“THE WORK” Graduate Feature: Amy Kellow

Don’t be fooled by Amy’s self-deprecating humor. She’s one tough cookie! A graduate of THE WORK and the highly-selective TEACHING THE WORK Master’s Programs, Amy runs Everybody Pilates, a successful Pilates studio in the UK, and is the founder of the Classical Pilates Convention.

Here, she talks about how Pilates creeped up on her — and what she’d love to ask Joe and Clara Pilates!

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO COMMIT TO A PILATES PRACTICE?

I first tried Pilates in 2002. I was always active in hockey and lacrosse throughout school and university but it never occurred to me that I needed a strong center as well. Pilates intrigued me as I had never exercised with much thought for my body before. I soon found myself attending more classes and seeking out instruction from more experienced teachers. I think my body committed to a practice well before I had!

HOW HAVE THE VINTAGE PILATES MASTER’S PROGRAMS AFFECTED THE WAY YOU TEACH AND PRACTICE?

I feel very privileged to have graduated from both programmes. THE WORK really sculpted the way that I workout. It helped to develop a better understanding of how I should feel Pilates in my body. It gave me a more formal structure to my workouts and keeps me on track even today. TEACHING THE WORK was a wonderful experience in teaching me how to become the teacher. I often catch myself thinking “What would Jay do now?” or, “How would Karen explain this?”!

AMY_SWAN

Amy doing her favorite move: The Swan Dive. Photo by Andrea Maida

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE?

At this time the Swan Dive is one of my favorite exercises. I still remember my Skype lesson with Karen where we nailed it for the first time! The Swan Dive always used to hurt my back and was the one I would avoid. It has taught me so much about my body — the good and the bad. But it’s nice to feel that I really get it now!

IF YOU WEREN’T A PILATES INSTRUCTOR, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Well, I always thought I would like to be a dancer, but clearly my grace and skill tend to disagree. As did Jay on one of my first visits to Vintage Pilates. Stood around the table chatting with other instructors and he took one look at me and said, “Oh, she’s NOT a dancer!” Never mind. Sometimes when no one is watching I’ll let the inner dancer sparkle!

IF YOU COULD ASK JOE AND CLARA PILATES ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

How do you keep those whites so white?