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kirstin ferrie


As a pilates instructor, Ferrie has travelled around the world, teaching athletes and celebrities including the Duchess of York. She opened her fi rst studio in the UK last month


How many years have you worked in the health and fi tness sector? For 10 years full-time.


Could you describe your career path for our readers? I started dancing from a young age and went to professional dance school, where I discovered a deep love for pilates and what it could do for our bodies. My fi rst job in the fi tness sector was teaching dance classes and general fi tness in a gym. That came straight after I fi nished dancing myself. I’ve since worked in community halls and gyms, right through to some of the leading studios in the world. I’ve certainly been lucky that my


work has taken me around the world, meeting amazing people and visiting beautiful, interesting places: from London to the Caribbean to the US, Asia, Australia and now to my favourite place – home – in West Yorkshire.


What were the motivations behind opening your own studio? Opening my own studio was something I’ve wanted and worked towards for years – and I wanted to come home to Yorkshire.


What does the studio offer? The studio – Pure Pilates – offers pilates at all levels, and is fully-equipped. I only


have a maximum of three people in each of my classes, which ensures each client has the best possible experience and my full attention each time they come. The emphasis of the studio is on


all-round wellness, whatever people’s needs or reasons for coming. Whether it’s to recover from an injury, to enhance sports performance, for pre- or post- natal care or for general fi tness, pilates should make people strong and make other daily life activities easier.


What are your future plans for the studio and the brand? I’m certainly considering growing the Pure Pilates brand, but will be revealing my plans later in the year.


What drives you? Helping people. It’s really as simple as that. I believe in what the Pilates Method can do.


What do you want to achieve? My goals are for all my clients to enjoy themselves, as well as to reach their potential. My personal goal is to learn every day and to help people.


What do you think is the number one weakness of the fi tness sector? I would say there are two main challenges today: education and the need for fast qualifi cations. We should constantly strive for quality, not quantity, in our teachers and trainers. Meanwhile, we need to get through to potential clients just how essential this sort of approach is for their lifestyle and wellbeing.


Ferrie at the newly opened Ilkley site july 2010 © cybertrek 2010


What’s your favourite life motto or quote? “Physical fi tness is the fi rst requisite of happiness: in order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body.” Joseph Pilates


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