“Having been a physio for many years with a special interest in sport and lifestyle I decided to further my Pilates experience by completing Level 3 Pilates with Donna. I was very impressed with the professional and fun way the whole course was run and the huge amount of support that was given. Donna made the course interesting and it was clear that she had a real understanding for functional anatomy and therefore I have found using the Pilates within a clinical setting a huge bonus but also feel confident to call myself a Pilates instructor and teach more advanced classes now. Donna is a very positive person to be around and I really felt that I gained from her extensive experience in not only teaching and the fitness world but she also she has been a great font of knowledge with marketing as well.
I would 100% recommend training with Donna if you want a thorough, fun and educational start to you Pilates career but which is also very functional and relevant to physiotherapy.”
Jess Hawken Physiotherapist
“9.00am Monday morning 1994…. Sat on the M25, eating a cereal bar, laptop on passenger seat, demanding boss on loudspeaker! On way to stressful appointment in Northwest London to sell as much advertising space as my conscience will allow. Next mission…find a parking space in Southall where I won’t come back and find my car has only 2 tyres out of the earlier 4!! So, I decided to jack in the job and the 50K salary (yes really) and become a Personal Trainer! £4000.00 later and with more qualifications than I can to mention, I return to my previous dysfunctional life. Why you may ask yourself? Basically after I qualified I had zero support and no mentor to watch over me so it was easier to go back to what I knew (sales)!
Where am I going with this!! Fast forward 10 years and where am I? Leisurely breakfast, whilst browsing over the mornings Pilates lesson plan…hmmm dilemma, shall I use classical or contempary music for the cool down? Goodness me how life has changed and it is all down to me becoming a Level 3 Pilates Instructor with Donna Noll at the studio 98 Staplegrove Road!
Rewind back to 1994, yes life was stressful but I always made time to practice Pilates as it was my haven in a somewhat other dysfunctional life. I relished the hour when I would breath properly and get to spend an hour away from the (now) ex husband, laptop, mobile phone and demanding boss. So when I moved back to Somerset I jumped at the chance of becoming a member at the studio and continuing with my Pilates classes. My memories of Donna dated way back and they were all fond memories of when I lived in Taunton and attended the best classes in the county
When I Donna suggested I become a level 3 Pilates instructor I honestly thought “really”? Just because I had enormous passion for Pilates did that really mean I could teach it?!
Rewind on to March 2014. Qualified for 3 years as a level 3 Pilates instructor, tutor and assessor and truly loving every single minute. I now teach 9 classes per week as well as one to one sessions and I am proud to be a tutor and assessor delivering the Level 3 Pilates courses for Infitness Training.
I cannot speak highly enough of Donna Noll and her passion, enthusiasium and desire to want to inspire others. She has mentored me continually throughout and still continues to provide unrivalled support.
If you have the same passion I had in 1994 and still have to day (minus the unwanted extras!) I would thoroughly recommend you sign up for the course. Like me, it may be one of the best decisions you ever make!”
“As you enter The Studio run by Donna Noll you are instantly put at ease with a warm welcome, simple yet stylish interior, light airy rooms and the little simple touches within that make you feel relaxed. Doing a course is always daunting, meeting new people and the prospect of spending a few days huddled around studying. There are images that you conjure up in your mind which make you nervous when entering into something new, and the pressure you feel under to do well. But when you enter The Studio this is all forgotten, you still want to do well and get that qualification, but you feel more like you are with friends who you can rely on for support and understanding.
I took a studio cycling course recently at The Studio and it was a very professional and structured course, but the little touches that I received whilst there made it very enjoyable. The instructor was warm and friendly, whilst delivering all the correct information and teaching us to a very high standard. I did not feel at all nervous when it came to doing my practical assessment as I was totally at ease with my surroundings, the instructor and the other students. The environment in which we studied was very comfortable and laid back which enables you to absorb the information a lot easier as you are relaxed.
If you are looking to take a course that enables you to further your career then I would highly recommend The Studio as you will get outstanding service, with instructors who have a very high standard of knowledge, put you at ease, are encouraging and motivational.”
“I’ve known Donna for many years and have worked very closely with her recently delivering training courses for Pilates and Pure Stretch instructors. I am always impressed with her knowledge and professionalism. Donna is a highly qualified and experienced instructor who I always trust when I refer my patients for Pilates as part of their rehabilitation from the Hurley Clinic. I would not hesitate to recommend the Level 3 Pilates Training at the Studio to other Health Care Professionals.”
Huw Hurley BSc(Hon) Osteopathy Principal of the Hurley Clinic, Taunton.
Some of the comments from the Level 3 Pilates course in Henley-On-Thames
The whole six-day course was very informative. This course has provided me with a lot of information, which has given me the confidence to go out and use with clients. Donna has also inspired me to want t learn more and more.
Donnas’ discussion on muscles was a really beneficial extra!”
“It was one of the best courses I have ever completed. I am so pleased I applied.
If I failed I would still tell everyone to attend this course, as it really is the best!
Having never attended a Pilates class before, I am completely clear on the Pilates principles and more importantly on the functions of Pilates from Joseph Pilates classical exercises to more Functionally based exercises.
Everything was delivered and explained perfectly with all questions answered and related appropriately to the different levels and abilities.”
I completed the Active IQ Level 3 Pilates Teacher Training with Donna in February 2013. Throughout the course Donna was an inspiring and dedicated tutor, always on the end of the phone if we had any queries. I didn’t have any previous instructor experience at all and she gave me the confidence to take a whole class and consequently to pass my assessment first time round. Donna is friendly, approachable and a joy to learn from. I have since also taken a refresher techniques class with her at The Studio and it has once again motivated me to put my skills into practice. I would recommend a course run by Donna to anyone with a passion for Pilates!
I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s session although I am a LITTLE stiff this morning. Your teaching style is brilliant and just what I remember – clear and encouraging. Best Wishes
“Just wanted to thank you for the excellent workshop you did for us all on Sunday. Clearly you had given a good deal of time, planning and thought to the whole structure and content of the day which gave us all a full, stimulating, varied and informative day.
I would very much like to attend your Raw Pilates Workshop on Sunday, 14 October and would be grateful if you would reserve me a place.
Look forward to seeing you present at the next Fit Pro Convention!”
Thanks for a great workshop today, it’s a real treat to have someone else to tell you what to do. I’ve come away lots of ideas to incorporate into classes, especially warm ups suitable for pilates which are just a bit different.
Can you book me a place on your raw pilates taster class on 6th May.”
“A great day attending a Body Conditioning workshop with @Donna Noll. Lots of ideas to implement in fitness Pilates and Beamfit :-)”