Teacher Spotlight: Valerie Armistead
We are kicking off a special Teacher Spotlight Series to let you get to know our teachers here at Loudoun Pilates. Each month will feature a different teacher, and we are getting things started with Val.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A PILATES TEACHER?
I had been teaching ballet and taking Pilates classes for years, it seemed like a natural transition. I was encouraged by my friend, teacher and studio owner at the time, which has led me on an incredible journey of learning and teaching. That was over 10 years ago.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT TEACHING?
I enjoy getting to know my clients, watching them grow stronger, and encouraging them to try harder.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?
I would say I’m tough but not too tough, serious but not too serious. I have a good sense of humor and know that our bodies are different from day to day.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR CLIENTS WOULD DESCRIBE YOUR TEACHING STYLE?
I have been called a drill sergeant with a sweet voice. I believe my students would say I am very encouraging.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PILATES EXERCISE? LEAST FAVORITE?
I like powerful exercises: pull ups on the Cadillac, snake and twist on the reformer… My nemesis is neck pull, it seems to get harder and harder!
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME AWAY FROM THE STUDIO?
I have two young children who keep me very busy, taking them to their activities and just spending time with them. I enjoy running and try to squeeze it in when I can. I truly love any kind of movement.