Instructor of the Month

Introducing Teresa Adams

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I first started in the Fitness Industry in 1995 teaching exercise to music, Aerobics and Step Aerobics.  In the early days of my career I performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London representing the West Midlands.

I completed my initial Pilates training in London with Michael King & Malcolm Murihead.  I still continue to attend technique workshops with them, at their studio in Stiges, Spain.

I wanted to keep upskilling and updating my knowledge and did an internet search and found JPilates.  I have attended many workshops and training with Jo and never looked backed since.  I can say Jo is one of a few people who have inspired me.

I also have a full time job working 35 hours per week for Remploy as an account manager.  I teach 6 classes in the evening and four 1-21’s.  I have a wealth of experience in Health Conditions and Disabilities and qualified in British Sign Language Level 3, bringing a unique service to deaf clients. I am committed to developing my own understanding practise and knowledge.

Q&A session:

How would you describe your style of teaching?

My style of teaching is of a mix; on Mondays & Tuesdays it’s a specific structured class focusing on techniques to enable clients to achieve the best from their class. Focusing on the how to improve their posture, their flexibility, build strength and help them to develop control through balance.

Wednesdays & Thursdays is more of a flow class, I tend to use small equipment in these classes. Efficiency of movement is to be continuous between exercises.  Exercises are intended to flow within and into each other through appropriate transitions.  Flow will build strength and stamina and through continuous movements can re-train the body to move more efficiently and safer.

In all my classes I like to keep the body moving, giving benefits on what an exercise is good for example:  The Roll Down relieves back tension, helps improve blood circulation throughout the body, stretches and increases mobility in the back, spine, neck, and hamstrings. (I then may ask in another class 2 weeks later "who can give me some examples what this exercise is good for.." making it interactive.  It’s good to hear their answers. 

What is your client base like? 

My clients are of a mix of ages from early 20's to early 70's!!! Looking to maintain tone, strength and flexibility or looking for ways to manage pain following injury, wear & tear or caused by poor posture. I have four 1-2-1 clients as well. My class timetable keeps everyone motivated, passionate, fresh (attending Jo’s workshops helps bring out the practical side of motivation which helps me in progressing towards my vision). I love the variety of age groups and types of classes I teach.

I always say to my clients listen to your body, your body works different from day to day.  It depends on what sort of day you have had, your body will react too,  if you have had a stressful day your body will know!

What are you planning for the next 12 months?

Wow, in the next 12 months is going to be an exciting time for me, I intend to bring my version to life! At present I'm looking to source a place for my studio, offering clients different classes to suit all levels from mat, small equipment or the use from Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Wunda Chair, (and after attending JPilates Reformer training) I will eventually purchase  a Reformer.

What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you overcome this?

The thing I found challenging is I don't have enough time to fit in more classes! I have now pencilled in a new class to start on a Tuesday evening at Hits the Spot Natural Health and Back Care Centre.  Another thing I found challenging is self-practice! However I now have it scheduled in my diary. I do 2 hours per week, I will also fit in some cheeky time when I can in my bedroom I will roll out my mat :-).

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates instructor?

Knowing you are making a difference to people’s lives, this is incredibly rewarding to have a direct impact and influence in other people’s lives.  When you receiveemails or text messages from clients, saying how much better they feel in themselves

Email received from one of my 1-2-1 clients! This makes it rewarding!!

"A few words about how Pilates has helped me, thanks to your hard work. Since I started my 1:1 Pilates sessions just over 6 months ago there has been a noticeable improvement in my balance.  It’s very exciting when I can stand to do things like clean my teeth or pour water from the kettle without having to hold on to anything!  I can feel that my core muscles have strengthened and also my posture is much improved compared with 6 months ago.  I feel some benefit from each Pilates session, even if I sometimes feel a bit tired because you have worked me hard! Thanks for all the hard work Teresa-keep it up!"

If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?

Follow your dream and your passion and believe in yourself, every dream precedes the goal. Invest time by upskilling yourself, attending workshops, training and attend classes whenever you can, it’s always good to be taught as well.

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