Vital Pilates Bristol


Elena Whitlock

Pilates: Matwork & Studio Equipment

Elena is an accredited Pilates Foundation UK Teacher. Having worked within the fitness industry since 1994, as group exercise instructor in Holland, London and Bristol, Elena began to focus on rehabilitation. In 2001 Elena began working in the Spinal Rehabilitation Gym at Clifton Chiropractic Clinic, Bristol, helping patients who suffered from all types of spine related problems. This work led to an interest in Pilates and in 2005 she completed a rigorous training course with the Pilates Foundation, qualifying as a Pilates Mat work Teacher, specialising in rehabilitation work.

In 2005 Elena established Vital Pilates within Clifton Chiropractic Clinic.

In 2009 Elena achieved a further qualification with the Pilates Foundation to teach equipment based Pilates.

In 2017 Elena opened her studio in Winford, Chew Valley.

In 2020 Elena opened her studio in Westbury Park


Westbury Park Studio

Claire Lewis

Pilates: Matwork

After working in Banking for 25 years, redundancy gave Claire the opportunity to change her passion for Fitness into a new career. In 2007, she took the plunge and did the L2 Gym instructor qualification. From there she completed several Group Fitness qualifications including Spinning, Boxercise, Body Combat and Freestyle Fitness Yoga but now only regularly teaches Body Pump, Aqua, Exercise to Music and Pilates.

Olivia Leek

Pilates: Matwork

Olivia is a STOTT Pilates Matwork instructor and has been practicing pilates for over 7 years. She started during her professional dance training; it was a way for her to stay physically in shape, mentally grounded and prevent injury. Her approach is primarily in keeping the core strong, connecting and energising the breath to every movement and opening up the whole body by strengthening, extending and stretching. A focus is kept on working everyone to their own ability, but challenging them to achieve small and large goals, be it from injury, to self-confidence.

Anthony Briggs

Pilates: Matwork & Studio Equipment

Anthony is a qualified Polestar Mat work Instructor with a background in personal training. He has completed his Pilates comprehensive qualification and teaches equipment in both our Westbury Park and Chew Valley studios. Anthony will ensure you have a full body workout, leaving you feeling invigorated with new strategies for movement and better health.

Rowan Owen


Rowan has been teaching yoga since 2017 and qualified in Vinyasa Flow and Pre & Post natal yoga. Rowan recently completed a 60 hour course with Dr Yogi enabling her to work with injured yoga students and have better knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathologies with regards to teaching yoga. She is also a Holistic Massage Therapist and hold a level 4 diploma from BCMB who are based in Bristol.

Rowans passion going forward is to train as a Health Creation Mentor (starting October 2021) to help people recover and prevent modern day disease, manage stress and learn tools to deal with general life curve balls that we all face in this western society. She hopes to cross paths, yoga mats or massage beds with you soon. 🙏🏼

Chew Valley Studio

Carrie Fick

Pilates: Matwork

Carrie has been practicing Pilates since moving from London to Bristol. Having previously worked in Marketing she understands how Pilates can re-balance and align the body and mind after a busy day. During her training to become certified with Polestar in matwork and props Carrie has formed the belief that Pilates is a system that can create lasting change for freedom of movement. She loves bringing a holistic and varied approach to teaching so that everyone can experience the benefits of Pilates for themselves.

Charlotte Baker

Pilates: Matwork & Reformer

Charlotte trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and spent four years devoted to her practice completing a BPA Honors Degree and Postgraduate Degree with distinction. Since then she has worked as a professional dancer performing for the likes of Colin Poole and Roberta Jean (MysterySkin) and toured nationally and internationally in venues such as the Royal Opera House (London), the Tsunagu Tayutau Arts festival (Japan), and 100W Corsicana (Texas, USA).

During her time as a dancer she was exposed to many colleagues experiencing injury. She soon took an interest in the benefits of movement for rehabilitation and began working at St Charles Hospital assisting physiotherapists and occupational therapists delivering one-on-one exercise programs. Charlotte believes that prevention is better than cure and felt her skills would be put to best use teaching and inspiring others to move for a strong and healthy body. Dynamic reformer Pilates combines all of Charlotte’s experience and everything she is most passionate about. Charlotte believes in making the most of every minute in the studio. Precision, form and plenty of sweat are hot on her list but her clients enjoying their workout is always more important!

Alice Smith

Pilates: Matwork & Studio Equipment

Alice is a choreographer, dancer and Pilates Equipment and Mat instructor who trained with Alan Herdman, a world leading Pilates training provider. She has a first class degree in Dance and Choreography from Falmouth University. Alice looks to bring fluidity to your movement through thoughtful cues in a fun environment.

Kirsty Rose

Pilates : Matwork and Studio Equipment

Kirsty is a certified Stott Pilates Matwork Instructor, Balanced Body Reformer & equipment Instructor, and Barre Fitness Instructor. She is also trained in Injuries & Special Populations, and Pre/Post Natal. She has recently certified in her 200hr RYT Vinyasa Yoga in Bali with Yoga Alliance.

Kirsty had taken Pilates classes as part of her professional dance training since 2004. After 10 years of dancing, she needed to rehabilitate her body after the pressures of dancing, and she decided to retrain to teach Pilates and bring its benefits to others.

She qualified as a Pilates instructor in 2015, and began teaching in Bristol in gyms and private studios, before being headhunted by Nuffield Health to work in their corporate gym studio, and offer classes in offices and businesses throughout the UK. She married and moved to Dubai, where she taught Mat and Reformer Pilates for several boutique studios, both group and private classes. She loved the variety of clients she worked with, from athletes looking to improve performance and avoid injury, to people needing to rehab, or pre or post surgery.

Kirsty’s sessions, are a focus on precision of technique, and a caring approach to her clients. Ranging from rehab pilates to challenging athletes. Kirsty tailor makes each session to the individual.

Anthony Briggs

Pilates: Matwork & Studio Equipment

See Westbury Park Studio


For more details or to book please call Elena directly on 07732 246866 or email

For more details or to book

Please call or text Elena on 07732 246866

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