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instructor of the month

Adele Smyth

May 2018

WHERE DO YOU TEACH?

I teach from a very lovely studio in Thames Ditton, Surrey and in the Hampton Court & Esher area.  I also teach Privates from the studio and from people's homes.

Your teaching tips

Love what you do! Make each class shine as much as the last and enjoy it yourself.  There's nothing worse than not enjoying your own playlist or the moves that you teach.  Admitedly some moves you will favourite more than others, but use passion for all. Love the ones you hate as much as the ones you love.

Always prepare otherwise if you fail to prepare than you have to accept that you may be preparing to fail.  Ask your clients for feedback both positive and a little more encouraging!

Favourite Exercise and reason why?

For Pilates I absolutedly love rolling like a ball and seal.  Both the moves make my back feel great and I love the feeling of my hips opening with the seal.  Plus clapping your feet always makes me laugh!

For barre I love standing splits - the opening that you feel in your hips and the strength you gain in all muscles of your body.

 

tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in the industry

I have been involved in the fitness industry for 22 years! I have taught all styles of fitness from freestyle aerobics and step, to aqua and Body Pump.  Still love to teach spinning too!

I trained as a ballet dancer when I was younger and have continued with the ballet theme either through ballet class that I have attended myself and through my teaching.

Dancing is such a great energiser and releaser of stress that I try to add some into my classes.  I love to run and cycle and as a sport massage therapist, I appreciate how important Pilates is when combined with this therapy to help with any ailments gained from sport and/or everyday life.

I enjoy passing my knowledge and passion of my interest in fitness to as many people as I can.  I try to use as many functional moves as possible in my classes as an overall health benefit.

Do you have a motto or mission statement?

I guess I don't have a motto as such, but I am a firm believer in striving to be your best and not giving up at the first or any hurdle!  Fitness is a very popular area to be in and my advice would be to be yourself and to believe in what you do and who you are.  The grass may always look greener on the other side, but that grass may be fake! Stick with who you are and what you trust; you are your own brand - believe it!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I hope that I am still teaching as much as I am now if not more. As a nurse also, I have to manage my time well to fit in all my classes! 

To own my own studio would be my ultimate place to be, but Surrey is not cheap!  I would be very content to remain healthy and teach for many years to come!

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