Our Instructors


Our St Albans Pilates Instructors

Our St Albans Pilates Instructors have a wealth of experience and knowledge teaching Pilates, Barre Pilates in our St Albans venues. We pride ourselves on offering a high quality service with Hertfordshire’s premium Pilates instructors, in St Albans . We have a wealth of pilates experience and breadth of fitness knowledge. We have trained and qualified with STOTT Pilates, Body Control Pilates and Pilates Institute (Michael King). Our backgrounds include  physiotherapy, PE teacher, personal trainers and dancers/teachers. We all have a love of exercise and a passion for pilates so you are in good hands!

Herts Pilates was founded in 2005 in St Albans and is run by Claire Sparkes and her team of dedicated Pilates instructors. We currently run a number of Pilates, Barre and Zumba classes in St Albans, Hertfordshire catering for all different levels. Our aim is to make fitness fun and enjoyable! All of Claire’s instructors are  extensively qualified and more than happy to help you to achieve your personal goals.


instructor_claireHi! I’m Claire, I first discovered Pilates 20 years ago whilst studying for my BA Hons degree in English and dance. Since then I’ve trained and qualified as a level 3 pilates instructor with STOTT Pilates as well as matwork with Pilates Institute.. I specialise in , pilates for children (qualified Fitness for Children), hypermobility , post rehab injuries ( referred from eg physiotherapist/osteopath) and pre and post natal Pilates. I love all forms of movement and dance . I am also a qualified Total Barre  and  Zumba instructor which are fun classes to teach with the cheesy tunes, groovy moves and you get a good sweat on!

Nutrition is a big interest of mine and I am a level 3 advisor in nutrition and weight management and really enjoy running our online pilates and nutrition courses. Over the years, I have taught at local gyms a number of classes from aerobics, Boxercise, aqua, Pilates including Cannons, Esporta, Westminster Lodge, Dacorum Sports Centre and Harpenden Sports Centre. I decided to set up Herts Pilates in 2005 since my true passion is Pilates (due to my dance background and keen participation in sport), and I wanted to be able to minimise class sizes to maximise benefit for students. I teach a range of Pilates classes and one-to-one Pilates sessions throughout the week, from beginners and advanced, postnatal Pilates and Pilates for children. I love my job as its great to help make a difference to people’s everyday lives whether it be through improved posture, more energy, less/zero back pain, stronger core, fitter, toned bodies or better movement. Pilates can benefit everyone and can also be practised by anyone too!


Hi! I’m Amanda, I qualified in 2005. I then went on to gain Level 3 and  gained  a Studio Certificate with the Pilates Place in all equipment work [ chair, Cadillac, barrel, reformer]in 2012. I have also trained to teach ante/post natal. As well as Pilates I am a dance/ drama teacher, director and choreographer working in theatre and education. I teach improvers, intermediate and advanced classes for Herts Pilates.


Hi! I’m Gabriel, 13 years ago Pilates gave me my life back by enhancing my recovery from partial paralysis. Since then I have gone on to qualify in: Sports Therapy, Personal Training ,  Matwork Pilates and Barre Concept. I specialise in rehabilitation and flexibility. I teach Bootcamp Pilates, beginners and Barre Concept for Herts Pilates.


Hi! I’m Carla, I trained to be a pilates instructor 10 years ago, with The Pilates Institute, and with Modern Pilates. I have also trained in remedial pilates training and pre/post natal pilates. I teach beginners  and pregnancy classes for Herts Pilates. (Currently on maternity leave.)


Hi! I’m Ruth, I have always been interested in the body and how it moves, having studied both Sport and Exercise Science and Bsc Hons Physiotherapy. I qualified as an instructor with the Body Control Association of Pilates. I am a keen runner and have found Pilates has helped me regain more flexibility, prevented injuries and enhanced my running performance. I am a cover Pilates teacher for Herts Pilates.

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“I started pilates after the birth of my first child 3 years ago. I signed up for a 6 week course to re-discover my stomach muscles and it worked! …”

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