Inside the Pilates Studio: Amy Kellow

Inside the Pilates Studio: Amy Kellow

Amy Kellow

There are so many reasons to love Amy, it's hard to know where to begin. I met Amy in October 2011 during my first section of The Work at Vintage Pilates. Many a friendship is forged in the midst of the Mat exercises, especially as you sweat it out mentally and physically in the High Scissors and High Bicycle. There is often much gnashing of teeth while working to perfect just these 2 mat exercises. Then of course you've got all the other exercises… Oh. Shall we soothe ourselves over Shabu Shabu then? Affirmative.

Amy's passion and dedication to her Pilates education is impressive. According to Brendon Burchard, a frequent speaker on motivation, high performance and leadership, “Experts are always students first.” Score 1 for Amy.

Inside the Pilates Studio: Amy Kellow

Classical Pilates Convention UK

I plan to join Amy Kellow along with Vintage Pilates trifecta: Jay Grimes, Karen Frischmann, Sandy Shimoda and Mejo Wiggin at the Classical Pilates Conference on 27-29 September 2013.

Register online.

Stop by and say hello on Facebook.

For more information email Amy.

Conference planning is just one of the skills in Amy's wheelhouse. I don't think she sleeps.

And now I must profess my lifelong love affair with Amy's home: England. Great B. UK's-ville.

Sorry Sweden, but you never forget your first…

“This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England…”

-William Shakespeare's Richard II

I think I'll spare you the geeky Brit stories from my adolescence. Let's just say I had a mean Brummie accent, not to mention at one point I could recite the entire canon of…Monty Python.


1. What is your favorite Pilates exercise and why?

Amy Kellow: This is a really tough question. At the moment I love Pull Ups on the Wunda Chair. I choose to do this at the beginning of my workouts so I can feel the challenge of finding the right connections in the body. I love the 1 legged versions as this really helps me connect to my weaker side so if I am feeling a little off balance I will do this. I can use the exercise to connect to my body, challenge myself to deepen my work and to find my weak spots!

2. What exercise is your least favorite? Pick only one.

AK: I have always found Going Up Side on the Wunda Chair so challenging. I can picture all my teachers nodding in agreement now! I remember thinking in my initial training how impossible the exercise was for me, a few months later I didn't think it so bad. But then every time I think I have the exercise cracked and I feel confident about it it rears up at me and becomes impossible again!

3. What turns you on creatively, mentally or physically about the Pilates method?

AK: I'm a thinker – I always have been. Pilates challenges me to think about the body and whether I have the ability to feel what I see and see what I hear and the strength to express this in my teaching. Pilates has always made sense to me and I hope that I can get others to feel the same.

4.What is your idea of earthly happiness?

AK: Apart from being able to travel the world and hang out with my favorite pilates people!

Earthly happiness is the comfort of home with good friends and loved ones, laughter, hugs and afternoon naps curled up on the sofa and of course a good glass of red wine.

5. What to your mind would be the greatest misfortune?

AK: Not to follow your dreams and aspirations. You only have yourself to account to so take the small steps that you know you can achieve and the rest will fall into place.

6. What is your favorite Pilates word?

AK: Grow – in my knowledge, in my body, in my ability to teach.

7. What is your least favorite Pilates word?

AK: Today it is ‘Imprinting'. I have come across so many teachers that do not understand this concept. I think it is overused but often not understood.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

AK: I'd like to run a cozy country pub.

9. If Heaven exists, and by some chance when you arrive at the pearly gates Joseph Pilates is also there, what would you like to hear him say to you?

AK: “Good work Amy … now go do your mat!”

10. What did you learn today?

AK: To enjoy the company of the people around me, be proud of their achievements and continue to support them in any way I can.

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  1. Carol Taylor says

    So great to see the interview with Amy K, my teacher. Really nice to know that her passion and inherent niceness are appreciated by others. I love her knowledge, her passion, her ambition to grow and be the best she can and help others to do the same.
    She has even inspired me to think about training to teach Pilates at the ripe age of 62!

    • Carol, Thank you so much for posting this comment. I agree, Amy is awesome and I am so excited to see her again in a couple weeks when she is in Los Angeles. And good for you – sounds like you too are very passionate about Pilates and I wish you luck with your Pilates training! Thank you for reading 🙂

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