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Miguel Bengoa

Teaching the Pilates System

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HI, I'm Miguel your Pilates Studio owner

Hi, I’m Miguel. I’m the teacher & owner of Birmingham Pilates. After all these years, I’m convinced that Classical Pilates is THE BEST WAY to future-proof our bodies: it’s non-impact, but hard exercise that you can do in just 20 minutes!

So, how did my Pilates journey begin?Β  There isn’t just one thing that gave me that epiphany moment, but several…

I was working as an English teacher in a Turkish University. That’s important because having been a language teacher (20 years) impacts on how I teach Pilates – I’m more a teacher than an instructor.

I realised that my colleagues were miserably waiting for retirement. Life’s too precious and too short for that… I decided to make some changes!

I stopped smoking and started running! I joined a gym. I wasn’t getting injured, but the stiffness from the increasing milage was making itself known. It took time, but eventually I did a few Marathons and Ultras.

At the gym, someone showed me few “Pilates” exercises. Wow! I discovered strengthening and stretching at the same time AND I’m starting to recover faster from the running!

Pilates helped to recover from painful toe surgery and a serious cycling accident. It’s fully a part of my everydauy routine and I’be never felt fitter nor stronger!

I can teach in English πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§, Spanish πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ and Turkish πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡·.

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Training and Certification

Balanced Body
Pilates Method Alliance

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

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

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

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

"... it's a safe environment"

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

Olga SavkinaΒ  πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦

One on One Sessions for your well-being

Separating the two stories of Olga SavkinaΒ Β πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ (aka “The Iron Lady”) is difficult. Olga is a non Classical Pilates teacher that will use Pilates based exercises and props to help you feel better and get stronger as fast as possible.

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 and incorporates TRX and other non Pilates props like foam rollers into her Pilates sessions.

Olga can teach in English πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§, Ukrainian πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ and Russian πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί.

Olga Teaching Moment

Training and Certification

First Lesson with Olga

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5.0 51 reviews

  • Avatar Evgeniya Kit β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 5 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 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 5 months 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 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 5 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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