About Nina

Nina doing pilates in poole

CYQ Level 3 Pilates Instructor

Active IQ Lower Back Pain Instructor

 I have worked in the Sports and Leisure Industry since the early 1990’s. I started as a Recreation assistant, whilst studying A level Sport Studies and City and Guilds Leisure and recreation. I worked my way up to Duty manager. I then coached Trampolining and Gymnastics both recreational and competitive for over 22years. 

I decided to become a CYQ Level 3 Pilates instructor when both my boys started school. I spent my week day evenings teaching Trampolining and Gymnastics, but decided on a career change.

I have been involved with Pilates since it became popular in the UK in early 2001, teaching since 2008. As an ex-gymnast with lower back pain and degenerate knees, I benefited from regular Pilates classes. I found that it was reducing the amount of lower back pain I was getting and my posture had improved. I was more aware of my body, how I stood, walked, sat and slept.

My Qualifications

I trained and qualified with Pilates Training Solutions Belinda Buttery (PG. Dip Exercise Science. HND NPL Master Pract Cert Ed) and Claire Worman (B.SC Osteopathy. BSc. Sports Science.) Pilates Training Solutions bring the latest research from the clinical field into the world of Pilates.

I am also qualified to take Pilates and Pregnancy classes, tutored by Helen Carpenter-Waters, (Director UK Fitness Academy). Small Equipment Instructor and Studio Equipment Instructor.

Active IQ Level 4 Lower Back Pain Management Instructor. Training people to Manage Lower Back Pain, looking at lifestyle and postural analysis, designing a programme specifically for them to alleviate the amount of pain, and achieving personal goals, i.e. return to work. This is always on a one to one basis.

After qualifying as a level 3 instructor, and now Active IQ Level 4 Lower Back Pain Management Instructor, Small Equipment, Large Equipment and Studio Equipment, I offer Pilates classes for Group Mat Work, Small Groups, One to One, (GP and NHS referrals), Pregnancy and Pilates, Small and Large Studio Equipment.

I run my own business, Body Shape Pilates, which opened the first purpose built Pilates Studio in Dorset 2012. Body Shape Pilates has it’s purpose built Pilates Studio in St.Clements Road, Parkstone, Poole.

I completed a workshop to become an Equilates instructor. Equilates is a series of prescribed exercises to enhance Rider and Horse Synergy.

I have also completed a workshop for Teaching Pilates to Children.