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About Anna Cotgreave RSA/OCR, FIA, MSc

Anna’s passion for Pilates started many years ago whilst she was at dance school. Pilates was an integral part of her strength and core conditioning and prevented injuries. Now, after training for triathlons for 5 years and doing other sports, it has helped with her alignment and performance.

Anna’s love of teaching stems from the satisfaction she gets from helping people so that they are pain free and feel better about themselves and their bodies. She enjoys seeing participants move better, stand taller and with ease after just a few sessions. Pilates is for everyone of all ages and people of all backgrounds.

Your Pilates Instructor, Anna Cotgreave (BA, MSc, RSA/OCR, FIA) is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) and trained with the internationally recognised Polestar Pilates school.

Anna has a dance and fitness background spanning twenty years and is an Advanced Instructor with fifteen years dance based Pilates training and has been teaching fitness classes and Pilates inspired exercise for many years.

Pilates and Fitness related Qualifications, Practical and Theory

  • First Aid - Full Qualification
  • REPS Level 3 Accredited (Register of Exercise Professionals)
  • 1984-1995 AJ Acadamies Dance (Ballet RAD/Pilates/Point Work/Jazz/Tap/Modern ISTD/Acro)
  • 1995-1997 County Dance (Ballet RAD/Contemporary)
  • 1997-1999 A level Dance, Biology (Oxford FE) including Anatomy exam
  • 1999-2001 BA Dance Studies (3 yrs training) Surrey University
  • 2002 Oct – RSA/OCR Exercise to Music – REPS Level 2 Aerobics Instructors Certificate
  • 2002 Nov - RSA/OCR Step (course completed - exam not taken)
  • 2003 Oct Foundation Studies in Exercise Science NCFE
  • 2003 Sept – 2004 Oct Laban Dance Conservatoire - London-MSc. Dance Science (Nutrition, Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Somatics, Research Statistics, Pilates, Alexander Technique)
  • 2004 July FIA Fitness Instructor Award - Bladerunner Ltd. REPS 3 including Anatomy exam>
  • 2005 NHS TRUST Automated External Defibrillation
  • 2005 March Power Studio Cycling /Aerobiking Level 2
  • 2005 Feb Advanced Instructor / Personal Trainer including Anatomy exam
  • 2005 Sept - 2006 Jan RSA/OCR Pilates Matwork Level 3 including Anatomy exam
  • 2006 March-June Polestar Pilates UK Pilates Studio
  • FP, Fitness Principles
  • S1, Studio 1
  • S2, Studio 2
  • S3, Studio 3 (training completed and exam completed Dec 2006)
  • 2007 Pilates on the Ball
  • 2008 April - Seated Upper Body Massage (2 day course)
  • 2010 May - Osteoporosis and Pilates - Body Control - London
  • 2010 Nov - BOSU Explode Training - Physical Company
  • 2011 April - Myofascial Release Foam Rollering - Drummond Education
  • 2011 Oct Anatomy Exam Level 3
  • 2011 Oct-Dec Pilates Matwork Level 3 re-certification
  • 2012 June - Beamfit - Drummond Education
  • 2012 July-Aug Sports Massage - Drummond Clinic
  • 2014 Nov - Yoga Diploma (200 hrs) practical exam (passed)