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instagram-michelle-lane-pilatesAfter working all over the world, natural performer Michelle Lane joined sister Cat Lane as an instructor at Tempo.  This month we’re speaking to her about travels, interests, and tips to get the most out of your routine.
TP: When did you first hear about Pilates?
When I was at dance college we had Pilates classes to help us gain core strength, which is crucial for dancing.  It was vital for reaching a professional standard in dance and for avoiding injury and helping existing injuries.

TP: How long had you been doing it before you wanted to become an instructor?
I looked into becoming an instructor as a side job when I left college, so about 3 years.  However, I didn’t get round to doing my instructor training until 8 years later!

TP: What’s some advice you have for a new student at Tempo Pilates?
Choose a reformer where you can see others around you, so you can get the gist of the movements.  We keep the class flowing (hence ‘Tempo’), so take things at your own pace and soon you’ll enjoy the flow of the class and will be rising to new challenges every time!  Your instructor will assist you as much as possible.

TP: What are some other forms of exercise you do/would recommend?
Yoga for deep stretches and ‘zen’, and for cardio I like a good dance aerobics type class because it’s fun so you don’t mind that you’re out of breath!  Try to use your technique from Pilates in all forms of exercise (breathing, core, control, alignment), and you’ll be working efficiently, effectively and safely.

TP: You recently went to Japan for work before starting at Tempo, what was it like? Was there much of a Pilates presence?
Japan was amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone!  I was in Tokyo doing a show so in my time off I was doing as much sightseeing as possible.

I understand there is a Pilates scene in Tokyo – it’s a very happening city and a lot of the international Pilates training methods exist there too.

TP: You’re in the WC2 | Covent Garden studio every weekend, do you have any recommendations for things to do and see in the area after a class?
Well, I love theatre so watching a show is a must!  I love Neal’s Yard, the Jubilee Market, Seven Dials, and there’s a beautiful little-secluded garden called The Phoenix Garden, down Stacey Street.

TP: A good film/show/book/performance you’ve read/seen recently?
I saw An American In Paris recently and it was beautiful.  Lovely catchy tunes and beautiful dancing.  The cast was very multi-talented! Also the film ‘Tallulah’…dark and funny and brilliant.

Catch Michelle’s reformer pilates classes in our E8 | Hackney and WC2 | Covent Garden studios today!

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Student of the month- tempo-pilates-reformer-pilates-london
Nicholas joined us in October 2012, attend 2-3 times a week and see an amazing improvement in flexibility, core strength and mastered the plank.

TP: When and what made you decide to join Tempo Pilates?
Nicholas: October 2012, at the suggestion of my wiser half.

TP: What changes have you noticed…
Nicholas: I have become more flexible!

TP: What I like the most about Tempo Pilates is…
Nicholas: An hour of great exercise flies by, and is enjoyable.

TP: What is your favourite Tempo Pilates playlist tune?
Nicholas: Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance.

TP: What do you do to wind down after a class?
Nicholas: A light run home, or cycling to work.

Well done Nicholas


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OFF REFORMER with Maureen Zalloum

Maureen-Zalloum-pilates-instructor-london-personal-trainingA dancer from the age of four, Tempo Pilates instructor Maureen was first introduced to Pilates when specialising in contemporary dance and used Pilates as a way to prevent injuries during the intense training. It was love at first sight. Here we chat to her about dance, places to eat around our E8 studio and more.

TP: What made you get into Pilates?

Maureen: It was back when I was training dancing. In order to prevent injuries and also to improve our technique, we had to practice Pilates twice a week. It was then when I realised how beneficial it was for my fitness.

I believe it helps with posture and strengthening the muscles that aren’t necessarily being used in our daily lives.

TP: Why Tempo Pilates?

Maureen: I had never done reformer Pilates before going to Tempo Pilates and it blew my mind!

I find Tempo Pilates challenging and the music makes it fun at the same time.

I guess as a dancer moving to music comes naturally, and I love exercising to the tempo of the music; it distracts me from pain and fatigue and elevates my mood, which helps me to keep pushing.

TP: What changes have you noticed on your body since starting Tempo Pilates?

Maureen: I feel stronger and leaner, I have a lot more energy and stamina and I feel healthy. In short, I’m happy!

TP: What is your go-to exercise on the reformer?

Maureen: I love lunges because they really work your leg muscles and are great for the glutes! (laughs) – I tend to use them a lot when I teach classes.

TP: How do you keep fit outside the reformer?

Maureen: I have been going to Hot Yoga classes at Fierce Grace in Old Street. I also enjoy a bit of jogging.

TP: Your favourite local places for food and drinks:

Maureen: I love Joe and the Juice as well as Ellory, located downstairs to the E8 | Hackney studio, they serve delicious sharing plates.

TP: Your favourite social media people at the moment:

Maureen: I really like Sia Marshall @sianmarshallpilates and also Joni Weeks @jjweeks_pilates on Instagram, you should check them out!


Maureen’s classes at Tempo Pilates exude her love for movement and music, find out more about her click here> and or check our schedule to attend to one of her classes!


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Student of the Month | July 2017

Those who work out with a partner they feel comfortable with are more energetic and happier than those who work out alone, according to a report by Santa Clara University scientists.

Having that in mind we decided to pick not only one student of the month but two.  And because they are a couple they didn’t mind sharing the illustrious title.

Isabel and Miguel have been attending Tempo Pilates classes since 2014 and during their interview, they chatted about their reasons for joining Tempo Pilates, their favourite reformer moves and the changes they noticed since starting their Pilates journey.

TP: What made you start practising Pilates, and why Tempo Pilates?

Miguel: Pilates was recommended to us by a friend as a good way to keep fit. We searched online for somewhere near home and found Tempo Pilates E8 | Hackney.

Isabel: I started because I wanted to have better posture and a lean, long and trim body! (Laughs)

I think Pilates sessions at Tempo Pilates are quite a different experience from mat Pilates, it enables you to carry out beneficial exercises with relative ease and it’s also a lot of fun.

TP: Have you noticed any changes since you started practising?

Isabel: I think I’ve been practising Pilates for 2 years and I have really noticed a change in my body. Practicing Tempo Pilates has really strengthened not only my core but my whole body and increased my flexibility and given me better posture – I think I’m taller now!! 🙂

Miguel: Yes, far more core strength (I can hold a plank for 6 minutes!), better posture at the office and definitely more flexibility, especially in my hamstrings.

TP: What is your favourite Tempo move/exercise and the one you find the most challenging?

Isabel: For me, the most challenging move is the single leg shoulder bridge.

Miguel: Planks are my favourite but because I can now hold them for longer. I find lunges on the reformer quite tough still.

TP: How would you guys describe Maureen’s classes?

Maureen is the best instructor ever, she’s professional and friendly and she is a great motivator – always ready to challenge us.  She is brilliant and always knows how to modify and accommodate anyone with an injury.

We can’t recommend Maureen’s classes enough 🙂


Interview by Jeison Rosendo


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