CATHERINE RIDING - Move your Frame - Pilates Instructor


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What was your journey to becoming a Master Trainer?

I have been teaching fitness and Pilates for over 30 years in London’s premium studios so I bring a huge amount of knowledge and experience to the table. I have trained fully comprehensively on all the Pilates equipment to an advanced level with two of the world’s leading Pilates Schools – Merrithew & Polestar as well training on the megaformer machines with Lagree. I also have an extensive fitness background and am certified as a Lifestyle and Nutrition Coach. Over the years I have worked in numerous club and studio management roles which gives me the skills to effectively develop people & programmes. I bring all these elements into my work to get the best out of people and ensure the Frame Pilates offering stays fresh and exciting. I love the Frame’s ethos & values so it was an absolute honour to be asked to join their MT team.

What makes your class so f’cking awesome?

Put simply, come to my class if you want to get in the best shape of your life. I deliver no-nonsense, carefully curated reformer classes that will work every muscle in your body and leave you feeling amazing both inside out! I do not apologise for my classes being challenging – if you want results you have to do the work right? But my style is very inclusive and I will give lots of modifications, technique corrections and encouragement so you can work safely and effectively at a level that is right for you.

What’s your favourite way to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind?

Do what you love and then you will never do a day's ‘work’ in your life! Surround yourself by positive and supportive people who value and love you, and focus on what you can do not what you can’t! Honour your uniqueness - limit social media!!! Be yourself as everyone else is taken!

How does your choice of exercise help you with day to day life?

For me, Pilates is the ultimate total body workout that everyone should do. It gives me a strong lean and flexible body and has kept me not just injury free but I seldom get tension in my body. I find Pilates workouts are energising and nourishing as opposed to the gruelling fitness sessions I used to subscribe to in the past which left me feeling exhausted, sore and in need of massage. When taught well, Pilates should be a beautiful meditative flow on the machine enabling you to switch off your mind and connect deeply with your innermost being. I find the greatest peace of mind, and most inspiring ideas when I am moving my body.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I am too old to feel guilt. The days of beating myself up are long gone. Life is about balance. That said I equally respect my body and don’t want to put junk in it or on it – I value it way too much and love feeling vibrant and vital at all times. However, if you want a couple of vinos on a Saturday night make sure you are booked into my 9am reformer session 😉