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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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OFF REFORMER with Claire Coles

We sat down with trainer Claire Coles for our first OFF REFORMER chat to find out more about her, what is exciting her at the moment and we also spoke about her career move from a primary school teacher to the Pilates world.

TP: So from Primary School teacher to Pilates trainer, what a change. How did the decision to change careers come about?

Claire: I was living in the US, teaching at a kindergarden school and had been attending Pilates classes for over two years. I was excited by the effect it had on my mind and body so I decided to study and become a trainer. First classical mat Pilates followed by reformer, as it was my favorite work out.

After my training was over I started to think of what my next move should be, and while researching Reformer Pilates studios I found out about Tempo Pilates and loved the idea of synchronising movement to the music.

I was also always excited about the idea of living in London, so being a trainer at Tempo was kind of meant to be.

TP: What do you like the most about Tempo Pilates?

Claire: I like the intensity of it, fast paced exercise to music. I feel you can work out and also stretch on the reformer, so it’s a very versatile way of exercising.

I also found that it was the workout with the quickest results! People have the idea that Pilates is not a real work out and usually compare it to yoga but they should definitely try one of our classes.

TP: Aside from Pilates, what is your favorite workout?

Claire: I love dancing, as a hobby and as an exercise.

TP: What do you do to wind down after a class?

Claire: I would love to take on meditation but I haven’t done yet. I like to go home and cook a lovely healthy meal and relax, read a book, have a glass of wine. I am also very into podcasts now.

TP: What book are you reading now?

Claire: I am reading The Secret  written by Rhonda Byrne, I find it very useful.

TP: What is your favorite song to work out to?

Claire: Beyonce! (laughs) or any R’n’B music.

Claire’s classes are fun, energetic and we love the Northern charm she brought to our studios. If you want to read more about Claire click here, or to catch one of her classes check the schedule on our website!


Interview by Jeison Rosendo

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