Our Team

Why our instructors are so incredible

Real Pilates is powered and driven by inspirational people who are dedicated to making a difference to your lives. We’re holistic to the core, open, honest, calm, caring and highly accessible.

Instructors

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Annette

Pilates Instructor

Annette’s love for movement started with ballet at the age of 5 in Panama where she is from. She grew up in in Panama City, surrounded by tropical nature and beautiful beaches. She was a ballet dance for 13 years, until she moved to London to complete her Master’s degree in Fashion Brand Management.

While working in the corporate world she felt something was missing. Having scoliosis and suffering from severe back pain nothing worked until she discovered Pilates and fell in love with it! She knew right away that this was the new direction of her life. So the shift to the Pilates world happened naturally and with immense enthusiasm. She pursued her new found passion at Real Pilates in Dubai and became a certified STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Mat and Reformer. The fact that Pilates allowed Annette to become pain free after years of suffering is the foundation of her desire to help others. She wants everyone to experience these and many other benefits of Pilates.

In her free time, you'll find Annette working on healthy new recipes! Eating healthy is part of her wellbeing. She strongly believes that the process of taking care of oneself happens both on the outside but also on the inside.

At Real Pilates, Annette teaches group mat and reformer classes as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Csilla

Pilates Instructor

With over 10 years experience in the Fitness Industry, Csilla is a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels. She is also qualified in pre and post-natal Pilates.

Her passion for Pilates stemmed from personal experience, as she suffered an ankle injury while running the New York Marathon in 2010, and saw first-hand the remarkable effects Pilates had on her rehabilitation. Being a triathlete, Pilates soon became part of Csilla’s everyday routine in a quest to remain strong and injury free. Csilla then embarked on her journey of becoming a Pilates instructor, and has trained in London, Czech Republic, Malaysia and Dubai.

Csilla moved to the UAE in 2012, and has worked in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

She teaches private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes,

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Hayley

Pilates & Barre Instructor

With more than 20 years experience in dance, Hayley has been involved in movement and wellbeing for as long as she can remember.

Her passion for all things fitness-related led her to complete a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and become a Level 3 Personal Trainer. She discovered Pilates many years ago as part of her dance training and chose to complete a Diploma in Pilates as well undertaking additional training in Pilates Reformer and barre work. Originally from Scotland, Hayley has worked as an instructor in the UK and most recently Abu Dhabi. Hayley likes to bring high energy and fun to her classes and push her clients to their full potential in a safe and effective way.

She teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, group Pilates classes, as well as Body Burn and Real Barre classes.

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Helen

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Helen’s journey with Pilates started, as it does for many, with a personal success story. After going through hip surgery in 2015, Helen was put on a path to start Pilates as part of her rehabilitation process. Seeing the results on her own body, Helen fell in love with Pilates, and vowed to bring this joy and movement into other’s lives as well, and so began her journey to becoming a Pilates Instructor.

Helen found the perfect marriage with STOTT PILATES, and through Real Pilates became a STOTT PILATES certified Mat and Reformer Instructor, before completing the TOTAL BARRE course.

Helen truly believes movement is the key to slowing down the aging process. Her passion now is to educate clients on the essence of movement and instill in everyone Pilates principles they can use in their everyday lives, enabling them to move with more energy, less pain, improved endurance and strength.

Not surprisingly, her hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding and scuba diving!

Helen teaches a variety of Mat, Reformer & Barre group classes, as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Helen Louise

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Helen is from the UK and Dubai has been her home for 14 years. She worked in Banking in the UK for 18 years and for a number of years worked evenings teaching aerobics and step aerobic classes alongside her day job. She took a break from the corporate world in 2002 when she became a mum but kept up her active lifestyle with gym work, running, netball and tennis.

Feeling a need to complement her activities, Helen discovered Pilates 10 years ago and has been hooked ever since, loving both mat and equipment classes. With her children growing up, she decided to turn her passion into a new career for herself. She has completed her STOTT PILATES Level 1 & 2 Mat and Total Barre certification with Real Pilates.

She loves to share her passion and knowledge with others to help them feel the great benefits of Pilates that she herself has enjoyed. You can expect a lot of positive energy in every class.

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Jenny

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Jenny’s interest in Pilates started after 12 years as a competitive figure skater, dancer and gymnast in Australia. She continued regular Pilates sessions whilst studying business at university, and the classes were always the highlight of her day. After 3 years in a corporate working environment and battling some ongoing back issues, her passion for Pilates led her to become a certified Pilates instructor in 2009.

She is also a certified Personal Trainer, Barre Instructor, TRX/Suspension trainer, Post-Rehabilitation & FMS certified, and spent many years as a course presenter in Australia. Jenny has a keen interest in, and many years of experience with, pre/post-natal training. She has worked across Australia & Asia, and moved to the UAE in February of 2019.

Jenny is passionate about training people to move well, often & efficiently, and Pilates offers this like no other form of training. Through her teaching, Jenny hopes to inspire others to find this same motivation and enthusiasm for Pilates. She aims to provide a balanced, well-rounded workout that increases energy, improves strength and encourages a healthier lifestyle.

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Ketija

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Born in Riga, Latvia, Ketija spent two years studying in London where she successfully completed her Extended Diploma with distinction in Sports and Exercise Science.

To further her education and to follow her true passion, Ketija moved to Dubai in 2015 since when she has become a certified STOTT PILATES instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair & Barrels. Ketija is also qualified in Pre & Post Natal Pilates, Injuries and Special Populations as well as being a fully certified REPs UK & UAE Personal Trainer.

Ketija's focus in life is on a healthy body and mind, and when not teaching or training in Pilates, she enjoys swimming, spinning, yoga, boxing, circuit training and snowboarding.

Ketija, with her amazing and fun attitude, brings a wealth of passion, expertise and motivation to her classes. She is the proud Winner of the 2017 Rising Star of the Year award at the Sport 360 Fit Awards.

She teaches group Pilates, Body Burn and Real Barre classes, as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Maria

Pilates Instructor

Maria first fell in love with Pilates when she was a university student, undertaking a business degree in her hometown of Santiago, Chile. When she moved to Dubai and found Real Pilates, it was love at first sight. One day the idea of changing careers crossed her mind and she decided to go for it, signing up for her first course in 2014. Maria enjoys the precision of the movement and attention to alignment. She enjoys the satisfaction of helping people feel and move better and aims to educate her clients in the same way she learned when was one.

Maria is passionate about life, loves animals, travelling, nature, meditation and trying new experiences every time she gets a chance.

Maria is a STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer Instructor, Total Barre instructor and trained in Merrithew Fascial Movement. She currently teaches Group Pilates classes.

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Rachael

Pilates Instructor

Rachael’s love of trying new sports led her to Pilates and from day one she knew Pilates was for her. She decided she wanted to teach and share her knowledge after taking classes for over 10 years. She has trained in her beautiful native New Zealand as well as Australia, the US and now here in Dubai.

Rachael’s passion for Pilates shines through in every class. With an eye for detail, she motivates and encourages clients to get the most out of their workout with a focus on posture and technique.

Rachael has a Bachelor of Music degree and a background as a Flute Teacher and playing in orchestras. She also enjoys skiing and hiking. She has walked both the Camino Frances and Camino Portuguese, hundreds of kilometers across Spain and Portugal.

Rachael is a STOTT PILATES Instructor in Level 1 and 2 Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations. She has also completed a number of specialised workshops.

She teaches Mat, Reformer, Chair and Prenatal Pilates classes as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Robin

Yoga Instructor

Robin has been teaching Yoga as professional instructor for over 16 year, but his journey and deep relationship with Yoga started more 25 years ago in his beautiful native India.

In 1997 he started competing in various Yoga Competitions in India till 2002. After a few years of competitive break, in 2014, he started participating in international professional competitions this time. That same year he became also officially became an International Yoga Referee.

Robin has a Master’s in Physical Education and has been living in Dubai since 2003 with his wife Bhama who is also a highly skilled Yoga teacher. They have been sharing their knowledge and experience with healthy lifestyle enthusiasts and yogis from all walks of life. Robin believes Yoga has a real message for humanity – a holistic message of physical, mental and spiritual wellness. To Robin, Yoga is so much more than just an exercise form or a profession. His motto is: "practice Yoga and experience the changes in you".

At Real Pilates, Robin teaches Hatha Yoga group classes as well as private sessions on demand.

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Sanam

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Sanam grew up in Iran and was introduced to Pilates when she moved to Canada. She quickly turned a love of Pilates into a new career. She became a certified mat instructor with the Physical Mind Institute of Canada, and completed her STOTT PILATES mat and reformer certification in Dubai. Sanam has skied from a young age and has a love of dance. She also has a BA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Criminology. She teaches a variety of mat and reformer group classes as well as prenatal and private and semi-private personal training sessions.

Sanam is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Level 1 Matwork, Reformer and Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor.

She teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, group Pilates, Body Burn and Real Barre classes.

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Thomas

Pilates & Yoga Instructor

At a very young age Thomas became aware of the imbalances in his own body, as he suffered from chronic back pain. This was later diagnosed as a mild scoliosis in the spine. His ongoing and keen interest in functional fitness and mindful-movement, first led him to practice Yoga in an attempt to manage his own postural issues. When he was introduced to Pilates in 2005, he was hooked for life! By diligently practicing Pilates and actively working on managing his scoliosis, he has been pain free ever since!

Thomas has been teaching Pilates since 2007 after he completed his Matwork and Reformer courses. He taught from his own studio until 2012 and has worked at various studios in South Africa since then.

Thomas holds a full certification (Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Special Populations), which enables him to assist and instruct clients with postural issues, those in rehabilitation, as well as athletes looking for a challenging workout.

His motto is: “We all start somewhere, and can always improve, no matter how fit or weak we may feel”.

He teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, as well as group mat, reformer and chair Pilates classes.

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Vicki

Pilates Instructor

Vicki brings much knowledge and experience of teaching pilates to our studio. She was a medical negligence solicitor in the UK, but when she was injured she discovered the fantastic healing ability of pilates and loved the way it complemented her active lifestyle.

Training originally in the UK and then in Australia, Vicki believes that movement is lotion for the body and correct posture is essential for a high quality of life. She has been lucky enough to train with the best instructors internationally in the UK, Australia and throughout Europe. She loves applying her knowledge and personal experience to help clients improve their strength, mobility and flexibility, working with injured people up to elite athletes. You will find Vicki's positive attitude a great source of motivation.

Vicki is trained in matwork, cadillac, reformer and chair. She is also a STOTT PILATES and Total Barre trained instructor.

She teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes.

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Victoria

Yoga Instructor

Victoria began practicing yoga 8 years ago, as an adjunct to fitness training and a stressful career. The practice helped her remain injury free and better manage stress levels. She then began to see how others could also benefit from the practice - in promoting health and wellness, increasing strength and flexibility and building resilience to modern life.

It is this drive to enrich other people's lives that motivated her to complete her 200-hour teacher training and become a certified yoga instructor.

Having always been interested in health and wellness, Victoria previously worked as a nurse in the UK and as is now studying a degree in Nutritional Sciences.

Victoria strongly believes that yoga is for all. She enjoys teaching strong, lighthearted yet constructive yoga that helps people to move better day to day - this approach allows people to gain a better understanding of themselves and their bodies, plus improve their quality of life.

Instructor Trainers

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Hayley

Functional Anatomy Instructor Trainer

With more than 20 years experience in dance, Hayley has been involved in movement and wellbeing for as long as she can remember.

Her passion for all things fitness-related led her to complete a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and become a Level 3 Personal Trainer. She discovered Pilates many years ago as part of her dance training and chose to complete a Diploma in Pilates as well undertaking additional training in Pilates Reformer and barre work. Originally from Scotland, Hayley has worked as an instructor in the UK and in Abu Dhabi before moving to Dubai.

Hayley shares her knowledge of anatomy with passion and energy in a way that allows her students to truly understand, learn and be able to apply their learning to their practice and teaching of Pilates, yoga and functional fitness,

She teaches Functional Anatomy courses, level 1 and level 2.

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Jennifer

Merrithew Instructor Trainer

Jennifer first discovered Pilates in 2007 while she was living in Toronto. She was drawn to its teachings and the remarkable way it works for different body types. She has been lucky enough to travel the world and gain valuable experience and knowledge whilst practicing Pilates in various studios.

She moved to Dubai in 2008 and decided to turn her passion into a career and became a certified Instructor, undergoing training in Dubai as well as Toronto. In 2016, Jennifer went on to become a certified Instructor Trainer for Matwork and Reformer. She enjoys working with a range of clients, and draws great satisfaction from seeing others motivated and inspired to better themselves.

Jennifer has completed the STOTT PILATES full certification and is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer for Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels as well as numerous workshops.

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Paul

Merrithew Instructor Trainer

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer but also an advanced neuromuscular therapist, after training with Leon Chaitow ND DO of the University of Westminster and Judith Delaney, director of American Neuromuscular Therapy Florida. Paul is from Manchester in England and has been involved in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. Through his martial arts and military training he has developed a real passion for doing exercise right. His teaching style reflects his personality - clinical and precise - but he delivers it with a huge slice of humour.

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor. He is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specialised in Fascial Movement and STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, and Injuries and Special Populations.

He teaches Private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes as well as the full range of Merrithew teacher training courses and numerous workshops.

Rehab Specialists

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Paul

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer but also an advanced neuromuscular therapist, after training with Leon Chaitow ND DO of the University of Westminster and Judith Delaney, director of American Neuromuscular Therapy Florida. Paul is from Manchester in England and has been involved in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. Through his martial arts and military training he has developed a real passion for doing exercise right. His teaching style reflects his personality - clinical and precise - but he delivers it with a huge slice of humour.

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor. He is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specialised in Fascial Movement and STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, and Injuries and Special Populations.

He teaches Private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes as well as the full range of Merrithew teacher training courses and workshops.

Customer Service

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Catherine

Customer Service & Education Coordination

Catherine was part of the original Real Pilates team, arriving in Dubai in 2009, and has supported thousands of our members. She completed her Certificate of Computer Science at the Philippine American Computer Education before working as a data entry officer at Perfect Image Gym. She also held a secretarial role at the Kapis Mansion. Catherine was born in the Philippines, where she used to teach children catechism and volunteered in relief efforts after natural disasters hit her hometown. She loves reading books, camping and traveling.

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Diane

Education Business Development

Diane spent 15 years in the corporate world, working with one of the best entertainment company in the world. This experience was a first step in her desire to bring joy into peoples’ lives.

Diane moved to Dubai in 2016 and while looking for balance in this new life, found the answer in Pilates with Real Pilates. After being a loyal client for a couple of years, when this opportunity came up, it felt only natural that Diane stepped up to the plate.

Real Pilates allows her to move a step further in her desire to help people more profoundly, while offering her extensive business skills into her new role.

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Leigh

Customer Service

Originally from Zimbabwe, Leigh spent six years living in Australia before she moved to Dubai and joined the Real Pilates team. Travelling has helped her appreciate different cultures and so she loves interacting with our clients and learning about the great variety of countries they all come from. Leigh has previous experience in customer service and health care as she loves roles where she can help people.

Leigh intends to further her studies in Software Engineering. She loves all things gadget related so when you need to understand your latest iPhone update, she’s your girl. When she’s not at Real Pilates, you’ll find her listening to music or enjoying her new passion for watching sports.

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Rita

Customer Service Supervisor

Rita joined Real Pilates in early 2011, first at our Palm Strip mall studio, before moving to the JLT studio where balances her time between helping existing members with their classes and private sessions and suggesting the right classes to new comers. Prior to that Rita had accumulated 5 years experience in customer service in Dubai, including over two years as a branch supervisor in a well-known salon where she successfully built strong client relationships. Rita grew up in Kenya and has a Certificate in Computers as well as qualification from the International Air Travel Agency (IATA). She spends her free time watching movies, swimming and being with family and friends. Her greatest gift is her ability to connect with people. Her mantra is always smile, be happy and in every situation, be calm.

Leadership

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Zoe

General Manager

With a BSc in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, Zoe moved to Dubai in 2012 continuing a long career in the Fashion Retail Industry. With an affinity for sports and fitness from being a professional swimmer in her youth, Zoe began to explore the various options for keeping fit in Dubai and soon found Real Pilates. She fell in love with the studios and Pilates in general, and was a loyal client for many years.

Developing on her new found love for Pilates, she completed the Intensive Mat Pilates course with Real Pilates in 2015, but her then full-time workload in the corporate world got in the way of building on this further. Then, in 2018 when the position of GM for the studios opened up, Zoe jumped at the chance to combine her extensive People Management, and Business Development experience with her passion for Pilates and wellness, and take on a new challenge.

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Bita

Co-Founder & Director of Education

Bita is the secret behind the extraordinary success of Real Pilates as the regional training centre for STOTT PILATES in the Middle East. With more than 50 courses and workshops successfully conducted since the inception of the studio, Bita has helped turn Real Pilates into the region's most respected centre for world-class Pilates education and certification. Bita was previously the director of sales and business development at a leading regional IT consultancy firm. Her passion and determination has helped build Real Pilates to where it is today.

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Reza

Founder & Managing Director

Reza spent 10 years in the corporate world, working with multinational companies, and developing a career that many would envy, but in early 2008 he gave it all up to answer his inner calling and dream of helping others. Reza realised it was the right time to lean on his culture and personal background, languages, travel experiences, skills and aspirations to create something special. And so was born Real Pilates, a mind and body haven where, with the help of Reza and his team of certified instructors, you can de-stress, restore, reconnect and grow. Reza is excited about helping people transform the relationship they have with their mind and body, and believes the richest life is that of those who enrich other people's lives. This is only the beginning of a promising journey, as Reza’s ambition is to explore other aspects of the world of wellness and continuously find new ways of helping others connect with their best inner self.

At Real Pilates, we believe in continuous education and ongoing training. All of our instructors are trained and mentored under the guidance of onsite Instructor Trainers.

All of our instructors are trained and certified in the STOTT PILATES method of exercise, one of the safest and most effective methods available. We are experts in our field and have specialist training in injuries and special populations such as pregnant women. Many of us have international experience and backgrounds in exercise physiology, rehabilitation, personal training, group exercise, weight training, yoga and dance.