The Friday Interview: Lynne Robinson, Founder of Body Control Pilates
Pilates is an increasingly popular way to keep your body balanced and toned, for anyone from models to rugby players. This week, we caught up with the founder and director of Body Control Pilates, Lynne Robinson to ask about her ‘school’ of pilates and some of her views on the quantified self movement.
HI LYNNE, COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT BODY CONTROL PILATES IS?
Based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1883-1967), Body Control Pilates is a ‘school’ of Pilates . It was founded in 1995 with a vision to make the benefits of Pilates as accessible as possible to the average person, irrespective of age, income and fitness level. This represented a fundamental change from the rarefied, more studio-based approach to Pilates that predominated at that time. We saw a need for a more structured and modern approach to teaching. Our method has Eight Principles which underpin its approach to exercise:
- Flowing Movements
Three of these principles Alignment, Breathing and Centering (Core stability) form the Fundamentals of the method. If you go to a Body Control class , you will learn how to control your alignment and breathing whilst moving from your centre. In short, we teach you how to connect your mind and body and move better through mat and/or machine based exercise.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL PILATES?
There are many different ‘schools’ of Pilates. What distinguishes Body Control from the rest is how we have broken down the original exercises that Joseph Pilates taught. We created new exercises to help people learn the work step by step, gradually building their movement skills alongside their strength and flexibility. This way you are taken progressively and safely towards Joseph Pilates’ original work.
It has always been our belief that it is the quality of teaching which defines good Pilates and we are proud that Body Control Pilates is now widely seen as a benchmark for safe and effective mat and machine teaching of the highest quality. Our teachers will only teach a maximum of 12 clients in a class, ensuring individual attention for everyone. Our teachers also work to a strict of Code of Practice so you are guaranteed a high standard of professionalism.
CAN ANYONE TRY IT OR DO I HAVE TO BE FAIRLY FIR ALREADY?
Body Control Pilates is for everyone, regardless of age or level of fitness. The exercises we created have modifications to enable the method to be learnt by total beginners or elite athletes. We’ve worked with Chelsea FC and West Bromwich Albion, England cricket squads, Olympic athletes and rowers. We also work with people with a variety of back problems. We have programmes for ante and postnatal women , children and older adults. The only we ask is that you check with your doctor before starting a class.
WHAT’S COMING NEXT FROM BODY CONTROL PILATES?
World domination! We want everyone, everywhere to access to good Pilates teaching!
WHAT DO YOU PERSONALLY TRACK ON A DAILY BASIS?
I have an old back injury (herniated disc) so I have to do some exercises every day, then I have a ’class’ with a teacher twice a week. I don’t think I actually ‘track’ my Pilates but I do keep note of which exercises I do. This is because I usually do the exercises I like and not the ones I should do!
If anyone wishes to check their alignment we have a section on our Body Control App with Lynne Robinson where you can monitor your alignment alongside the ideal alignment for key exercises.