Our Instructors

Kirsty McDonald

I discovered Pilates 25 years ago after trying everything to cure an ongoing back problem – regular pain, instability, lack of confidence to approach physical tasks – not helped by years of sedentary office work as an IT Manager.  Pilates taught me how to align my posture & utilise my abdominals – it felt like a miracle to be pain free after suffering for years.  I was so motivated to share my passion for Pilates that I retrained as an Instructor.  I’ve shared the benefits of Pilates with so many people at my Ryton Studio and Gosforth classes who had similar challenges but are now reaping the benefits of stronger abdominal muscles, reduced joint and back pain, better posture and a general improvement in their well-being!

My qualifications include:

  • Sagalates MK Pilates, 2020
  • Level 3 Diploma in Matwork Pilates, CYQ (2012)
  • Level 2 Emergency First Aid At Work
  • Level 2 Certificate in Matwork Pilates, Pilates Institute (2004)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Exercise and Fitness (2004)

Sharon Neil

Sharon started attending regular Pilates classes over 5 years ago after suffering from ongoing frozen shoulder and neck pain after a horse riding injury. She found it so beneficial and life changing, she decided to turn her passion into training to become an instructor.

Sharon also teaches at a Riding For The Disabled Centre teaching horse riding to both children and adults and thoroughly enjoys given the riders the opportunity to fulfil their dreams and goals.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork (Active IQ) July 2016 & First Aid At Work April 2016

Sharon Neil

Sharon started attending regular Pilates classes over 5 years ago after suffering from ongoing frozen shoulder and neck pain after a horse riding injury. She found it so beneficial and life changing, she decided to turn her passion into training to become an instructor.

Sharon also teaches at a Riding For The Disabled Centre teaching horse riding to both children and adults and thoroughly enjoys given the riders the opportunity to fulfil their dreams and goals.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork (Active IQ) July 2016 & First Aid At Work April 2016