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Beginners Pilates

This class is taught by:

Dayra Penagos

With a natural passion for fitness and following her curiosity, Dayra tried pilates by first time in 2012. She decided to combine Pilates – which she considers it is a very rewarding career - with her demanding role as a mum.

Dayra is a Level 3 Pilates instructor with strong basis on the fundamentals of Pilates philosophy. She is also certified on Pilates with small equipment, Pilates with orthopaedic conditions and pre-post-natal

As she made the decision to change her marketing career to enter the Wellness Industry where she hopes that her passion and dedication can make a difference, her “feel good and feel challenged” classes are aimed to provide a whole body workout, helping you to find you own strength

Ben Andrews

Ben Andrews is a Level 3 personal trainer with a degree in sport and exercise Science plus qualifications in spin, exercise to music, circuit training and power plate. Having completed a Level 4 qualification in lower-back pain management, his ambition is to set up his own personal training business and specialise in helping lower-back-pain sufferers. Ben is a keen footballer who also enjoys weightlifting and all kinds of cardiovascular exercise. He strongly believes that improving flexibility and core strength improves everyone’s ability to either play sport or carry out day-to-day tasks.

Victoria Hilton

Victoria's style of teaching is traditional and challenging. She will encourage you to really consider your technique and form throughout the class. She has 5+ years of teaching experience and is also a PT, Victoria specializes ante and post natal exercise so if you are currently pregnant she will ensure your safety.
On a personal level she practices what she preaches and takes regular classical equipment classes to keep her engaged and informed as a teacher. Victoria is also passionate about nutrition and is always happy to chat on this subject.

Charlotte Debattista

Charlotte Debattista Bio
A singer and dancer since the age of nine when her passion for music was ignited. She originally trained in Malta, where she is from, before moving to London to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. She completed her training at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, and has since performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and various theatres including the West End.
Charlotte’s dance background introduced her to the wonderful world of Pilates; having a passion for health and fitness, she trained with STOTT in both Mat and Reformer Pilates. She has a keen interest in Dynamic Pilates and helps clients work towards an equlibirum between stability, mobility and strength.
She loves teaching and providing individual attention to each client so they can get the most from their workout. Charlotte’s workout aims to articulate the spine, challenge the core and improve the client’s overall fitness. Pilates is intelligent exercise with profound results.

Faran Cooper

Faran is coming from a background in modern dance - having studied at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City - Faran has been inspired to stay fit by the best movers and shakers in the business.
Faran is trained through STOTT Pilates for her mat work certification, and fully qualified on the reformer through TENeducation. Through both training backgrounds, she delivers private lessons and classes that cater to your needs- whether it be rehabilitative, traditional or dynamic styles of Pilates.

Shaun Brooking

Shaun's University Qualification in Sports Science, experience as a Strength and Conditioning coach and great smile, make him the perfect fit to the Absolute team.

His classes are challenging and technically brilliant making sure you will be pushed to your best every time, yet staying safe and in control.

Maria Cruz

"My fitness career started as a hobby teaching spinning in Venezuela, my home country, while I was at university studying Law, giving to me the possibility to stay fit, healthy and releasing all the stress from many hours of studying. While I worked as a lawyer I kept teaching spinning being more than aware of the pressures of working in a busy firm with little time for health and personal life.

I moved to London where I continued my studies in Immigration Law as well as becoming a Personal Trainer and STOTT Reformer Pilates Instructor (my passion) so I left my job to become a full time trainer. I am a Lawyer from heart & Trainer from soul.

I am very interested in health, beauty and education, always adding new qualifications, doing courses and workshops, also I love to do classes in different studios so I can steal in a good way exercises and ideas to incorporate in my sessions"

Nicholas Walker

Nick is a well rounded, down-to-earth Kiwi. He has been involved in the fitness industry for 10 years and brings with him a wealth of qualifications in exercise prescription, soft tissue therapy and personal training.
He has a breadth and wealth of experienced gained in some of New Zealand and Australia’s best regarded health clubs, personal training studios, massage clinics, and with a number of sporting teams. New to London, Nick is intent on bringing his considerable health and fitness skills to the big city.
He possesses excellent soft tissue skills and has a particular interest in functional training. His passion is helping people return from injury, and is an ideal trainer for any client with issues relating to pain, postural and movement education. That being said, he is equally happy using his skills and knowledge to push clients on to new levels of strength and fitness.
Aside from his continued drive to continue improving his skills and knowledge to help clients maximise the benefit of their sessions, Nick’s great love’s are typically antipodean: travelling and rugby. So when he’s not busy helping people change their bodies for the better, you will most likely find him travelling through Europe or watching his beloved All Blacks get the better of everyone else!


Our Beginners classes place a heavy focus and importance on the basics of breathing, posture and the essential movements as well as introducing you to the reformer machine. These classes are designed to help you feel comfortable with the reformer and the studio environment. It is very wise to take the time to learn these basics well, giving you a foundation of knowledge, before moving up. Even if you have done pilates before we highly recommend you attend a Beginners class for your first experience of Absolute.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat 24 Jun 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Sun 25 Jun 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Dayra Penagos
  • Sun 25 Jun 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Mon 26 Jun 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Ben Andrews
  • Tue 27 Jun 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Ben Andrews
  • Tue 27 Jun 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Victoria Hilton
  • Wed 28 Jun 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Sue Murphy
  • Thu 29 Jun 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Charlotte Debattista
  • Thu 29 Jun 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Faran Cooper
  • Fri 30 Jun 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Shaun Brooking
  • Sat 01 Jul 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Sun 02 Jul 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Dayra Penagos
  • Sun 02 Jul 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Sue Murphy
  • Mon 03 Jul 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Ben Andrews
  • Tue 04 Jul 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Maria Cruz
  • Tue 04 Jul 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Nicholas Walker
  • Wed 05 Jul 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Nicholas Walker
  • Thu 06 Jul 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Charlotte Debattista
  • Thu 06 Jul 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Faran Cooper
  • Fri 07 Jul 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with Shaun Brooking