Get to know the PPF Instructor Trainers

March 26, 2024

Hi, future Pilates instructors! Emily here, PPF co-founder and Head of Instructor Education.

It can be quite daunting registering for an intensive Pilates course and never having met the trainer who you are going to spend long days with! Therefore, we thought we would introduce ourselves first, so you get to know a bit about us as well as a rare insight into a Pilates instructor training course!


A little bit about me and why I love Pilates:

I previously worked in hospitality before becoming an instructor. I grew up dancing and as a theatre kid, I loved using my body, being active and performing. When I stopped dancing after high school I felt really lost and felt the gym was not only boring but very intimidating. This is when I found PPF and discovered my second love; Pilates! Pilates is challenging; once you have reached your goals there is always something more to aspire to. I love the focus on breath with movement, almost like mediation. I chose to become an Instructor because I love how Pilates makes me feel and wanted to share that passion with other people. I also love having a job I am passionate about! I have now been teaching for almost three years full time and am still loving it!

Why I love being an Instructor Trainer:

My favourite part of being an Instructor trainer is creating connections with students and supporting them throughout their training. Becoming an instructor can be intimidating as there is so much to learn and think about. I would love to make that journey easier for our students and be available to answer any questions they have.

It is incredible to be able to watch them gain confidence and grow into amazing Instructors.

What are a few tips for future students to take on board during their training?

Never stop learning. Once you get comfortable with the basics keep leveling up your skills. Try enrolling in an Intermediate Pilates course or a Prenatal course. The beauty of Pilates is there will always be more information, exercises or challenges you can learn. Don't forget about your own Pilates practice. As instructors it is easy to forget to take ourselves to a class. Go to classes and see how other instructors teach you might remember exercises you forgot about and pick up awesome cues! Have fun and bring the energy!


A little bit about me: 

I am from the UK and moved to Australia almost 10 years ago after living in London and working as a Manager in Retail on Oxford Street. In Australia I worked as a Multi-State Manager in Cosmetics and wanted to embrace a different lifestyle which still utilised my previous skills of training however in a new way which is why I made the decision to leave one career and start another and haven't looked back.

I got into Pilates 9 years ago when I moved to Australia, I loved that it allowed stillness in my busy life. I can't do yoga as my mind is crazy active, yet the focus I need for Pilates ensuring I am engaging the correct muscles and making sure I have good technique stills my mind and gives me the quiet time I need mentally whilst my body is still moving - wanky I know but it's the truth!

What traits of a student stand out in the instructor training?

My favourite thing about becoming an instructor trainer is seeing those 'aha' moments in people's training when cues, corrections or exercises suddenly make sense to them and they feel it in a new way or understand the reasoning behind it.

What qualities do you see in a PPF trained instructor?

For me, from a recruiting perspective what I see in a PPF trained instructor is the confidence in teaching, they can not only articulate the exercise effectively giving the full body set up and breathing patterns but their verbal and physical corrections of clients are concise to maximise the workout whilst allowing their personality to shine through, no two PPF trained instructors are the same in the best possible way.

What is your favourite thing about being an instructor trainer?

I really like inquisitive students when they want to know the why behind a movement or setup. To me that tells me that they are understanding on a deeper level and how the movement effects the body as a whole.


A little bit about me: 

I got into Mat Pilates years ago when I was living on the Gold Coast. Then, when I moved to Brisbane, I was introduced to Reformer Pilates by my physio. I started doing clinical Pilates twice a week, and then started going to a Pilates studio. I wasn't into sports or exercise growing up. I was the one at school who would come up with any excuse to get out of P.E. class, but finding Pilates changed all that for me. It gave me the confidence to move my body and not feel embarrassed. Now, I exercise because it's fun! I love doing Reformer, but I also love Barre, going for a swim and even going to the gym.

I had a couple careers before finding Pilates. I was a family lawyer for a few years, but it wasn't for me, so then I moved into teaching, which I always wanted to do. I taught English as a Second Language for around 6 years, and enjoyed being able to share my love for language with my students. It was fulfilling to help them learn and become more confident with English. Working as a teacher taught me a lot too - people learn in all different ways, and as a teacher, you have to be able to adapt and change the way you teach to include everyone.

During my last couple of years as an English teacher, I started to instruct Pilates. I fell in love with instructing so much that I gave up my job as an English teacher and moved to instructing Pilates full time.

What do you love about Pilates.

There are so many things I love about Pilates, but I'll try to narrow it down to three main things:

1. Pilates combines a good balance of strength, muscle tone and flexibility/mobility.

2. Practicing Pilates encourages you to focus on your body in a mindful way. This awareness creates more understanding of your body, how it moves, where you hold tension and what makes you feel your very best.

3. It's so much fun!

What made you choose to become a Pilates instructor.

It was a really easy decision to become a Pilates instructor. I love teaching and I love Pilates, and I wanted to help other people move their bodies with confidence.  

What is your favourite thing about being an instructor trainer?

I was lucky enough to work with our most recent cohort of Mat PIlates students. I was mostly involved in marking their practical assessments and giving them feedback around this. What I enjoyed the most was seeing how excited (and maybe a little nervous) the students were, but mostly how eager they were to learn and understand all they could about instructing.

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