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instructor of the month

Karen Swift

January 2017


I currently teach Pilates in Seattle, having recently moved from London.

Your teaching tips

If our clients do not feel that Pilates is beneficial to them and in line with their overall objective for starting Pilates, they could very well lose interest and ultimately their focus and enjoyment. Therefore it is important to provide exercises that involve the same movement patterns to support the clients goals, and identify any weaknesses in their capabilities which should then be addressed through the appropriate exercises. 

Favourite Exercise and reason why?

The Saw.

Its one os those exercises I did not understand for a long time as I found it very awkward and saw no benefit. However once it was broken down into the various componants and I understood the opposition, I really started to enjoy the stretch.

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

I qualified with Body Control Pilates (BCP) in April 2005 and on the Pilates equipment with Pilates Sports Centre (PSC) in 2015. 

I attended my first Barre class in 2013 and really enjoyed the low impact, high energy workout to music. I decided to do my teacher training with Barre Concept, as I loved the fact the course applied the Pilates principles to the movements. I am in the process of working towards gaining Instructor Level 4 on the Register of Exercise Professionals REPS. 

I teach mostly privates, but I love to teach in different clubs as it provides me with the opportunity to meet and work with new people. 


Do you have a motto or mission statement?

I believe that enjoyment in your work, shines through in your work, only then can we really truly be successful in who we are and what we pass onto others. 

I love reading quotes and greeting cards, this is one of my favorite quotes of the year.

"You can learn the technique, but passion is cultivated through dedication, love, pride and respect in your work" - Piero Bambi 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I would love to specialise in working with the younger and the older generations, these are the times we really see a change in our bodies and I believe there are so many benefits both Pilates and Barre can bring at this time in peoples' lives.



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