Instructor of the Month
Introducing Adrian Bell, owner of Precision Fitness
Adrian has over 10 years experience working in the fitness industry. He qualified as a personal trainer and worked in exercise on referral and cardiac rehabilitation for a number of years. As a keen triathlete, he discovered Pilates as a means of improving core strength and flexibility. He was so inspired by the discipline that he trained as a Pilates instructor with the Pilates Institute.
Adrian is a Level 4 specialist fitness instructor and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He currently runs a specialist personal training and Pilates centre in Northumberland.
Q & A Session:
How would you describe your teaching style?
I like to facilitate movement and enable good function for all. I wouldn’t say I am hard core, but I like people to feel they have had a work out. Pilates is a fitness discipline and although it is important to take account of a person’s fitness level, I believe people should always progress.
What is your client base like?
Quite mixed as for most instructors. I do like to attract sports men and women and so I focus on the benefits Pilates can have on common sports such as cycling, golf, running and horse riding
After your Level 3 training what other training have you done?
Since qualifying I have done two level 4 courses – Postural Stability and Exercise for the Management of Low Back Pain, an ACSM Health & Fitness Specialist certificate, an Active Isolated Stretching & Strengthening course and a Sports Massage certificate. I have completed a Teacher Training certificate. I have also attended Pilates conferences/conventions – APPI, Zest and this year I presented at the JPilates Convention.
What are you planning for 2013/14?
I have recently opened a new Pilates Studio and so the next 12 months will focus on developing the business. I am also keen to develop my teaching work with JPilates.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates instructor?
Seeing people enjoying their sessions, following their improvements and being able to work at something I love doing. I genuinely do not feel that my work is a job.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
I would say be professional at all times, be passionate about what you do and practice and perfect the movements you teach.