Pilates is a body weight conditioning class focusing on mobility and core strength/stability. It is mostly mat/floor based, is low intensity and thoroughly works your internal muscles.

Read my full post here on what Pilates is, if it can benefit you, and what to expect from a class: https://sophie-ganderton.com/2017/04/30/what-is-pilates/


I hold a Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Mat-based Pilates and Instructing Pilates with small equipment – this means resistance bands, soft balls, weighted balls, Pilates rings etc. Most classes I teach are for mixed abilities as it’s rare to have a group of people all working at the same level – (complete beginners are welcome too).

I provide a private Pilates service where I am able to come to your home; 1-1 Pilates Instruction, tailored to your needs, using equipment if appropriate – in the comfort of your own home. I also teach regular classes at Ferndown Leisure Centre, and cover classes at various centres within the area. Finally, I teach corporate classes as well, enabling various companies to provide Pilates to their employees on or off site. For more information on any of the described, please get into contact via the “leave a reply” button at the bottom of the page, or via email which can be found here.

Every teacher has a slightly different style and adopts different methods within their teaching so you can always draw benefits from different classes.


I’m really passionate about Pilates and truly believe that anyone can benefit from it – don’t knock it until you try it! Exercise is essential for the physical and mental well-being of any human being, and Pilates is really evidence of this. It may not be your preferred style of exercise – I myself like to do strength training, for example, but I always incorporate the control and stretch of Pilates into my weekly exercise routine; and always feel better for taking that slightly calmer approach to wind myself down – especially if I’ve had a stressful day!

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