Denise Benson - Owner of BBodysmart Pilates Studio
I am 50 years old and have been in the fitness industry for 20 years. My passion started as a young girl doing ballet and tap and everything else that goes with it. I danced at least 3 times a week, plus competitions at weekend, how my Dad put up with it for all those years I am not too sure.
I did dance professionally for a couple of years before I got married and had my first 2 children. I am sure my parents must have thought all that money and time wasted.
In the middle of a massive change in my life a friend asked me to go to Louise Brookes health club, I did 1 step class with Louise and straight after she pulled me to one side and offered me a job, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me.
Louise organised all of my training and within a short time I was teaching all my own classes, I loved it. Louise was an amazing mentor and as a club owner she brought in everything new in the fitness industry.
We were the first club to bring in body pump and all the rest of the BTS training systems and were lucky enough to be taught by the guys who first brought it to the UK.
I loved it all but I was still missing something, then it came, Louise offered to me a Pilates course with Michael King it was it was like going back to my roots.
When Louise was bought out by LA Fitness I got the opportunity to hone my management skills. I was now coordinating the studios and managing staff, being on that side made me look at the sort of training I had received and the poor training that the younger people were getting so I decided to take my assessor qualification and teacher training.
I worked for capital sports until I had my third child and then went to teach at North Trafford College.
In 2006 I decided that I wanted my own studio, I took a leaf out of Louise’s book and looked for things that were new and different in the industry, so we started to do boot camps, we were the first to introduce Reformer Pilate Beds in this area.
As always I like to keep moving, as does the industry, we now have a studio that combines functional training and short sharp effective cardio classes with the amazing effects of the reformer beds.
Our aim is to achieve functional, fit, amazing looking bodies without the stress of long boring hours spent in a gym whilst bringing fun to fitness and teach body awareness to the everyone.
I love my job and I am surrounded by fantastic people I am so lucky.
Here are some photos of our studios.
"Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self confidence follows." Joseph Pilates
If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young. Jospeh Pilates
What our customers say...
BIG thanks for the Reformer Pilates, success where Chiro, Osteo, Physio & acupunture failed - Thank you!Ian Oliver PSG Manchester
After suffering with a very painful prolapsed disc, I finally had an injection into my spine and was advised the effects may last up to 6 months, sometimes for slightly longer. I was recommendedGil Ellis Manchester
To cut a long story short. I am a heavy machinery mechanic, I am 45 I had a severe car accident, After the accident I thought my working life was over. Which afterDean Sharp Mechanic
I can honestly say that training with Denise on the pilates refomer bed has transformed my life. I was always sceptical of pilates and saw it as a waste of workout time. Instead IAmanda Killelea Feature Writer - Daily Mirror