Instructor in Focus: Yvette Clements

Yvette Clements

Yvette Clements

Pilates Nest, Crows Nest NSW

Instructor Name: Yvette Clements
Studio(s) you work at: Pilates Nest
Location: 236 West St, Crows Nest, NSW
Instructor training: Diploma Polestar Pilates
PAA Level: Professional Level 3 Instructor

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

I have been working in the fitness Industry as a Personal Trainer for over 30 years, and have enjoyed helping clients reach their full potential. After having children, I discovered Pilates and found a great passion for the practice. It was after my fourth child was born that I embarked on my study of Pilates, and I haven’t looked back!

What did you eat for breakfast?

The early mornings are often busy with clients, and preparing the children for school. A Green Smoothie is often my breakfast of choice.

Green Smoothie:
1 frozen banana
half a mango cheek
half a zuchinni
1/4 of a lime
BIG handful of greens of your choice- spinach, rocket, baby spinach, kale etc
300mls of water + ice (optional)
* Blend all ingredients together until smooth.


In one word, describe your first Pilates experience?


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

Covid- 19 had a huge impact on my world. Home-schooling four children forced me to slow down and broaden my horizons. ‘Pilates Nest’ opened it doors at the end of 2021, when I recognised the benefits of training clients in small groups/ private one-on-one’s. Having a boutique Pilates Studio nestled in the community, allowed clients to train without visiting large exposure sites.

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

At ‘Pilates Nest’ we take the health and safety of our community seriously. We wear masks when required, take rapid antigen test regularly, and follow a strict hygiene practice. Health and safety is our number one priority.

Being the sole trainer at Pilates Nest, clients could continue to train without visiting large exposure sites. My advice to other teachers would be sure to communicate to clients, to ensure they feel safe, and that their needs are being met.

What’s the best thing about your job?

It’s a privilege being able to work with clients to achieve their goals. My clients teach me, as much as I teach them. It’s a beautiful exchange.

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

Polestar Pilates
Pilates Nook
Pilates Anytime

The best advice you’ve ever had?

‘Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become’ – James Clear, Atomic Habits.

An indulgence you can’t live without?

‘Sushi’ dinner with my partner ‘Ned’.

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

Since November 2021.

Do you have a motto?

‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better’ – Maya Angelou

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Running a small business is a constant juggle of keeping on top of admin, programs and accounting. However, the challenge is incredibly rewarding!

How do you use PAA?

I enjoy the online workshops.

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

Kimberley Garlick @ Northern Rivers Pilates, Lismore. And Cat Giannitto, Polestar Pilates Brookvale.

Both Cat and Kimberley are Polestar Educators. They are incredible instructors and inspirational!

What do you appreciate most about your body?

Movement, health and wellbeing.

The book you’re currently reading?

Educated by Tara Westover.

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