Claire Roberts

Pilates Instructor and founder
Claire Roberts

Pilates has been a part of my life for the past 15 years following major back surgery, and it has helped me achieve a stronger, toned and more flexible body. I decided to take the plunge and become a Pilates instructor and once I had qualified, teaching Pilates became an all consuming passion and Power of Pilates was born. The satisfaction from seeing even the smallest improvement within your class is so rewarding, and I believe my personal experience of using Pilates as part of my rehabilitation allows me to have some understanding of the challenges that many of my clients face.

My introduction to pilates

I was first introduced to Pilates as a part of my rehabilitation following major back surgery; after suffering years of a restricted lifestyle, back pain, sciatica and painkillers, my disc collapsed back on my spinal cord causing temporary paralysis. A spinal fusion was performed and I found myself in a body brace and on crutches with months of hydrotherapy and rehabilitation ahead of me.

"Eat live and breathe pilates"

My physiotherapist encouraged me to live, eat and breathe Pilates and to use the principles whilst doing mundane tasks in my everyday life. This helped to retrain my body to move correctly and protect my back - even now, I automatically engage core when going over speed bumps!

I am now fitter and more active than I have ever been; I am a self confessed health and fitness addict and can generally be found doing some form of exercise every day. I qualified as an open water diver 3 years ago and ran the 5k Race for Life last year - things I would never have dreamed possible 9 years ago. Pilates is now a way of life for me, continuously strengthening my core stability and helping to prevent further back problems.

I am Pilates level 3 qualified, which is the highest accredited Pilates qualification and regularly attend Pilates workshops as I believe to you can never stop learning! I am a member of REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) and I am fully insured to teach in a group environment and on a one-to-one basis.

The birth of Power Of Pilates

When I created Power of Pilates I wanted to ensure that the class size was restricted to allow everyone to have individual attention – each body is different and the session is tailored to take each person into consideration. Pilates is a personal to you and your body, and I want my clients to be an individual, not just a number. I am passionate about the sense of well-being that Pilates brings you and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm with you!

Qualifications:

  • Level 3 Pilates
  • Pilates Studio Equipment
  • Register of Exercise Professionals
  • Full insurance
  • First aid certification

 

Certificates in:

  • Intrinsic Biomechanics (Apr 12)
  • Evolutionary Fitness Pilates (Jan 09)
  • Pilates with small props (March 09)
  • Spinal Pathologies and Peripheral Joint Injuries (Nov 09)
  • Pilates and Pregnancy (Apr 08)
  • Pilates and Pregnancy (Apr 08)
  • Pilates Arms and Legs (Dec 07)
  • Pilates X-band (Dec 07)
  • Pilates Body Rolling (Dec 07)

Accredited Pilates Training with Michael Fritzke & Ton Voogt

  • Triad Ball (Oct 09)
  • Pilates with small weights (Oct 09)
  • Joseph Pilates by the book (Oct 09)
  • Mat Variations (Oct 09)

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