Our Story

Julia Scodie – Founder & Lead Pilates Instructor
Julia Scodie - Exercise in the City - In the Office
Back in 2011 I took the plunge and left my full-time Project Manager job to focus on setting up Exercise in the City. Like many, I found it hard to find the time, and often motivation, to go to the gym or exercise after work. So I had the idea to make it easier by bringing Pilates and fitness classes directly to the workplace.

Initially it was just me teaching Pilates, but after reaching full capacity and seeing demand for other classes too, I recruited others and now work with a team of fantastic fitness instructors to bring Pilates, Circuits, HIIT, Yoga, Zumba and more of your favourite classes directly to workplaces across London.

…And I know it works. I first started Pilates through weekly classes in my office, during a lunch break, in a meeting room with desks and chairs pushed to the side! The opportunity to get away from my desk for an hour, network with colleagues, and generally re-energise and stretch always made me more productive and focused for the afternoon.

Why I love Pilates   I’ve been practising Pilates for over 9 years and am qualified as a STOTT PILATES® instructor.  After my first lesson I was hooked. I used to suffer from back pain and general muscle tightness due to a curvature of the spine.  Within a couple of sessions I started feeling the benefits, and after just a few months I could really feel how my strength and muscle tone had improved. I decided to train to become an instructor as I wanted to learn more about the technique and teach others so they can experience the benefits that I have. I chose STOTT PILATES®  due to the detail and knowledge covered and its contemporary approach.  Click here  to find out more about STOTT PILATES®

“I’m committed to teaching fun, energetic and safe classes that deliver results for my clients and  love being able to keep fit and healthy for a living whilst working with and meeting so many different people each week. It’s rewarding too – teaching and watching people strengthen and improve their fitness…   I look forward to meeting you!”

Emily Dormer – Lead Instructor
I’m a passionate, warm & enthusiastic teacher who believes that classes should be fun with a bit of hard work thrown in. I pride myself on my endless energy to help easily motivate others to improve, advance and above all ENJOY my classes.  I have been teaching for over 7 years and still love every minute of it. I have an extensive range of qualifications and I’m always working to improve my knowledge.

“I believe everyone should feel they are welcome within a class no matter what level or ability, I will always find a way to change and adapt an exercise to suit you.” 

Get in touch and book in your first class today

Our Qualifications
Members of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), Advanced Pilates Instructors, Ante/post natal specialists, Group exercise instructors (circuits, HIIT, core conditioning + many more), REPs Accredited & Insured. In addition: Julia specialises in working with Older Adults and Emily is an advanced Personal Trainer, Yoga teacher trained, GP referral qualified, Level 4 lower back pain specialist, advanced sports nutrition and massage therapist. Qualified to teach Older Adults.  

Would you like to join Exercise in the City?We’re looking for other great instructors to join our team

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