About Your Team

Different approaches but with the same vision:

... we want you to achieve your goals, and without the fluff.

Miguel Bengoa

What do you get?

Hi, I’m Miguel. I’m the teacher & owner of your studio and writer for PilatesIntel magazine. What’s my approach to Pilates?

I teach Classical Pilates – as close to Joseph Pilates version as possible. It’s exercise and it’s hard exercise. You’re supposed to sweat.

I’m dedicated to learning the full richness of the Pilates Method. Pilates is often thought of as being gentle, non impact exercise. It IS non impact (though there are a few exceptions) and it’s gentle in the sense that we never do anything that is dangerous – everything is carefully graded so that you never do anything that is potentially dangerous – think “headstands or handstands” until you are fully in control.

I can teach in English 🇬🇧, Spanish 🇪🇸 and Turkish 🇹🇷.

Training and Certification

Balanced Body
Pilates Method Alliance
NPCP Teacher

Olga Savkina  🇺🇦

Separating the two stories of Olga Savkina  🇺🇦 (aka “The Iron Lady”) is difficult. A third generation Pilates Teacher, Olga studied the Pilates Elder Lolita San Miguel’s course: Lolita’s Legacy.

The other part of her story is that Olga finds herself a war refugee in Birmingham, UK. But Olga refuses to allow that to define her: immensely competent, caring and interested in getting you the results you’re looking for, Olga is one of a kind.

Olga is also a PRO TRX trainer – AND she teaches TRX just like she teaches Pilates: with a great understanding and emphasis on form and alignment using the Principles of Pilates.

Olga can teach in English 🇬🇧, Ukrainian 🇺🇦 and Russian 🇷🇺.

Olga Teaching Moment

Training and Certification

Lolita San Miguel

Pilates Elder: Lolita San Miguel

Phil Birch


Phil is the person to see if you have a proper injury. 

Phil is a soft tissue injury specialist, with over 35 years experience in the fields of dance and performing arts. He has toured with various dance companies around the globe.

He has treated some of the dance world’s most famous icons including Rudolph Nureyev, Sylvie Guillem and Darcy Bussell. His West End credits are too numerous to mention but it’s unlikely you’ll find a style of dance with which Phil doesn’t have an affinity and an answer to an injury.

But it’s not just dance. Phil has worked with actors and singers for vocal balancing, professional footballers, martial artists, athletes and counts many famous names amongst his client list.

Still passionate about the performing arts industries,  he is totally focussed on making each one a work of art and perfection. 

Outside of the clinic, Phil is a keen golfer and keeps himself fit through mountain biking and the gym. He enjoys his family time and gets involved with charity work and fundraising.

Watch the Testimonial Videos

"... something I have learned is to make Pilates part of my daily routine..."

-- Lynn

... knows exactly what he's talking about & straight to the point!"

-- Max

"My chronic back problem has gone, thanks to Miguel"

-- Farrah

"One hundred percent five stars - I can't fault it at all"

-- Darren

"... it's a safe environment"

-- Farrah

"Doing something doesn't guarantee success, but doing nothing guarantees failure"

-- Lyndon

Read our reviews...

5.0 49 reviews

  • Avatar Evgeniya Kit ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    This Pilates studio in Zellig is just amazing. Brilliant trainers who can offer a bespoke approach. A special shoutout to Olga. She is a gem. She clearly demonstrated … read more how to perform the moves and corrected me if I did wrong. I leave sessions feeling empowered. My body and soul benefit so much from these sessions. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Imogen Morris ★★★★★ a month ago
    As a Pilates beginner I went into my one to one Pilates sessions quite hesitant, however Miguel and Olga made myself feel at ease, and confident enough to challenge … read more myself, without overdoing it. After only a few sessions, I noticed how much more aware I was of my posture, my balance, my alignment, and felt my physical strength gain week after week.
    Both Miguel and Olga take a very supportive and thorough approach, with my progress being their top priority. I would highly recommend Birmingham Pilates Studio!
  • Avatar richard cole ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Yesterday was my second visit to see Miguel at the Birmingham Pilate Studio. I believe in first impressions, and my second visit only verified my first.
    The studio
    … read more is a safe, calm and relaxing environment allowing its users to feel comfortable in their surrounds. The studio is fitted with equipment throughout, allowing users to add a number of variations to their Pilates routine, whether this be to add an extra level of complexity, or, to make the movement easier.
    Miguel equally radiates an aura of calmness. His dedication to the true original ethos of Pilates, is without question, and he prides himself on his unwavering commitment.
    During my sessions, Miguel has been able to breakdown my areas of weakness (a rather un-supple back), and tailored my sessions around this, whilst ensuring I stayed true to the whole routine.
    I also had a brief opportunity to meet Olga, the newest member of the team. Although brief, I can see they she also has a passion to rival that of Miguel, and I believe they will make a great partnership of the studio.
    I look forward to my return visits, and urge everyone to check out this amazing place.

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