Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Leigh Pugsley

Courses Completed

Anatomy Course
Matwork Course
Platinum Instructing Course


How are you using your Pilates training?

Full time Platinum instructor at Studio Pilates Ashgrove


What has been your greatest challenge as a Pilates instructor?

Fighting the stereotype that Pilates is about stretching instread of getting strong and lean.


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

Apple cider vinegar… amazing for digestion and keeping the gut in order


What is your personal Pilates/exercise philosophy?

It’s not always about how many springs you can pump out. It is also about having impeccable technique to avoid injury and develop strength safely.


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

In the Night – The Weeknd


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

Reverse Biceps (on the Reformer)…. it’s challenging on the arms even for people who have stiff necks. They can really feel the burn.


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

I come into work early so I can feel the program before I teach it. Great to know where to push your clients when they are getting tired.


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

Always be genuine and empathetic towards any injuries. Discretion can also go a long way to maintaining a client’s confidence.


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

I plan to attempt another Studio Pilates 30 Day Challenge along with my clients to feel stronger in myself and to spend more time with friends and family.


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