500 hours of teacher training with Balanced Body® (US)
Pilates Method Alliance (US) certification
Pilates Teachers Association (UK) member
First things first, introductions: I’m Miguel Bengoa and the owner of the studio. And I’ll be your teacher. So why am I the most unlikely Pilates teacher you’re ever likely to meet?
Because I’m naturally clumsy, uncoordinated and stiff. I wasn’t a dancer, a physiotherapist nor a Personal Trainer. I was a window cleaner, farm labourer, then a groom in stables and got to be a riding instructor through dint of sheer bloody mindedness! A mature student, I went to Uni to Studio Hispanic Studies & Portuguese at Sheffield University. I spent the next twenty years as an English Teacher in Spain, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Turkey – can you see that there’s a thread of teaching emerging?
Perfection isn’t a Principle of Pilates – Pilates is a journey…
One day, whilst I was a teacher at Izmir University of economics I just saw myself growing old and fat, waiting for my pension. The job was becoming something I didn’t like. I resolved to change my life. I started running and cycling and going to the gym. There a friend showed me some Pilates exercises. I was hooked!
From there, to here in Birmingham (yeah – ask me 🙂 ) . Now, super interested in Pilates geekery – both Classical and Contemporary, I’m never bored! I write for Pilates Intel magazine and take lessons from some of the world’s best Pilates Superstars! There’s a library of Pilates and Pilates related books for you to borrow from! Why not book a first lesson to find out what the fuss is all about! Read more →
If you are a Comprehensively Trained teacher (Balanced Body, Polestar, STOTT, BASI etc) or even if you just know the Matwork and are dead keen to broaden and deepen your knowledge, we’d love to hear from you!
Experience and qualifications is secondary to a willingness to learn new things and, above all, develop your own personal practice – something that we feel is consistently left out of the equation!
Watch the video to see the Zellig.
Our light and airy studio which commands impressive views over the city of Birmingham can be found in the Zellig Building, next to the iconic Custard Factory (Digbeth, B9 4AT).
Directions and map: click here.
Miguel is Comprehensively Trained by Balanced Body®. This apprenticeship training comprises of some 500 hours (that’s more than 62 full time days), is, in both breadth and depth, head and shoulders above the what is required by most training providers in the UK.
Currently Miguel is being mentored by Julie Driver, Lesley Logan and Nikki Chrysostomou in order to enter Balanced Body University as a “faculty member” and Master Trainer.