Bev Francis

My involvement in Pilates' exercise came about as a result of working at a major health as a fitness instructor and studio manager.  I knew very little about Pilates and decided to attend a teacher training course in basic mat work Pilates to find out more.  The feedback from my exam success was that I had "encapsulated the very essence of Pilates".  Whilst I was pleased to hear this, I had no idea what this actually meant and to be honest I wasn't sure that I wanted to teach Pilates as I struggled to fully understand it.  At that stage, I had no idea that a future cycling accident would lead to a love and a passion for this amazing exercise technique and philosophy. 

Having been an elite racing cyclist in my youth, I returned to the sport in later years and was involved in a cycling accident.  My smashed wrist required 2 operations and 8-10 weeks in an external fixation.  The prognosis was bleak as it was felt that it would be highly unlikely that I would regain full use of my wrist, and I was advised to consider a change of career.  Reluctantly, I decided to leave my job but was determined not to leave the fitness industry completely.   Looking back, this was to be a turning point in my life. 

I decided to specialise in Pilates and as I studied I came to appreciate the rehabilitative nature of the exercises personally and I also started to understand the philosophy behind the technique.   The precision of the technique suited my style of teaching and I enjoyed putting together movement patterns to create interesting classes.  From my own experience of injury, I learnt how the body compensates to accommodate movement when injury is present and set about applying all that I learnt to my own personal circumstances.  Gradually, my wrist improved and eventually I regained full use once more.  I learnt how to tap into the potential and power of the mind in order to heal my body.  My life has been enriched and is the better because of Pilates and I have discovered potential in me that I had no idea I possessed.  Now, fully recovered, I enjoy helping others fulfil their potential and achieve their goals by helping them to understand the technique and its philosophy.


Pilates Qualifications

All Pilates' training was undertaken at The Pilates Institute in London under the supervision of Michael King.  The Pilates Institute has since been re-branded as Pilates Precision (Multitrax).

  • The Pilates Institute Full Pilates Diploma (mat work and apparatus)
  • CYQ Level 3 Pilates Mat Work
  • CYQ Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pilates Reformer Level 2
  • Pilates Spine Corrector
  • Pilates Cadillac
  • Pilates Wunda Chair (Stability Chair)

Supplementary Pilates Qualifications

  • Pilates and Pregnancy
  • Pilates for Seniors
  • Pilates for a Healthy Back
  • Pilates Clinical Posture
  • Supplementary Lectures: Neck & Shoulder Girdle
  • Supplementary Lectures: Knee & Foot
  • Supplementary Lectures: Hip & Sacroiliac

Further Qualifications

  • OCR Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Exercise to Music
  • OCR Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Gym
  • OCR Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Circuits
  • Stability Ball Training
  • Spinning Instructor
  • Aqua Instructor
  • OCR Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching (Stage 1)
  • NCFE Certificate in Life Coaching (Newcastle College)
  • First Aid at Work (St John's Ambulance)

Former Body Training Systems Instructor: BodyPUMP, BodySTEP, BodyBALANCE