November 5th Update
Following the announcement by the Government for a short lockdown, both of the Alan Herdman Pilates Studios will be closed from 8pm on Wednesday the 4th November 2020 until at least Thursday the 3rd December 2020.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year. It has made me and all of the teachers so happy to see the studios alive with people again and we have benefitted so much from your positivity, trust and dedication. All of our clients are important to us and every one of you is a friend of the studio. A special thought to those of you who are still shielding.
If you would like to keep exercising during this period, please contact Mauro and he will be able to put you in contact with the teachers for 1.2.1 online Pilates mat work classes. You will be able to use the credit remaining on your account. Please organise this through Mauro even if a previous contact with a teacher was created during the first lockdown.
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New Procedures for Seymour St Studio from September 2020
With the studios re-opening we have introduced new procedures for our Seymour Street studio, detailed below. The same information is on the PDF if you would prefer to print it out.
Please bring with you
• Face covering/mask
• Towel for under your head
• Carrier bag to store your outer clothes
• Cup or bottle if you would like water
• Please make sure that you are on time for your appointment
• Keep to the left on the staircase
• Use the sanitising station (gel, wipes, spray) inside the door in the studio
• We will take your temperature (only clients with a regular body temperature admitted)
• Remove your shoes and keep them with you
• Follow the one-way system to the unisex changing room (second door on left)
Only one person at a time in the changing room, so please knock to ensure it is
vacant before entering
Put your shoes on the metal rack, and your outer clothes in the carrier bag that you have brought with you
Please don’t consume food or loiter in the changing room
• At the moment all Pilates classes are 1 hour long (the 4.2.1 classes for 90 minutes are being substituted with 2.2.1 for 1 hour), so a very limited number of clients will be admitted every hour
• The teachers will keep clients in their own assigned area
During the workout clients MUST use a face mask at all times
Clients should bring their own PPE, Alan Herdman Pilates is providing PPE for the team (face shield, masks, gloves)
Teachers will sanitise every apparatus after use
• Please follow the one way system to get to and from the toilets and water cooler (please use your own cups or bottles for water)
Inside the toilets clients will find sanitising gel, automatic soap dispenser. Small towels are provided to dry hands, they will then washed and sanitised on a high temperature wash and tumble dried
• When paying for classes, clients should use cards and not cash
The card terminal is at a safe distance from the desk, please wipe the keyboard before and after the use, antibacterial serviettes are provided
• Please be considerate of other clients and the environment around you when at
Download PDF checklist of studio procedures
Alan to teach at Rancho La Puerta wellness retreat
Alan will be leading Pilates classes at the wellness retreat Rancho La Puerta in March 2021. The long established spa resort is in Mexico, just an hour from San Diego, and offers a full programme of fitness and workshops to guests.
Alan’s classes will be tailored for two levels of experience:
Pilates Mat: Fundamentals (Progressive)
Sunday – Friday, 9 AM
Am introductory progressive class is for those who have never experienced the benefits of this core strengthening, posture aligning methodology. Clear, concise and simplified for those who are a novice or need a brush up of the fundamental basics.
Pilates Mat: Level 2.
Sunday – Friday 10:00am (not progressive)
A moderately quicker paced Pilates mat class for those individuals who regularly practice Pilates mat at home. Many classic exercises with a twist, occasional use of props, and moving at a slightly faster pace – this Pilates class will leave you invigorated, stretched, and strengthened!
Visit the Rancho La Puerta website for more information about the resort and booking details.
2020 London Arcus Training Courses Announced
Booking is now open for the 2020 Arcus Training Courses at Alan Herdman Pilates, with course leader Mauro Ossola.
Saturday February 22 2020 2-8pm
Level 1 Arcus Essentials
Focusing on an Introduction to Arcus including safety and teaching Arcus exercises on Pilates equipment.
Saturday May 16 2020 2-8pm
Level 2 Arcus Essentials
Focusing on intermediate and advanced Arcus exercises on Pilates equipment with an additional 75+ modifications for private sessions and group classes. Upon completion of this course, participants receive a certificate of completion.
Saturday September 26 2020 2-8pm
Arcus Hip and Knee Replacement Training
Expand your Arcus training to help your clients facing hip and knee replacements. In this one day course, you will gain knowledge, problem solving skills, and exercises for helping your clients move with greater confidence. In the Arcus for Hip and Knee Replacement one-day course, you will learn:
– How to assess and establish a timeline for clients that are planning for and recovering from hip and knee replacements
– Contraindications at various stages of recovery
– 25+ exercises to address specific movement problems at prehab and post rehab
Courses are held at the Alan Herman Pilates Studio, 63/79 Seymour Street, London W2 2HF
Book your place via the McEntire Pilates website – click the course titles above for links to the booking pages
$295.00 per course
Email Mauro Ossola if you have questions about the courses
Alan Presents Workshops at The Pilates Gathering
Alan will be presenting three workshops at this Edinburgh based international conference on Saturday September 21st: “Prepare the Body for Pilates Mat”, The Versatile Chair for all”and “Reformer Footwork/Leg Work”. Places are filling up quickly so please check the workshop timetable for the full programme and availability.
Please visit The Pilates Gathering website for more information and to book your place.
September Workshop in Zurich
Alan will be teaching workshops at City Pilates, Zurich over the weekend 28th & 29th September. Participants can attend for one or both days, which are scheduled:
Saturday, 28 September 2019, 6h Workshop (90 min break)
10.30 – 13.30h Pre-Pilates matwork
15.00 – 18.00h Depth as opposed to advanced
Sunday, 29 September 2019, 6h Workshop (90 min break)
09.00 – 10.00h Masterclass matwork
10.00 – 12.00h New way of footwork, are we wasting time with footwork?
13.30 – 16.30h Scoliosis
Cost for one day is CHF 450 – please email
if you would like to attend both days.
Maximum 19 participants.
+41 44 558 24 54
Class of 2019 Graduates from AHP Teacher Training Course
Our 2019 graduates receiving their certificates from Alan Herdman and Sara Gallie after successfully completing the AHP Teacher Training Course.
The course is truly international and our graduates will be teaching all over the world including China, Singapore, Latvia, Belgium and Italy. There are still a couple of places for the next course, starting in September 2019, please follow this link for information and a form.
New phone number at AHP Canary Wharf Studio
We have a new phone number for our Canary Wharf studio – please make a note of it and delete the previous one. The new number is 0207 970 0924.
New Monday Reformer Class at Canary Wharf
Reformer classes at our studio in Third Space, Canary Wharf are in high demand currently, so we’ve added an extra class on Monday lunchtimes which runs 13.15-14.00. Reformer classes are for a maximum of 6 people, who all do the same class, and this one is suitable for beginners. Please call Alan Herdman Pilates on 0207 970 0900 for more information and to book.
ARCUS 2019 training dates
The next ARCUS courses which will be taught by Mauro Ossola at Alan Herdman Pilates, central London, are as follows:
Sunday 16th February 1pm-7pm
ARCUS Level 1
Sunday 7th of July 1pm-7pm
ARCUS Level 2
Sunday 16th October 1pm-6pm
ARCUS Knee and Hip
ARCUS FUNDAMENTALS is divided into two days (Level 1 and 2). On the first day students will learn about safety, and explore more than 30 ARCUS basic and intermediate exercises plus modifications, with another 30 ARCUS exercises and more modifications on the second day. On completion of both days students will receive a certificate of completion (not PMA CEC’s).
ARCUS KNEE AND HIP REPLACEMENT is a one-day course where the students will expand the ARCUS repertoire and training to help clients facing hip and knee replacement. The course is based on learning a new knowledge, problem solving and exercises for helping your clients move with greater efficiency with more then 25 ARCUS exercises for pre and post rehab.
To book your place on Levels 1 & 2 – Two Day Course 16th February & 7th July CLICK HERE TO BOOK
To book your place on Level 1 only – One Day Course 16th February CLICK HERE TO BOOK
To book your place on Level 2 only – One Day Course 7th July CLICK HERE TO BOOK
More ARCUS information can be found on the McEntire website or contact email@example.com