Author Archives: Dawn Arkell

Personal Training Sessions

Hi Folks

Good to be back on the mats with my classes again!

Online classes are invaluable but for me the magic lies in being in the same physical space….seeing those facial expressions, hearing the heavy breathing and sharing laughs! We’re into our fourth week of Pilates PLUS classes and I’m already seeing improvements….people going lower in their lunges, deeper in their squats, progressing their planks and choosing heavier weights. Good stuff. Weeks 5 and 6 will challenge you even further!

Leominster Community Centre is providing us with a safe well ventilated space to exercise . We all have our own equipment, and plenty of space to spread out. I think it’s fair to say there’s less risk coming to a class than going shopping or eating out.

Just as important, we are getting to reap the many benefits of group exercise…support, motivation, encouragement and socialising. After months of strong messages keeping us separate, classes are helping us reconnect through movement which has huge benefits for our mental health. Any benefits to our mental health inevitably boosts our immune systems and we all need that right now as we head into winter .

The two classes I’m running are both full, but more classes may start up in the new year so do register your interest if you are thinking of returning to Pilates with me or joining for the first time. I’d love to see you on the mat.

Meanwhile I’ve had requests for private sessions, and so every Thursday morning in October I shall be available for personal training sessions. These will be based at Leominster Community Centre .

Time slots are : 9.30- 10.30, 11-12am, 12.30 – 1.30pm . October 8th is booked up but subsequent weeks have availability so get in touch if I can help you with your health and fitness goals, whether that’s getting more toned, losing lockdown weight, improving your bone density or just moving more freely with less aches and pains!

The studying I did during the summer in women’s health has given me so many tools and science based knowledge, to help improve the wellbeing of women going through midlife, from sleep improvement, fitness, nutrition, mindset, and hormone balancing. Again if this is something you might find helpful, book yourself a slot and come join me one Thursday or give me a ring for more details on 01568 615239.

Wishing you a colourful Autumn.


Pilates Teacher/ Exercise Referral Coach/ Women’s Wellbeing Guide

Class bookings

Hi Folks

Everyone who has registered interest for joining next weeks classes, should now have received an email from me with booking options and conditions. If you haven’t, please get in touch. There seems to be a problem receiving some messages…I think it’s when you reply from a website posting. So if you send a separate email I can help you get booked in asap.

See you back on the mats!



Hi Folks

With classes due to restart in a couple of weeks, I’ve been planning our new programme, including some changes to give you an even fuller body conditioning workout!

We’ll be adding some low impact, cardio vascular work into our warm up, to raise heart rate and increase blood flow. Plus, standing strength work using hand weights, to increase muscle mass and bone density in the upper body. (We have peak bone density in our 20s , so it’s use it or lose it!) I’ll be supplying the 1kg hand weights, which you get to keep and bring with you each week, so you can practice at home if the mood takes you.

Of course those familiar core pilates moves will be included and the session rounded off with cool down stretches and mindful breathing, to help relax our over taxed nervous systems!

Over the 6 week block we’ll be steadily progressing the intensity, so by week 6 you get to measure your progress and feel the difference.

The Leominster Community Centre is putting all the necessary measures in place to make it Covid safe and I’ve completed my risk assessment to do the same. I would usually teach up to 16 in the hall, but to allow us plenty of space, numbers will be limited to just 10. Firedoors will be opened to give plenty of ventilation and will probably be used as the exit if that provides a safer route out.

I’m looking forward to getting back on the mats with you..and yes, feeling a little anxious too if I’m honest after such a long gap in strange circumstances. So if the time feels right for you, let’s POWER UP together and get ourselves in the best shape ready for winter!


Ready when you are…


Hi Folks

So which pear are you?! Lol I think I’m somewhere between the two!

So, it’s been 5 months since we last got together on our mats… Like many of you  I’ve been staying active doing some home pilates practice,  along with extra cycling and walking (I shall always remember cycling down the ,usually, busy A49 with hardly a vehicle on the road…surreal!). 

Gardening has also kept many of us active (and sane) and for me has provided an alternative source of income. I have 5 regular clients who  have allowed me to get creative in their outdoor spaces , designing borders , resurrecting my old topiary skills, and planting up new beds. I plan to continue with my gardening work until the end of this season.

BUT,  there is nothing quite like exercising as a group is there!  And SO I’m happy to announce the return of  2 classes starting in September.

Both classes will be at Leominster Community Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-11am, starting on Sept 8th and 11th respectively.

As  mentioned in a previous email,  some changes have been introduced to adapt to the current environment and to keep us safe, which include:-

#Reduced class sizes with min of 2m between mats.

# Everyone to have their own mat and equipment (I still have some stock for sale if you need any.)

#A track and trace system will be in place at the Community Centre.

# I shall be teaching from my mat, no wandering around and no touching! (that’s going to be tricky, you know how I like to get hands on and give you a tweak now and then!)

# an advanced booking system will avoid gathering to sign in at the start of class. Classes are booked in 6 week blocks.

If you’d like to book yourself a space and join me , please get in touch and I’ll send you more details along with payment options to secure your place.

If you’re not quite ready to join a group yet, or unable to make these times, maybe a one to one session would suit you better? If I can help you get back on track, just ask.

Best Wishes


Getting prepared..

IMG_20200715_122534Hi Folks

All being well, I’ll be offering at least 2 pilates classes to start from September, probably in Leominster.

You’ll need your own mats and small equipment to minimize health risks and in accordance with Government guidelines.

If you want to get prepared and maybe get some practice in, you can purchase this trio of resistance band, medium strength loop and small ball from me for £10 (plus £2.50 if posting).

I’ve got 10 sets so get in touch if you want to bag yours.  Payment by bacs /cheque/cash.

Look forward to moving together again soon.



ALL Classes cancelled

All classes and one to one sessions are postponed due to the pandemic. Join me on facebook for routines to practise at home. Press the follow button to be the first to know of any changes in future weeks.

Keep calm and carry on!


Gaynor’s feedback

“I recently started Pilates with Dawn after my accident. She recommended a one to one to start with, as I had never been to Pilates before, which was very helpful before starting classes.”

“Dawn is very informative,and makes classes easy to understand. I feel my body is starting to become more supple and in less pain..I certainly notice a difference if I miss a class! I can’t thank Dawn enough as I find Pilates so beneficial.”



On the ball!

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This week we’ve been using the small pilates balls in classes to add

  • balance & coordination challenge
  • improve spine mobility and segmental control
  • to encourage lateral breathing.
  • To aid focus and precision

Some of the moves can be downloaded here:

small ball routine