Instructor in Focus: Lauren Harper

Lauren Harper

Lauren Harper

Coastal Pilates & Fitness, Boambee NSW

Instructor Name: Lauren Harper
Studio(s) you work at: Coastal Pilates & Fitness
Location: Boambee NSW
Instructor training: Pilates International Pty Ltd
PAA Level: Professional Instructor L4

What originally motivated you to try Pilates and then go on to train as an instructor?

My motivation was purely by accident. I had just started working as a personal trainer in a small studio in Pymble, Sydney, where they were also offering Pilates mat classes. Management approached me and said I’d make a good Pilates Instructor and they would pay for my training. I had no idea what Pilates was at the time. I was only accepted into the course after doing 30 hours of supervised self mastery on my body. After my first 1.5 hour session of Pilates, I floated out of the studio and felt that I’d never need another massage again! I was converted.

What did you eat for breakfast?

A protein shake and some sour dough toast with Vegemite on it.

In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?


What impact has the recent COVID-19 virus had on your world?

Very stressful times but it makes you grow as an individual and a business when you are willing to change to survive.

How have you handled your Pilates teaching with COVID-19, any advice to other teachers?

By going on-line. Don’t under sell your services. Your time costs no matter whether it’s face-to-face or on-line. Don’t discount. We still have to eat and pay our bills like any other business or individual.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Being in control of my work schedule as the business owner and making a real change to those that come to me with pain and restriction and watching them change, often very quickly.

Your ‘go to’ website for all things Pilates (other than PAA)?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. I have two. Pilates Anytime and YouTube.

The best advice you’ve ever had?

Make sure your business is a reflection of you. Be true to who you are and what you stand for.

An indulgence you can’t live without?

My daily Cappucino from my coffee machine.

How long have you been a member of PAA and how did you hear about PAA?

2008. I became a student member whilst studying with Pilates International and have remained a member since then.

Do you have a motto?

Not so much of a motto but the advice I give all clients if they are thinking about stopping. “You have invested a lot of time and money into your Pilates journey so far, to stop now would be a waste of your investment.”

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Finding or attracting Diploma level trained instructors in or to Coffs Harbour. And working too hard!

How do you use PAA?

I use the PAA for Human Resources and for accessing discounted courses.

Who is your Pilates idol or would love to meet, and why?

No one in particular. I’ve met so many idols over the last 18 years who I feel very honoured meeting them. Collectively they have shaped me into who I have become today.

What do you appreciate most about your body?

I can’t believe how flexible I am only starting Pilates at the age of 40. So far going through menopause hasn’t affected my flexibility.

The book you’re currently reading?

The Foot Fix by Yamuna Yake. I’m obsessed with feet after having suffered from 3 stress fractures over the years and battling with some plantar fasciitis.



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