welcome to acclaim pilates

Adults of all ages, levels of fitness and body type are welcomed and supported to improve their posture, strength and flexibility through group mat-based pilates classes and personal one to one training with Virginia McGowan-Brown in Hornchurch and Gidea Park, Essex.

Please do not hesitate to call to discuss your particular personal needs and aspirations.

New Classes for Autumn 2018

Beginners - Wednesdays 10am & 7pm
Pilates Barre - Mondays 8pm, and Wednesdays 9.15am

Find out more on our Group Classes page


group sessions

group sessions

  • Daytime and evening
  • 1 hour sessions booked as 6 week courses
  • Mats and equipment provided
  • A trial class? Please ask

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one-to-one

one-to-one

  • Arranged at times to suit you
  • A tailor made 1 hour workout to meet your individual needs and aspirations
  • Ideal if you...

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Pilates Barre

Pilates Barre

  • An energising blend of Ballet Barre and Pilates
  • Choreographed to up-beat music
  • Tones legs, bums & tums
  • Improves strength, flexibility & posture

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“I have recently started pilates classes with Virginia and I am already feeling the benefits. Virginia is a great teacher she explains things beautifully and has a lot of patience. She always encourages me and it is a pleasure working with her.”

Gerry Smit
biography

biography

As a child I enjoyed dancing lessons which led me to do a Degree in Dance and Education. I subsequently taught Contemporary Dance in Secondary Schools for 26 years culminating as Head of Dance at a Performing Arts status School in Essex.

I joined a pilates class 15 years ago following an injury to my neck that gave me constant low level pain. Pilates enabled me to overcome the pain and I regained the ability to exercise and dance again with confidence.

In 2008 I qualified as a pilates instructor and I left school teaching to establish my own pilates classes in January 2009. Now I am fully committed to passing on the benefits of pilates to others. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the difference my classes can make to the health and wellbeing of my clients. It is a very rewarding experience and I am committed to keeping up with the latest training so that I can stay fresh and inspired to meet the needs and aspirations of all those who train with me.

benefits of pilates

benefits of pilates

  • Pilates improves body alignment which relieves stress on the joints
  • It develops core strength that improves posture
  • It develops long muscle, strength without bulk, creating a lean silhouette
  • With regular classes you can expect to feel more co-ordinated and free in your movements
  • You should become more supple leaner and stronger
  • Most back pain should ease or disappear
  • Pilates can help combat wear and tear on the body brought on with age or through injury. A benefit increasingly recognised by GP’s osteopaths and Physiotherapists
  • Pilates focuses on eliminating un-necessary tension in the body and therefore aids relaxation and a sense of wellbeing
  • It is an exercise system that is adaptable for all body types and levels of fitness
  • Pilates is suitable for all ages
  • Through pilates you will improve your understanding of your body how to release tension and improve your co-ordination and body control