Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Ana Whale

Courses Completed

Anatomy Course
Matwork Course
Pilates for Pregnancy


How are you using your Pilates training?

I’m currently teaching Pilates (including pre-natal) as well as barre classes at a wonderful studio a few times a week (outside of working a full time corporate job).


What has been your greatest challenge as a Pilates instructor?

Gaining the trust of my clients and building rapport with them – it’s so easy to want to doubt yourself and your abilities, but we have to remember to be patient and always continue to learn.


What is the one fitness or health related item you can’t live without right now?

I’m pretty addicted to my Fitbit Charge 2, even though it doesn’t track Pilates and Yoga effectively enough (much to my disappointment)!


What is your personal Pilates/exercise philosophy?

Keep it simple and the challenges will come! More often than not the most effective exercises are those that aren’t difficult to set up or undetake but have enough depth in them to continually challenge us each and every time.


What song or playlist is keeping you and your clients motivated in class right now?

I create playlists on Spotify for my classes that are timed to the classes I teach in duration and always include warm up and stretch tracks – it helps me keep track of the time as well as pace the workout appropriately.


What is your favourite exercise to instruct right now and why?

The kneeling side leg series has always been a favourite of mine, I feel the target spots almost immediately and find it’s always a nice challenge for my clients!


How do you prioritise or find time for your own Pilates practice?

This has been a tough one to balance, since I also work full time and teach outside of the 9-5. I make sure I take a lunchtime class at work where I can, it’s a treat to be a student and indulge in having someone else teach, as well as continue to develop my teaching skills by being in others’ classes.


What is the greatest tip you could give another Pilates instructor?

Don’t stop learning and always be yourself. It can be easy to get swept up in how we think we should look and act as instructors, but I feel that if you’re true to yourself, your clients will get the best of who you are and what you can offer them.


What does the rest of the year hold in store for you?

More classes, more learning and a baby!


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