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!