Our Story

Teaser on the caddilac at Pepilates London, SW4

Pepilates was started in 2009 in Clapham with the second studio, Wimbledon opening in 2016. Emma Collins bought the business in 2017 and aims to keep the business true to the Classical Pilates method whilst looking to expand.

Pepilates was founded in 2009 by Lucinda Pepper and Charlie Machin, in the spare room in their house. Lucinda was a teacher trainer having qualified at The Pilates Center (TPC) in Boulder, USA, and Charlie, her partner, left a career in banking when the business started to expand. Pepilates grew by offering not only classes for clients but, when relocated to the Clapham studio, by also becoming a Licensed Studio for teaching The Pilates Centre course. Many of the teachers at Pepilates today were classically trained by Lucinda and have qualified via the world renowed TPC teacher training program. TPC’s program is very much a classical course in which the pupils are required to study the work within their own body to a fully advanced level in addition to learning how to teach the whole system.

Pepilates grew by offering not only classes for clients but, when relocated to the Clapham studio, by also becoming a Licensed Studio for teaching The Pilates Centre course. Many of the teachers at Pepilates today were classically trained by Lucinda and have qualified via the world renowed TPC teacher training program. TPC’s program is very much a classical course in which the pupils are required to study the work within their own body to a fully advanced level in addition to learning how to teach the whole system. 

In Spring 2017, having decided to move the family back to Charlie’s roots in Yorkshire, Lucinda and Charlie sold the business. Emma Collins, a dedicated Pilates follower for many years, took over the business with the aim to continue to grow Pepilates whilst maintaining the ethos of the business and the high quality of the instruction the studio has offered over the years. The Studio will still be able to offer teacher training, as a number of our instructors are now fully qualified themselves, and therefore the knowledge and experience of all our teachers will continue to grow.

The Concept

A private Pilates class at Pepilates London SW4

Pilates in the UK has no governing body or regulation. It is possible to train as an instructor online, over the course of a few weekends or a comprehensive full year course so the quality of instruction hugely varied. At Pepilates, the aim was to create a studio that the most committed and well-trained instructors could call home. It offers a friendly, welcoming environment where ongoing training of the teachers is incentivized, teachers are happy and feel free to express their understanding of the method, and our clients feel comfortable trusting us with the maintenance of their bodies.

Pilates with us is your insurance policy against aches and pains and general deterioration of your physical wellbeing.

The Studios

Pepilates was originally started in a bedroom of Lucinda and Charlie’s house but now we have a large studio in Clapham offering group equipment classes, mat classes and private classes. The Wimbledon Studio opened in 2016 and the range of classes on offer is continuing to grow. Assuming all goes well, who knows where we will appear next!

 
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