Pilates at SWEAT Southsea


At SWEAT Southsea you can train effectively 1-1 with our dedicated and talented Pilates instructors, in a private and comfortable environment, without any sign up or membership fees.



As well as being an APPI Pilates instructor, Lexie is a highly qualified Sports Therapist, having completed her MSc degree in Sports Rehabilitation at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Lexie graduated in Sports Therapy BSc (Hons) from the University of Chichester and subsequently worked in clinic environments across Hampshire before joining the SWEAT team. Lexie is currently working towards her Pre and Post Natal Pilates qualifications.

Through my training and experience, I believe the best treatment is movement, which is why I recommend Pilates so much and why I decided to become a qualified instructor.
— Lexie


As well as being an APPI Pilates instructor, Sam is a specialist Physiotherapist. Sam qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia and subsequently worked in the NHS for 6 years, becoming a Lead Physiotherapist across musculoskeletal, surgical and respiratory specialisms.  Sam has a wealth of experience working with people who have had orthopaedic surgery, long term back pain, whiplash injuries, post-operative conditions, dysfunctional breathing to endurance athletes.



Amanda trained at the international STOTT HQ in Toronto. Amanda initially discovered Pilates through Physiotherapy following her own injuries and after seeing the power that Pilates can have on the body and mind first-hand, decided to become a Pilates instructor. Amanda is keen to work with people to help with their athletic conditioning, injury rehabilitation and improve their mind body connection to create a more holistic view of training.

I chose STOTT Pilates as this method combines the best of classical Pilates and the new medical and anatomical discoveries that have been made since Joseph Pilates created it.
— Amanda

How will Pilates benefit me?


Our chosen methods of Pilates are advanced exercise methodologies designed to improve your core strength (key in protecting the spine) and to remove imbalances within the body which may predispose you to injury. Pilates will also help you improve posture, balance and flexibility. Pilates is beneficial for everyone to improve muscular strength throughout the body. It is recommended for people with back pain as it helps to develop muscular strength in the back and abdominal region as well as improving spinal mobility, all of which are important to the treatment and prevention of back pain. It is also great for athletes to energise muscular slings and correct muscle firing patterns as well as helping with posture. 

Increased core strength, stability and peripheral mobility / Longer, leaner muscles / Balanced strength & flexibility / Improved balance, coordination & circulation / Improved posture / Increased circulation and relieved tension / Enhanced athletic performance / Heightened body awareness and mindfulness of movement / Low to no impact making it easy on your joints / Helps prevent injury and improve existing injuries / Suitable for everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes / Decrease in lower back and neck pain, as well as other general pains / Works the deeper, smaller muscles groups that can be missed in typical workouts or exercise classes / Complimentary to all other forms of workouts and rehab programmes / Modifications for all fitness levels and injuries

What is STOTT Pilates?

STOTT Pilates is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. This form of Pilates incorporates modern exercise principles and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. Recognised around the world for its quality and training excellence, STOTT Pilates offers varying levels of movement — essential, intermediate and advanced — to meet the exercise needs of all clients, from post-rehab to elite athlete. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. Amanda says that she chose STOTT Pilates "as this method combines the best of classical Pilates and the new medical and anatomical discoveries that have been made since Joseph Pilates created it." 

What is APPI Pilates?

APPI Pilates was designed by Physiotherapists Glen & Elisa Withers and specifically for those working in the field of rehabilitation; therefore pathology, normal movement patterns, neuro-muscular timing and neural pathomechanics are addressed in relation to each exercise. The traditional Pilates repertoire is broken down into clearly defined levels to ensure a standard, gradual progression towards normal functional movement. Scientific evidence on segmental spinal stabilisation and on pelvic stability forms the theoretical foundation for the APPI curriculum. The APPI use a 5 stage rehabilitation programme and 5 key principles to get you back to fitness and moving your best throughout every Pilates movement. The 5 stage model works as it allows the instructor to ensure the exercise and treatment modality used is appropriate for the client on each session. Once a client understands the connection of the brain to the essence of a movement, clients are progressed along the pathway at a speed that is relevant to them. The APPI method, with over 100 different Matwork movements then allows the client to move into a more advanced, fitness and wellness program that begins to shape and tone the body to achieve the results you want.

Who is Pilates good for?

  • Athletes looking to enhance their performance
  • Individuals recovering from injury
  • Anyone interested in increasing their core strength, flexibility and stability
  • Fitness fanatics that want to get to a higher level of fitness capacity
  • People of all ages and fitness levels
  • Individuals undertaking rehabilitation programmes
  • People interested in rebalancing their body and muscles from stressful lives or repetitive daily activities, such as sitting at a desk
  • Workout beginners that want a lower impact workout with big gains
  • Mums-to-be (but make sure you take pre-natal sessions/classes only!)

Private Pilates: availability and rates


Single sessions: £45 / Block of 5 sessions: £200

Semi Private (2 people): £50

Small Private Group (3-5 people): £19 per person (off-peak studio times only)

(all sessions are 60 minutes)

Pilates Classes

  • Monday 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 6:30pm
  • Thursday 1:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30am