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instructor of the month

Tracy Ward

December 2016

WHERE DO YOU TEACH?

I teach in Aberdeen, Sotland in a studio that I hire, but I supply all equipment and run the business myself. 

Your teaching tips

Be prepared! Always plan your classes well in advance, learn your plans, and prepare modifications as you never know what's coming in to your class. 

Listen to your clients! It makes modifying things for them much easier and their experience is more positive if they know you've responded effectively and included them.

Attend classes yourself, either in your field or other fitness classes. This really helps you develop your own teaching style as you learn what you like and don't like. It will stop you getting too repetitive too and constantly re-evaluate your cues, exercises and flow of your class. 

Favourite Exercise and reason why?

I love Leg Pull in Prone- movng from four-point kneeling in to the high plank position. I feel you work so hard through your upper body and core to hold this position and so many different variations can be added on; single leg lifts, rotation to side planks, side twists press ups etc. It's a great way to work lots of muscles and get up a good sweat by moving through the combinations! 

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

I began in the fitness industry 12 years ago as a fitness instructor. I needed a part time job whilst I was at University and this was the pefect fit since my life revolved around sports and exercise! During my studies I began attending pilates classes in my lunch breaks and quickly realised the benefits to my body, and mind. Almost immediately after graduating with my Physiotherapy masters I signed up to do my Pilates Teacher Training and set up a Pilates business soon after. 

 

I completed my BarreConcept training back in 2014; this was an excellent addition to my business and lead me on to teaching BarreConcept classes, as well as running Retreat days and events involving pilates and BarreConcept. At the start of 2016 I became an APPI Pilates Presenter and now teach these pilates courses UK wide. It's fantastic to share your experience and knowledge and see others getting as enthusiastic about their work as you are!

Do you have a motto or mission statement?

Loose yourself in the things you do, for that is where you will find yourself. 

This is my company motto and blog slogan! I truly believe immersing yourself in what you love is the key to success and happiness, both professionally and personally. If you're going to do something you should do it wholeheartedly, getting the most out of it and also learning the most along the way too.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

I feel like I'm right at the place in my career that I want to be. I dreamt of becoming a sports physio within a private organisation for so long when I was younger and I just love my pilates business too, their the perfect compliment to each other. I've worked hard to get to where I am, and at some points it felt like I'd never get to this position or have these opportunities, so for now I just want to enjoy where I am and not be chasing anything else! 

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