After 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.