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MEET THE TEAM

Bootcamp Pilates trainers are highly qualified professionals from a wide range of fitness and sporting backgrounds, from yoga to rugby, physiotherapy to traditional Pilates. But before they start training our members, we make sure they complete our own thorough and industry-recognised training course. And it’s well worth noting that not everyone who starts the course makes it to the end.

While ensuring that trainers keep Pilates at the heart of their teaching, our in-house qualification gives them a firm foundation on which to build their wide range of individual training styles. So, whether you want tough love or easy-going encouragement, and whatever your training goals or fitness level, you’re bound to find a trainer to match.

  • SIGNE HANSEN
    SIGNE HANSEN
    SIGNE HANSEN
    Studios: Fulham

    Signe Hansen first started doing yoga more than 15 years ago, but it was not until six years ago, when back and knee pain prevented her from doing other high intensity sports, that yoga became more than just a weekly stretching session. Slowly, it became an essential part of her life, a way to deal with stress and nurture her body and mind.

    Today, Signe practises a wide range of yoga styles (including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Dharma, Rocket and Power Yoga) with some of London’s best yoga instructors. In 2016, she qualified as a yoga instructor from the Power Yoga Company in Fulham and has since been combining her experience to create dynamic and restorative practices for people of all fitness levels. Her main goal as a yoga instructor is to help spread the benefits of yoga to everyone, everywhere.

  • Martyna Pumputyte
    Martyna Pumputyte
    Martyna Pumputyte
  • BRETT STARKOWITZ
    BRETT STARKOWITZ
    BRETT STARKOWITZ
    Studios: Strand, Notting Hill

    With 14 years Pilates teaching experience and a vast fitness training background, avid gym goer Brett will push you to your limits both mentally and physically during his classes. Known for his fun, precise and challenging nature, Brett specialises in strength conditioning, core conditioning, flexibility training, pre-and postnatal and injury rehabilitation. His favourite move is the swan, as it builds spine health and gives perfect posture.

  • TAMARA SHAKER
    TAMARA SHAKER
    TAMARA SHAKER

    Nicknamed “T”, Tamara is both mat and reformer Pilates trained and qualified. Tamara loves making her classes interesting and no class is ever the same. A big fan of the jump board, Tamara loves to focus on strengthening both the core and glutes, describing her classes as “challenging, energetic and fun”. Tamara’s favourite exercise on the reformer is a short spine stretch, its great for spine mobility and also works the core.

  • DAYRA PENAGOS
    DAYRA PENAGOS
    DAYRA PENAGOS

    With a natural passion for fitness and following her curiosity, Dayra tried Pilates for the first time in 2012. Dayra quickly fell in love with Pilates, and decided to combine a Pilates career with her demanding role as a mum. Dayra goes by a “feel good and feel challenged” approach with her classes, which aim to provide a whole-body workout and help you discover your own strength. A major fan of the plank position and its variations, if you’re looking to build a rock-hard core then Dayra’s classes are a must.

  • CASSIE CONWAY
    CASSIE CONWAY
    CASSIE CONWAY
    Studios: Windsor, Fulham

    Cassie is both Mat Pilates and bootcamp reformer Trained.

    Her fitness journey started in California whilst living in Los Angeles. When she moved back to the U.K. our LA fitness girl turned this love of fitness into a career. She competed in various fitness competitions, excelling in her field. She then used that knowledge to help others achieve their fitness goals as a personal trainer.

    After a minor injury, she had no choice but to leave the gym alone for a while. That’s when she was led into the world of Pilates. Cassie used Pilates to continue her training whilst working towards overcoming her injury and absolutely fell in love!

    Cassie’s learning never stops, she does at least 4-5 Pilates classes a week and is always devising new routines to keep her clients guessing. She brings sunny California to each of her classes. Cassie’s classes can be summed up as High energy, dynamic and most importantly, fun.

    Cassie’s favourite exercises on the reformer involve glutes and core. Expect luscious legs when she’s finished with you.

  • ALI B
    ALI B
    ALI B

    Ali B runs our Notting Hill studio, combining her Mat Pilates experience with our Reformer Pilates training and all-round enthusiasm for health and wellbeing. Ali’s calm and friendly nature will put you at ease in flowing, dynamic classes that incorporate both her energy and love of fitness and music. Ali is tough and will get the best out of you, but always with a smile.

    So, get ready to challenge your mind, listen to your body and, above all, have fun. As well as Pilates, Ali enjoys yoga, stand-up paddle boarding and travel. You will see her mainly at Notting Hill and Shoreditch, but she covers classes at our Fulham and Richmond studios, too.

    Ali’s Videos
    Lunge with pike
    Z sit with reach
  • DAVID PEXTON-HAYES
    DAVID PEXTON-HAYES
    DAVID PEXTON-HAYES
    Studios: Richmond

    Nicknamed the “smiling sadist”, David’s classes are tough, targeted and fun, whilst his extensive music playlist will undoubtedly help you push yourself to your limits! With a level 3 PT and sports massage qualifications, David’s favourite move is the Shoulder Bridge, which mobilises the spine whilst targeting the glutes and hamstrings.

  • BARRY JUNG
    BARRY JUNG
    BARRY JUNG
    Studios: Notting Hill

    Barry Jung is half-American, half-German, with the discipline of the latter nationality and the easygoing attitude of the former. A professional dancer, he performed all over the world in jazz, ballet and contemporary before becoming a Level 3 personal trainer. Barry enjoys cooking, cinema, theatre and ballet in his free time. He brings a dancer’s grace and method to Pilates classes, whose mood and particularly music offer a unique opportunity to both work out and chill out.

    Barry’s Videos
    Shoulder stand
    Strap work
  • IVO DUCROSS
    IVO DUCROSS
    IVO DUCROSS

    Ivo Ducros isn’t known as Evil Ivo for nothing and can certainly put something of the boot into Bootcamp. But his no-nonsense attitude goes down well with our members and he’s a popular part of the team at all our Pilates studios. With a background in both wrestling and karate, Ivo trained at the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and is a qualified PE teacher. He brings drive, dedication and a dark sense of humour to his classes.

    Ivo’s Videos
    Side pike sequence
    Core work
  • ELLIOT LAKE
    ELLIOT LAKE
    ELLIOT LAKE
    Studios: Fulham
    Classes: Beginner Reformer Pilates, Standard Reformer Pilates, Express 45, Stretch & Tone, Mum & Baby, Cardio Pilates

    Elliot is the Owner and Head Trainer of Bootcamp Pilates Fulham. He has coached over 10,000 hours of sports and fitness training since qualifying in 1991. Elliot most recently trained with Polestar Pilates and is able to work with you on 1-1 level in case you need even more care and attention and have specific rehab goals in mind. His classes are always fun and he knows how to motivate you to really focus on your technique.

    Elliot’s Videos
    Pull-up and reverse curl
    Golf swing
  • BEN ANDREWS
    BEN ANDREWS
    BEN ANDREWS

    Ben Andrews is a Level 3 personal trainer with a degree in sport and exercise Science plus qualifications in spin, exercise to music, circuit training and power plate. Currently completing a Level 4 qualification in lower-back pain, his ambition is to set up his own personal training business and specialise in helping lower-back-pain sufferers. Ben is a keen footballer and tennis player who also enjoys weightlifting and all kinds of cardiovascular exercise. He strongly believes that improving flexibility and core strength improves everyone’s ability to either play sport or carry out day-to-day tasks.

    Ben’s Videos
    Full body sequence
    Single leg squat and glute press
  • HARRY ROWLAND
    HARRY ROWLAND
    HARRY ROWLAND
    Studios: Richmond

    Harry Rowland is a former professional rugby player and still competes at a high level. He might seem a little intimidating at first, but is always fun during the session. So, expect a tough, honest, down-to-earth approach and the occasional one-liner. Harry is always very approachable for help, advice and exercise corrections, giving and expecting 100% commitment in his classes.

    Harry’s Videos
    Shoulder press
    Explosive glute work
  • JAMES WOODHOUSE
    JAMES WOODHOUSE
    JAMES WOODHOUSE

    James Woodhouse has a laid-back – if highly active – approach to life, believing that if you take care of your health, everything else will follow. Ever since he was an overactive kid he’s wanted to keep moving, taking part in everything from football to hiking. James teaches the notion that the human body should be able to function for more than 100 years, making all the niggles that can appear in early middle age totally preventable. By practicing movement with good technique, he thinks we can live a pain-free life – and even attain that much-wanted six-pack.

    James’s Videos
    Single arm reverse fly
    Ice breaker – Core work
  • LUCY THIRSK
    LUCY THIRSK
    LUCY THIRSK

    Lucy Thirsk served for 15 years in the Army and is therefore no stranger to the “bootcamp” ethos. Having seen operational service in the likes of Iraq, she retired from the military due to illness but was determined to regain fitness and muscle definition. To do so in a controlled way, Lucy became a Level 3 Mat Pilates instructor, and was so impressed by her own recovery that she is now dedicated to helping others. Her military background means she likes working her clients hard, but her experience will keep you within your limits – making her classes fun but intensive. She loves running, keeping fit and broadening her expertise at Pilates workshops.

  • JORDI HULSHOF
    JORDI HULSHOF
    JORDI HULSHOF

    Former professional classical ballet dancer, Jordi has eight years’ experience of teaching Pilates, including teaching group classes as well as one to one training. A stickler for technique, Jordi strives to get everyone to reach their maximum benefits and results out of his class, making his classes extremely popular. Jordi uses his strict discipline from his ballet days to ensure everyone has each exercise nailed in order to achieve a full body workout and improved posture. However his tongue in cheek nature make his classes enjoyable, addictive and fun!

    Jordi’s Videos
    Strap work – core sequence
    Leg and tricep press
  • KAREN PIRH
    KAREN PIRH
    KAREN PIRH
    Studios: Shoreditch

    With ten years Pilates teaching experience and a range of qualifications under her belt, Karmen (nicknamed “Karmensitta”) has trained a wide range of clients from professional fighters to expecting mums. Karmen is strict yet patient, specialising in posture correction, muscle imbalances reduction, lower back pain management and flexibility. Her years of expertise means Karmen’s classes are creative, tough and dynamic, and will always leave you wanting more. Karmen’s favourite move on the reformer is the twisted pike, which strengthens side abdominals, obliques, deltoids and lats.

    Karen’s Videos
    Whole body sequence
    Side split and reach
  • JULIO CESAR NADALINI
    JULIO CESAR NADALINI
    JULIO CESAR NADALINI

    Julio Cesar discovered a passion for fitness in his native Brazil where was once a keen competitor in swimming, rowing, volleyball and martial arts. He then decided to help others achieve their fitness goals and has qualifications in personal training, kettlebells, power plate, TRX, kickboxing, and spinning, among other forms of exercise. Julio understands how important it is to look after your body, avoid injuries and increase energy levels. He also firmly believes that all exercise is better to a soundtrack of his favourite Latin rhythms. When not teaching, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, and singing and dancing as much as he can.

    Julio’s Video
    Double leg press and shoulder stand
  • NICHOLAS WALKER
    NICHOLAS WALKER
    NICHOLAS WALKER
    Studios: Windsor

    Nicholas is a well rounded, down-to-earth Kiwi. He has been involved in the fitness industry for 10 years and brings with him a wealth of qualifications in exercise prescription, soft tissue therapy and personal training.

    He has a breadth and wealth of experience gained in some of New Zealand and Australia’s best-regarded health clubs, personal training studios, massage clinics, and with a number of sporting teams. New to London, Nick is intent on bringing his considerable health and fitness skills to the big city.

    He possesses excellent soft tissue skills and has a particular interest in functional training. His passion is helping people return from injury and is an ideal trainer for any client with issues relating to pain, postural and movement education. That being said, he is equally happy using his skills and knowledge to push clients on to new levels of strength and fitness.

    Aside from his continued drive to continue improving his skills and knowledge to help clients maximise the benefit of their sessions, Nick’s great love’s are typically antipodean: travelling and rugby. So when he’s not busy helping people change their bodies for the better, you will most likely find him travelling through Europe or watching his beloved All Blacks get the better of everyone else!

  • SAM COX
    SAM COX
    SAM COX
    Studios: Windsor

    Calisthenics Personal Trainer and former rugby player Sam Cox (nicknamed Coxy) is a REPS Level 3 qualified Personal Trainer. Sam specialises in core stability and strength, glute activation and posterior chain development. His dynamic classes are well known for their high energy and personal attentiveness, with Sam always ensuring everyone is consistently using the correct technique. Sam’s favourite move on the reformer is a foot bar dip into pike, it involves an isometric contraction or your core which means your muscles are working as hard as possible.

  • LUCY POTUCEK
    LUCY POTUCEK
    LUCY POTUCEK
    Studios: Richmond

    Lucy Potucek has a broad sporting background in ice skating, gymnastics, trampolining and skiing, among other disciplines. With a degree in physiology, she went slightly off-piste for a while to work in technology sales, before being drawn back to extreme sports such as Krav Maga, Parkour and climbing. She loves working her clients extremely hard at both Pilates classes and Barre, and motivating them to get the results they want – while keeping them smiling along the way.

    Lucy’s Videos
    Dynamic lunge into kickback
    Leg extension and bicep curl
  • SAM GURNER
    SAM GURNER
    SAM GURNER

    With a highly sought after REPs (Register of Advanced Professionals) Level 4 Advanced Diploma, Sam has a broad range of qualifications from GP Referrals, to Running Technique, to Kettle Bells. A specialist in pre-and postnatal and Lower Back Pain, Sam mixes it up in her classes by using a variety of exercises, making her classes tough, yet fun and approachable. Her favourite move is the Surfer, as it “works your core, thoracic spine, the upper back, opens the chest, and you can imagine you’re surfing in the warm tropical sea as you do it. Very uplifting on a cloudy Monday!”

  • ZEE FILHO
    ZEE FILHO
    ZEE FILHO

    Zee began his fitness training career on the other side of the world, training Athletes in the Brazilian Army. After ten years, Zee moved to the UK where he gained both his Level 3 PT and Pilates Instructor qualifications. Zee’s classes are best known for their challenging and fun nature, and you can be sure to feel a BIG burn afterwards! Zee’s favourite move on the reformer is obliques on the box, which really targets this area in the most challenging way.

    Zee’s Videos
    Upper body sequence
    The saw
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Notting Hill Studio

64 Porchester Road, Bayswater,
London, W2 6ET

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63C Princelet Street, Shoreditch
London, E1 5LP

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Durham House St
London, WC2N 5LR

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Fulham Studio

2 Fulham High Street
London, SW6 3LQ

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Windsor Studio

13 Alma Rd
Windsor, SL4 3HU

01753 387 333
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Old Malden Ln
Worcester Par, KT4 7PX

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