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Alan Herdman

A little bit about Alan...

Alan Herdman has been teaching Pilates in the UK for over 30 years. Over this time he has developed a unique approach to the work, which he has been teaching to numerous clients and teachers alike.

Alan studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer when, in the late 1960s, he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. There he worked intensively with Carola Trier and Bob Fitzgerald, two instructors who had been trained by Joseph Pilates himself. Although well-regarded amongst New York's dance fraternity, Pilates was unknown in the UK at that time and Alan returned in 1970 to set up Britain's first-ever Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries.

Alan now lectures on Pilates around the world, and he has written several successful books, including The Pilates Directory (2004), The Gaia Busy Person's Guide to Pilates (2003) and Pilates: Creating the Body You Want (1999). He runs a training course for Pilates instructors and, as well as running his own studios, he and his assistants teach in dance schools and designated Pilates studios internationally.

Alan Herdman's classes

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    Pilates Class 436

    COMPLETE BEGINNER - 20 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    A very gentle and calm relaxation class that will help you tune in, improve body awareness and prepare for other, more demanding...

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    Pilates Class 292

    COMPLETE BEGINNER - 10 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    In this short class Alan shares some of his specialized exercises to help find stability in the shoulder blade area. The exercises...

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    Pilates Class 296

    COMPLETE BEGINER - 10 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    A short class that helps you find the placement and alignment of the neck and head in relation to the spine. The...

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    Pilates Class 295

    BASIC - 20 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    This class is focused on Pelvic stability and revolves around ensuring that the lower abdominals and lower back are held properly...

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    Pilates Class 298

    COMPLETE BEGINNER - 20 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    A class that is all about the knees and the muscles that move them. It is very important that the knees are strong and that...

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    Soft articulation Pilates class with Alan Herdman

    A short class that offers the opportunity to spend time on hands and knees- a great position to strengthen the arm, shoulder...

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    Pilates Class 294

    COMPLETE BEGINNER - 30 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    A wonderful class to help the upper torso feel more relaxed and in the right position after hours of sitting in front...

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    Pilates Class 299

    COMPLETE BEGINNER - 10 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    A short class to help improve the mobility in the shoulder joints. Lack of mobility in this joint leads to wrong and...

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    Pilates Class 291

    COMPLETE BEGINNER - 20 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    A class dedicated to people who spend a lot of time on computers, driving cars etc. (who isn’t??). This class is done...

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    Pilates Class 297

    BASIC - 30 MINUTES - ALAN HERDMAN
    A class with strong focus on the back. The exercises in this class are designed to improve strength and suppleness in this...