Gerry Lewendon

Gerry Lewendon

My qualifications

  • MA in Education
  • Body Control Pilates - Instructor
  • CYQ Level 3 Diploma in teaching mat Pilates exercises using small equipment, elastic bands, soft balls, magic circles, prickly balls
  • Level 3 Diploma in teaching pre/post-natal Pilates
  • Body Control Pilates - Pilates for the Older Person
  • Register of Exercise Professionals
  • FS Training - First Aid Qualified

About Me

I have spent my whole working life in Education and have also taught yoga in my spare time for 20 years. In 2011 I gained a nationally-recognised qualification in Level 3 mat-based Pilates (from PATS Milton Keynes) and have since taught both at spas and health clubs and privately. I have recently undertaken further training with the Body Control Pilates Association in London. I am also on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), a regulatory body set up to ensure that instructors meet the health and fitness industry’s national occupational standards

When training in Pilates I found my yoga experience a great help as Pilates shares some of the principles of yoga, being a fusion of Eastern and Western ideas, designed to stretch and lengthen muscles

Frequently Asked Questions

Pilates is an exercise system which focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture.
Pilates can help to improve posture, muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and mobility, as well as relieving stress and tension. It can also promote mental and physical relaxation.
Some people with non-specific lower back pain find that Pilates can provide pain relief.
No, not on its own. If you want to lose weight you should combine Pilates with a healthy diet and aerobic activities such as swimming, walking or cycling.
No. Pilates is suitable for people of all ages, even into your eighties. It’s never too late to start.
No. Pilates is suitable for people of all levels of fitness. Practitioners say it's a gentler way of raising your activity levels, especially if you have poor mobility, aches and pains or an injury.
Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise. However as a qualified teacher I will advise on exercises suitable to your level and ensure that the routines aren't too challenging. If you don't exercise already or you're recovering from injury, you may want to check with your GP before starting a class.
Both Pilates and yoga focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. With its emphasis on the unity between the mind and body, yoga has a more spiritual side that Pilates does not. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body) and breathing. Pilates also uses breathing, but its exercises focus much more on precise movements to target specific parts of the body.
Joseph Pilates designed his exercises to be performed on specialised apparatus, and later developed mat exercises to allow his students to practise at home. With Pilates on mats, exercises are mostly performed on the mat, sometimes using small pieces of equipment such as stretch bands and gym balls.