It’s said that the early bird catches the worm. Well, here at Just Believe Fit, the early bird gets to experience Elliott’s colourful, engaging and fun Barre class! (Wednesday mornings 6.15am Early Morning Barre Body Tone)
Find out more about Elliott by reading this, the latest in our instructor spotlights, and discover what he thinks the band The Cure has to say about Pilates.
When did you first fall in love with Barre?
I started out doing Yoga and reformer Pilates in July 2017. I enjoyed those, but first came to do Barre in October 2017, and absolutely loved that.
Favourite type of class and why?
Barre, because of the energy, technique, and grace; or
Hot Pilates, again the energy, and the enjoyable cardio; or
Bikram Yoga, because of the challenge, and the benefits this gives to long term energy levels; or, (finally)
Ballet, due to the grace of movement, the attention to detail, the improvements this offers to your posture, the grand beauty of it all!
How did you end up teaching?
I decided in 2018 that I wanted a short reprieve from university studies, and to focus on building skill and technique using a different part of the brain. I wanted to become a Barre instructor, and realised the most proficient route to this end would be to become a Pilates instructor, and to then practice ballet at the same time. So when the opportunity to become a Barre instructor came about, I gave it my all!
Funniest teaching moment?
Haha. Having a room full of people doing pelvic lift bridges in time to ‘A Forest’ by The Cure. I sorted of blurted out: “Yes this is exactly what Robert Smith envisioned when they wrote this song: People humping into the air!”
Favourite post-class meal?
Eating is a bit of challenge when I feel severely dehydrated. So I would drink some Kombucha. Once I’m ready to eat: PASTA!
Milk is a surprisingly delicious and simple snack.
What is the biggest thing you have learned that has changed your life?
That close friends and family can be literally everything you need in life to be happy. Don’t worry about marriage or romance. They need not happen to satisfy you. Friends and family are enough.
What is your personal mantra?
Listen to your friends — they know you better than your gut feeling sometimes.
What is something about you people wouldn’t know?
Ah… I’m actually really into academic research and have had a few articles published haha!