Distinguished instructor Alan Herdman has been teaching Pilates in the United Kingdom for over 30 years and opened Britain's first-ever Pilates studio in 1970.
Alan Herdman studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer in the late 1960s when he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. In New York, he worked intensively with Carola Trier and Bob Fitzgerald, two instructors who had been trained by Joseph Pilates himself. Although well-regarded amongst New York's dance fraternity, Joseph Pilates was unknown in the United Kingdom at that time. Alan returned in 1970 to set up his Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers, and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries.