“Let’s build a gender-balanced world . Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage… Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.” – International Women’s Day 2019
Founded in 2007 by Joanne Mathews, Ten has had gender parity since day one – #BalanceforBetter is a cause we’re aligned with naturally and fundamentally. It also gives us another reason (not that we need one) to celebrate the achievements of some of the female members of Team Ten.
By day (early mornings and late evenings included) you’ll find Olu greeting clients and keeping our City Studio running smoothly. By night and at weekends she’s a dancer, choreographer, female empowerment activist and mentor, founder of Afroqueens Dance camp and most recently to be found gracing the catwalks for Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week.
Over the past year or so, Frances has gained a reputation as one of Ten’s ‘smiling assassins’ – killer classes delivered with infectious enthusiasm, and a disarming smile. She’s also a key member of Ten’s Clinical team, providing expert specialist exercise sessions to clients with life-altering clinical conditions, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Although her focus might be on helping clients improve their movement through Pilates at Ten, you might not know that Fitzrovia’s Maria Athanaseli is also a qualified nutritionist, with an MSc in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics.
Take note next time you’re thinking about not completing that last set of oblique raises in a class with Senior Trainer Leah – she’s also holds a 1st Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Since starting with us as a Physiotherapist three years ago there’s been no stopping Elle’s ascent at Ten – she’s spearheaded the launch of our Physio-Led Pilates classes, and you’ll now also find her managing a busy workload that combines teaching Pilates classes, treating a full schedule of physio clients and keeping things running smoothly as Lead Physio at our City Studio.
Before her time at Ten Physio Kendall could be found whipping some of the top hockey players in Australia into shape as Head Physio and trainer, working with some of the Olympic Kookaburra players.
As well as teaching classes and helping personal training clients reach their goals, Ten Master Trainer Erica also has several other arrows in her Ten bow as one of the lead trainers on our professional training arm TenEducation. She’s also the brains behind the first Reformer based stretch class in London TenStretch, and she recently added a Massage qualification to her health and fitness CV too.
It’s hard to pick just one achievement of St. James’s and Mayfair trainer Caroll Kerner to talk about. She’s completed not one but 14 marathons (as well as a 100K which she finished in just over 10 hours), competed in the legendary Tour de France ascent Alpes d’Huez (which she completed in just over an hour on a steel bike), trained as a Krav Maga instructor in Israel, and currently spends her time outside of Ten winning prizes as a professional bodybuilder.
Famed at Ten for her legendarily challenging classes, Eleftheria holds a degree in Sports Science, and a Masters in Dance Science amongst her long list of qualifications. Equally impressively, out of the Pilates studio she is also a circus performer, specialising in aerial and fire work.
Of course that’s just some of the impressive stuff we know about – but all members of Team Ten are, in our mind, truly remarkable. They’re hired for exactly that reason – because they’re the best in London, not because their gender might better fit the stereotype of Pilates Instructor or Strength and Conditioning Coach.