What is your name and surname?

Nicole Kristen Eyre

How old are you?

27

Where did you grow up?

Johannesburg

How did you end up where you are? – studies, experience, life

I come from a very active and social family. After school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, all I knew was that I loved working with people and that a desk job would never cut it for me. I took two years to work and gain some life experience and then went back to studying a BCOM in marketing.

Why did you start with Pilates?

As a full-time student I had flexible hours and spent a lot of my time between studies at the gym where I first started partaking in a Pilates class as part of my exercise regime, I always had an aptitude for fitness and a lot of the other members and instructors urged me to become a trainer. I decided to pursue becoming a Pilates instructor part time to earn some extra cash as I was going into the final years of my studies, what I didn’t anticipate was how well I would do at it and how much of a career it would become or how much I would love it.

How are you involved with Pilates Dynamics?

I am currently an instructor at Pilates Dynamics teaching group classes and private clients as well as kids pilates and assisting in the teacher training. I have also been a student at Pilates Dynamics as I did my comprehensive large equipment qualification through them in 2018.

What is the best part of this job?

It’s hard to pick just one thing that I think is the best thing about my job, but if I had to I would say that it is the satisfaction that comes with helping a client reach their goal, whether it be recovering from an injury and being able to part take in recreational activities again such as a sport they love, dancing or even just returning to gym or correcting an imbalance that elevates pain and improves their quality of life or just something as simple as increasing strength, improving flexibility or losing weight. Watching your clients transform from being someone who is at the mercy of their bodies become the masters of their lives …is the best part of the job for me.

What is the best thing about Pilates?

Again I don’t think you could say it’s just one thing that is the best thing about Pilates. Pilates is an extremely difficult form of exercise, it entails so much concentration and coordination, a synergy between mind and body to create a symphony of movements in a slow controlled manner, “and then you also want me to try to remember to breath during all of this as well...” my clients often joke with me, so I would have to say the best thing about Pilates is when the light bulb clicks on and you actually start to understand the movement, get the form right and feel the benefits of the exercises, the achievement is exhilarating .

What is your five favourite things in the world and why?

In no specific order; Pilates, health and fitness would be one of my favourite things, two would be my animals, three would be family and friends, four would be spending summer days by the pool and five would be travelling.

What strange habit do you have – or something that you do and other people usually don’t do?

A strange habit that I have is I draw a straight line down my forehead to the tip of my nose with my index and middle finger when I am feeling anxious, stressed, annoyed or upset.

What is the most valuable lesson you have ever learnt?

To live a life you love and do what makes you happiest. If you live your life trying to always make others happy and in turn it makes you unhappy, you will be the only one who regrets it when your time is up. This is the most valuable lesson I have ever learnt, it changed my whole perspective on life.