OFF REFORMER WITH Kirsten Somers

Pilates-trainer-london-Kirsten-Somers

 

Kirsten’s fun and bubbly style of teaching has made her popular with Tempo Pilates students. You can find her classes regularly in our WC2 | Covent Garden and E8 | Hackney studios. Find out Kirsten’s best advice and summer favourites in our interview below.

 

TP: Tell us about your journey with the Pilates, such as when and how you started practicing the method.

Kirsten: I started practising Pilates about 5 years ago and after a couple of classes I loved it. I started seeing the benefits to my posture, muscle imbalances and also how it assists me in stress relief. It is the whole package for me.

TP: What is it about the Tempo Pilates method you enjoy the most?

Kirsten: The routine at the start of a class really gives students the opportunity to grow and develop. I love seeing new students progress and increase their confidence over a few classes.

TP: What’s some advice you have for a new student at Tempo Pilates?

Kirsten: Enjoy the music, try and have some fun through class and the rest will follow.

TP: What’s a misconception about Pilates you would like to debunk?

Kirsten: It is not Yoga 🙂

TP: Tell us your top tips for students to correct form during class.

Kirsten: Try not to rush the exercises, take the time to think about the cues the instructor is giving, this will help ensure you get the best form & deepest results from the exercises.

TP: What are your best tips to keep cool during a class?

Kirsten: Pop some ice in your water bottle to keep it cool & make sure you take a drink throughout a class.

TP: Besides Pilates, what are some other forms of exercise you enjoy and can recommend?

Kirsten: Oooh tough one, I do also enjoy a good gym session or a HIIT class.

TP: What are your best tips to boost energy for fitness?

Kirsten: Staying hydrated, listen to your body and increase water intake depending on the weather and your activities.

TP: What are your favourite places in London to eat and drink?

Kirsten: Brunch at Sunday Barnsbury, delish.

TP: A fitness apparel/accessories brand whose products you enjoy?

Kirsten: I don’t have a dedication to any particular brands, Lululemon have a lovely range but GAP also have some great reasonably priced items.

TP: Three Instagram profiles you are a fan of?

Kirsten:

GoneAdventuring Pilates
Korinnolanpilates
Jessdempsey

TP: A favourite summer holiday destination?

Kirsten: Thailand 🙂 take me there now, please….

TP: Your favourite song from our July playlist?

Kirsten: Inaya Day – Nasty Girl, such a great tune.

TP: Who is an inspirational figure you look up to?

Kirsten: I have some very close friends and family who have overcome huge life battles and inspire me every day to enjoy the life we have, we only get one.

TP: What’s a quote or saying you like to live by?

Kirsten: Don’t take yourself too seriously.