Vital Pilates Bristol


Elena Whitlock

Elena in the office

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 2018 Elena started running Mat classes in Queen Charlton, Keynsham.

In 2020 Elena opened her studio in Westbury Park


Westbury Park Studio

Susie Heyworth

Pilates: Matwork

Susie has always had a fascination with movement ever since doing gymnastics at school. She has worked as a nurse for most of her career but during this time completed a certificate course to teach Exercise to music, a certificate course in Health & Science and an MSc in Health & Exercise Sciences. She has been exercising regularly ever since her twenties and loves Pilates feeling it’s pert of a way of life. She completed her Pilates Foundation Teacher Training in Salisbury in 2015 and felt she learnt so much during the course, which has given her a framework for lifelong learning.

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 is now working towards his Comprehensive qualification so you will be seeing more of him in the Equipment studio. He will ensure you have a full body workout, leaving you feeling invigorated with new strategies for movement and better health.

Andrea Beckman-Jones

Andrea Beckman-Jones

Pilates : Matwork and Studio Equipment

Andrea’s passion for movement was stirred at a young age through ballet, gymnastics and the outdoor activities available to her in her home state of New Mexico. In 2013 she moved to the UK and soon after began her comprehensive training through Polestar Pilates in London.

From her own battles with anxiety and depression, she realises the vital importance of not only a healthy body but a healthy mind which is reflected in her approach to movement. She believes that by practicing focussed, intelligent movement and breathing techniques (especially those developed by Joseph Pilates), positive and transformational change can occur. Expect a session to be a challenge for the brain, nourishing for the body and uplifting for the soul.


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.

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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