About Jane Mansley
I'm a Girton-based Pilates and fitness instructor. I run classes in and around Cambridgeshire, specialising in Body Control Pilates® and STRONG by Zumba®. My classes are suitable for all fitness levels and I aim to make them welcoming, fun and very effective.
As a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals I'm committed to professional development and am qualified to Level 2 Exercise to Music and Level 3 Instructing Pilates Matwork. I'm also appropriately insured, and first aid certified. I initially trained to teach Pilates Matwork in 2015, and in 2018 I became a Body Control Pilates® teacher.
My philosophy is that exercise should be about having fun and feeling good - for life!
I believe that eating a balanced diet and taking enjoyable exercise are the most important and effective ways to look after your body. If you can't sustain a highly restrictive diet or a gruelling or repetitive exercise regime in the long-term, you won't enjoy the benefits in the long-term, and you'll soon be back where you started. However, there's no one-size-fits-all system. Competitive team sports are fantastic for some people, others thrive in environments where they can progress at their own pace.
You don't need to look 'a certain way' to come to my classes. Pictures in the media - including the fitness media - often represent distorted images of what it means to be fit and healthy, and this can lead to negative self-esteem. I am happy with my body, and guess what? It's okay to like a body that isn't a magazine editor's idea of air-brush perfect. It's much healthier to like what is realistic for you than to strive for the unobtainable. Feeling good is about being valued for who you are, overcoming challenges and maybe having a bit of a giggle. I offer exercises with high and low alternatives so that everyone can work at their own level, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Although as an adult I've long been interested in looking after my health and fitness, this hasn't always been the case. Indeed, if you'd met me at a school PE lesson, typically picking daisies during a rounders match, you would be surprised to see me as a fitness professional today! I favoured sciences over sport, and have a PhD in genetics. I worked as a conservation biologist for ten years, taking up fitness instruction in 2011. My family includes two lovely daughters and a husband who keeps fit by running, skiing and Pilates.
Monday 12:00 and 13:00 Pilates BAS*
Tuesday 10:00 and 11.15 Pilates Harston
Tuesday 19:00 STRONG by Zumba® Girton
Thursday 09:20 and 10:30 Pilates Haslingfield
Thursday 14:00 Pilates Mayfield school
Starting in October: Thursday 19:15 STRONG30 Girton
Starting in October: Thursday 19:45 Pilates Girton
Friday 09:30 Pilates Colours of Dance
Friday 12:30 Pilates Solarflare*
*Members only classes. Other classes available upon booking.