You are in the right place…
…if you aspire to be the best Yoga Teacher, Pilates Teacher or Personal Trainer
Do you love going to classes and dream of being the teacher one day?
Are you looking for some direction in life?
Would you like a career in the world of Yoga, Pilates or fitness, but don’t know where to start?
Well then, you have landed on the right page!
We have been training inspirational instructors for over 19 years and have been at the forefront of the UK fitness industry with numerous highly successful instructors trained by us working worldwide.
Whether you are an experienced fitness professional looking for career development, or an enthusiast wanting to get started…we can help you.
The EnergyWise Academy has an excellent reputation as Scotland’s leading privately owned Fitness & Pilates training providers.
You may not have heard of us before….but we don’t mind!
We have been working away over the years, training mainly Pilates Instructors to an incredibly high standard, and NOW we have added Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga PLUS Level 2 Gym Instructor & Level 3 Personal Training to the mix.
We work with one of the UK’s leading Awarding Bodies, namely Active IQ and our training courses are always held in comfortable surroundings with desks and chairs,
We don’t think it’s acceptable to ask you to sit on the studio floor, and expect you to learn!
If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us and you may find more answers on our FAQs page. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
What do our students say?
“Friendly, welcoming and supportive”
“Relaxed and friendly atmosphere”
“So many doors have opened for me”
“Exciting atmosphere to learn”
“Welcoming and supportive approach”
“Truly life changing experience”
Get to know us…
Experienced tutors who still actively teach classes in their specialist subjects
Fiona Brown | TUTOR | ASSESSOR | INTERNAL VERIFIER |PRINCIPAL
Fiona founded The EnergyWise Academy in November 2005 in response to numerous requests from instructors living in Scotland who resented having to continually travel to London for Pilates training courses.
Fiona’s career in fitness spans three decades and has seen her teach fitness classes from her own studio, introduce STEP to Dundee; she established Caledonian Fitness Personal Training Studio in 1998 and quickly grew her appointments to 35 per week. This company was renamed EnergyWise Health & Fitness and was sold as a going concern in 2009 to allow time to build The EnergyWise Academy.
In the year 2000 she trained with Michael King as a Pilates Instructor and has since worked with Sherri Betz, Rebecca Leone and Doreen Puglisi adding specialist skills in training Pilates for Osteoporosis and Post Mastectomy.
She was invited to join the TEG – Team of Experts when Skills Active were writing the National Occupational Standards for the then new Level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates. In 2009 Fiona was head hunted by one of the largest Awarding Organisations in the UK to help them develop their own Mat Pilates Diploma along with the Level 3 Personal Trainer Certificate. She also helped develop and deliver their Pilot course for the Level 3 Award in Designing Pre & Post Natal Exercise Programmes.
Each of the tutors in the team have been trained by Fiona to achieve the nationally recognised Award in Education & Training …so you know you’re going to be in safe hands with Tutors who not only know how to pass on their information in a non-patronising fashion …they also continue to work with the general public. We don’t simply read from Power Point Presentations. We teach you to TEACH.
Fiona has in excess of 10,000 face to face tutoring hours alongside at least a further 10,000 hours teaching the general public. She oversees all the courses delivered by The EnergyWise Academy and has been dubbed “Auntie Fiona” by many of our students in response to hear caring, nurturing supportive attitude.
Her first love was ballet and as a youngster she studied the Margot Fonteyn Classical Ballet Syllabus to Intermediate level before having to give up her dream due to a hereditary condition in her feet which prevented her from dancing En Pointe. Switching to the fitness industry as an adult allowed her to maintain her love of movement, whilst focusing on alignment and technique.
Across the decades she has selected a team of incredible tutors to help her build The EnergyWise Academy to its current standing as Scotland’s leading training provider in Pilates, all aspects of Fitness and most recently Yoga.
Lesley Mitchell | TUTOR & ASSESSOR
Lesley Mitchell has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and is a qualified Pilates Instructor, AFAA Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Lesley is one of our tutors and examiners for practical subjects and currently teaches Pilates, ETM, Personal Training and has a Level 3 Pilates qualification and Ante/Post Natal Award.
Lesley teaches regular classes in Peebles, Galashiels and Edinburgh www.pilatesinpeebles.co.uk
Fiona Fleming | TUTOR
Fiona Fleming has a background in contemporary dance and numerous qualifications in health fitness and aqua spanning more than 25 years.
She has a Mat Pilates Level 3 Diploma , Ante/Post Natal Award and has a special interest in working with clients with mental illness as she also has qualifications in counselling and working with dementia. Fiona works in the Scottish Borders and teaches regular classes in and around Kelso.
Morag Hammond | TUTOR
Morag ‘s career in fitness spans more than three decades, originally in competitive Power Lifting. After returning to Edinburgh from the Highlands, she quickly established herself as a popular Personal Trainer. After years of teaching 20+ high impact classes a week, She assessed the impact on her own body ad decided to add an Exercise Referral qualification and was able to draw on her experience of working at a doctor’s surgery in Buckie which had it’s own gym! Adding further qualifications in Cardiac Rehab, Falls Prevention, Exercise for Stroke and COPD Morag is also a Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist.
Morag is our main Tutor for the Level 3 Exercise Referral course and is unique in that she still actively works in this field and unlike many college lecturers … she has lots of real life scenarios she can draw on to illustrate her point which brings this slightly dry qualification to life.
She is also a believer in continuing to learn and is constantly seeking out more CPD for her own personal development.
Dawn Gillies | TUTOR & ASSESSOR
Dawn Gillies is a crazily busy 3rd year BSc Science student who somehow finds time to teach Pilates, Yoga and fitness classes.
Dawn has many, many years of experience to pass on to her students. She is known for her extremely upbeat positive attitude and an infectious enthusiasm.
As Senior Tutor for our Yoga qualification Dawn has inspired a number of Yoga teachers to pursue their dreams. Always supportive and constantly building confidence …a skill she honed whilst being trained by Fiona Brown many years ago. Dawn holds three Diplomas – Level 3 Mat Pilates, Level 3 Teaching Yoga and Level 3 Exercise Referral the Level 3 Award for Designing Pre & Post Natal Exercise Programmes and a host of other qualifications. She is a firm believer in the need to be continually learning and also offers CPD – Continuing Professional Development subjects.
Dawn currently teaches classes in and around Perth and most recently has added Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga classes to her repertoire.
Sarah Macdonald | TUTOR & ASSESSOR
Sarah’s interest in health & fitness began when she was a competitive swimmer, fitness class attendee and first aid volunteer… after which she decided to turn her hobbies into a career and applied for a Lifeguard job at Queen Margaret University in 1998 and has been there ever since! Over the years her role has progressed through Supervisor, Assistant Manager to her present role as Manager. Throughout this time she has also been a swimming teacher, RLSS National Pool Lifeguard course Trainer and Assessor and Fitness Class Instructor.
Megan Mcgregor | TUTOR
Megan Macgregor has been a Yoga and Pilates practitioner for more than 18 years. She has recently returned from Sydney, Australia to her hometown of Glasgow and we are fortunate to have secured her skills to work with The EnergyWise Academy.
In her own words:
“My Yoga mat has provided me with a consistently stable base during many challenging times in my life.
Yoga and Pilates have been the foundations of self-awareness, self-confidence for me and have provided me a grounded realisation of my place on earth as well as helping me create two beautiful children.
Being a teacher allows me to help other people in their steps towards building the foundations of their own practice. In turn, the energy that I get from teaching gives me vitality and the desire to continue learning and evolving myself.”
Megan qualified as a Yoga teacher and a Pilates instructor (Mat/Reformer and Studio Pilates) through Tiaki Pilates and Yoga Wellington, New Zealand in 2011 and has completed post-qualification training in pre-natal/post-natal Pilates at Elixir in Sydney Australia plus Yoga for Kids and Families with Rainbow Kids Yoga.
Cameron Cowie | TUTOR
Cameron has always had a passion for sport and fitness from an early age, partaking in a number of different sports Rugby, football, Golf, Athletics and Running Rat Races. Rugby being the sport I excelled in and continue to play. With this it was a natural progression to pursue a career in the industry where I have now 8 years of experience from working in private and commercial facilities. I enjoy making a difference to people’s lives and seeing them make changes and achieving their aims and objectives. That’s what gives me job satisfaction.
Becky Robertson | TUTOR | ASSESSOR | INTERNAL VERIFIER
Becky Robertson began working in the fitness industry over 9 years ago as a Modern Apprentice in The EnergyWise Academy office and was inspired to train as a Pilates teacher after seeing the difference Pilates makes to people.
Becky loves to work with beginners to exercise and seeing the progress and achievements clients make… no matter how small they are. Over the last few years Becky has added a number of qualifications to her portfolio, including Level 3 Mat Pilates, Level 3 Adapting Exercise for Pre and Post Natal Clients, Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Exercise to Music, Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-Based Exercise, Level 3 Education and Training, Level 3 Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement, Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice and is currently working towards her Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga.
Mark Millar | TUTOR & ASSESSOR
Mark is a qualified Personal Trainer and experienced gym and fitness class instructor interested in the holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Combining the knowledge gained in his various fitness qualifications and his BSC Hons in Nutrition he enjoys helping others realise their health goals. Mark also tutors on the Level 2 Fitness instructor and Level 3 Personal training courses on offer at QMU, a role which gives him great satisfaction as he gets to review and pass on the knowledge he has gained over the years to new instructors.
Mark is very passionate about health and has a particular interest in plant based nutrition, which he has experimented with for well over a decade. Outside the gym Mark enjoys cycling, the countryside, reading and making music.
How do I get started?
We know that you will be very keen to get the ball rolling, and understand that you will have lots of questions swimming around. The best thing you can do now is call our Principal, Fiona Brown on 0131 669 8888 for the very best guidance on all things EnergyWise, and also all about the Yoga, Pilates and fitness industry.
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