I first encountered Pilates when I perused the gym timetable looking for an “easy” class on a Monday evening. But obviously every time I walked out of the class I could be heard muttering to myself “that was not easy!” I didn’t care – I kept going back for more. I was hooked!
Pilates kept me strong and healthy throughout my 3 pregnancies, even when I was advised not to train as much whilst expecting my second child. It was at this point I decided to train to be a Pilates instructor.
It had really helped me to create a fit new post-baby body. Pilates also gave me a functioning pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. I could really see how so many other (actually ALL!!) people could greatly benefit.
I remember working as a nurse, looking around the waiting room and being desperate to help the people in there. And not just in a medical way, but their health and fitness too. This inspired my decision to focus all my time and passion on the healthy side of health care. I knew that many of these people wouldn’t even be in the hospital or in a GP waiting room if they invested some time in themselves.
So today I find myself living in beautiful Whitstable with my fitness coach hubby, 3 children, Luna Dog and Harry the rabbit. I’ve not had a gym membership for years and I can’t imagine having one – or in fact having the time to get to one. Plus no gym has sea views for running and rolling country hills for cycling.
My fitness regime has to be efficient and convenient and my classes, one to ones and programmes reflect this. I know that health & fitness is vital. But I also know that modern life is bonkers so needs to be easily intertwined into our daily lives.
Through Pilates, the right nutrition and lots of encouragement from me, you can get the body you want. Find me on Facebook @catherinechapmanpilates or Instagram @catherine_chapman_pilates