Instructor of the Month
Introducing Anke Schroeder
Before I moved to London in 2000 I worked as an Internal Auditor in Germany. However sport played always a big role in my life. During my days of studying I worked as a fitness coach in our local sport club and was also a keen windsurfer, runner and tennis player. Later I started with snowboarding and kickboxing. In London I was occupied with motherhood and sport was just my hobby.
In 2014 due to a kickboxing injury I started to train on the Pilates apparatus. I enjoyed working on equipment and quickly realised that through Pilates I am not just protecting my body for injuries but it also helps me to excel in other sport diciplines.
In January 2015 I signed up for a Pilates mat teacher training course with Allison Swan, previously Pilates Foundation and now Independent Pilates Teachers Association. Her training program is recognized by the YMCA Award (CYQ). I successfully finished the course in October 2015.
I teach 1-2-1, run a small group in the Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club and work as a freelancer for Virgin Active, Nuffield Health and The Fitness Mosaic in Camden. I have started the Equipment teacher training program with JPilates in July 2016 and have finished 3 out of 4 of the modules.. My last exam will be in October.
I practice Pilates on apparatus 2 times a week and visit workshops to keep up to date. I will start the Romana Kryzanowska Teacher Training Program in January 2017 , because I believe it is important to keep learning and I am a strong believer of the classical repertoire and its benefits.
Being German and coming from the same area as Joseph Pilates I can really relate to his Philosophy. My parents and Uncle were chairman and trainers of TB Essen Altendorf 1884 and I was involved in the club culture as Eva Rincke describes in her book: Joseph Pilates, der Mann dessen Name Programm wurde.
How would you describe your style of teaching?
Focus on technique.
What is your client base like?
Young, middle age, sporty people
What is your most favourite move and why?
What is your least favourite?
Horseback on the barrel
What do you find most challenging about your work and how do you overcome this?
Helping my client to get more body awareness to feel the benefits of Pilates.I teach very hands on, so make sure the client feels the moves and challenges.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Pilates instructor?
Making people happy.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Teaching in a classical studio and in one of the major gyms.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new instructor what would it be?
Stay true to yourself and follow your instinct.
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