Instructor in Focus: Peter Brook

Peter Brook

Peter Brook

Pilates48, Newport VIC

Instructor Name: Peter Brook
Studio(s) you work at: Pilates48
Location: Newport VIC
Instructor training: Certificate IV Pilates Mat Instructor
PAA Level: Group Instructor (Mat)

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

I was having issues with my neck in 2018 and had previously done Pilates in 1996 to fix back issues. The sessions enabled me to get back to squatting 400lbs and competing in the 1996 Australian University games where I won a silver medal in the shot put and bronze in the discus. I wanted to learn more and enrolled in a Cert IV course with Tensegrity on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

What did you eat for breakfast?

Bacon, eggs, toast and spinach

In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?


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

In Queensland it delayed obtaining my qualification and since moving to Melbourne it has prevented me from obtaining clients. In Melbourne I have also put on some kilos under lockdown.

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

I have not actively tried to obtain clients as Melbourne has been locked down for many months.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Helping people reengage with their body and teaching them how to be aware of correct posture and breathing.

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

Move with Nicole

The best advice you’ve ever had?

Breathe through your nose

An indulgence you can’t live without?


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

22 months

Do you have a motto?

If it gets measured then it gets done

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Finding clients

How do you use PAA?

PAA is a very useful resource for information

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

Elaine Ewing. I found her session at the 2021 conference inspirational and loved her focus on spinal extension.

What do you appreciate most about your body?

My glutes.

The book you’re currently reading?

Perfect Motion: How Walking Makes Us Wiser by Jono Lineen.

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