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About Us

Realistic Pilates was founded in the year 2000 by  Fiona Brown. Combining her extensive practical experience in the fitness industry, with the traditional discipline of Pilates, Fiona and her team have devised an accessible, dynamic and contemporary approach to Pilates Body Conditioning. Pilates is a method of body conditioning, which was developed over 80 years ago by Joseph Pilates.

The Realistic Pilates Team encourage their clients to develop a healthy self-image, through the development of better posture, proper co-ordination, breathing and improved flexibility. As a direct result of our innovative approach, clients often experience improvements in confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness resulting in a new zest for life!

Our expertise in teaching multi-level classes in the Fitness Industry enables us to bring the same successful approach to Realistic Pilates.

At first glance, Realistic Pilates may seem to be a gentle and easy form of exercise; however its combination of strengthening and mobility moves can create a very intense and highly beneficial workout. High fitness levels or great suppleness are not a necessary pre-requisite for Pilates. In fact, Realistic Pilates enhances both of these conditions, whilst strengthening the ‘core muscles’ within the torso. Realistic Pilates also develops breathing control, co-ordination and stability of the body, changing muscle lengths, relaxing and re-balancing the body.

The Realistic Pilates team are all fully trained Pilates Instructors with a wealth of knowledge and experience. For rehabilitation after injury or for more individual attention, one to one sessions are highly recommended. Read more about each instructor below.

Becky – Midlothian

Becky began working in the fitness industry 10 years ago and was inspired to train as a Pilates teacher after seeing the difference Pilates makes to people.

As a mum of two young kids I understand the importance of creating you-time in the busy muddle of life. Before having my baby daughter my day job was sitting at a desk in an office… where there wasn’t much movement. This showed me first hand the difficulties and issues brought about by leading a sedentary work life. I love the freedom teaching Pilates has given me and I am so excited to share these styles of Pilates with you and hope you feel the benefits as much as I do.

I am continually learning and attending workshops and courses to further my knowledge and career. Recently I added an Assessor qualification, allowing me to work with training schools for those working towards a career in the fitness industry.

I absolutely love working with beginners and seeing the progress and achievements my clients make… no matter how small they are. If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch, even just for a chat!

You can contact Becky via email: becky@realisticpilates.co.uk

Kate – Edinburgh East

Kate qualified as a registered Nurse over 30 years ago and has worked in several specialities but most recently cancer services across the South East of Scotland. Kate completed a teacher training course in 1990 and has taught Pilates for coming up for 3 years.

Kate started out as a client of Realistic Pilates in 2007 and found the teaching style made a significant impact on her health and wellbeing, so much so she was inspired to train as a teacher with the EnergyWise Academy in 2016.

Kate has continued to update her fitness education and keep her knowledge current by attending continuing professional development training days at the EnergyWise Academy, Queen Margaret University and most recently commenced on her yoga teacher qualification through QMU.

Kate will make sure the classes she instructs are safe, achievable, realistic and enjoyable.

You can contact Kate via email: kate@realisticpilates.co.uk

Jenny – Edinburgh East

Jenny has worked as a PE teacher for more than 20 years and taught Pilates for coming up 3 years.
Having had personal experience of how Pilates, specifically realistic pilates,  can positively impact health and well being was what inspired Jenny to train as a Pilates teacher.
Jenny continues to develop her knowledge by attending  professional development sessions and is also currently working through her yoga teacher training.
She will teach to keep you safe, working and enjoying your class.
You can contact Jenny via email: jenny@realisticpilates.co.uk