Lea Taylor, Founder
Lea is from the east coast of the USA, and her career in dance and fitness spans more than 20 years. With a BA in dance from the prestigious Juilliard school in NYC, along with fitness qualifications from both the US and the UK including group fitness, barre training, group indoor cycling and TRX suspension training, she has an outstanding pedigree.
Following a move to the UK in 2009, Lea created Iso Barre. She took her method to local health and fitness centres and within a very short space of time, members were queuing to attend her classes. The demand for Iso Barre became so great that a custom built studio was opened in the spring of 2012, with plans for additional studios in the works. Lea finds teaching Iso Barre incredibly fulfilling. “I love helping people reach their fitness goals, recover from injury and find ways to overcome chronic pain.” She is excited to now have the chance to train other fitness professionals to use Iso Barre in their own classes.
Our instructors deliver clear, concise instruction, which makes it possible for the client to get an incredibly focused and intense workout. Every instructor has been trained and certified in the Iso Barre method, is a minimum level 2 exercise to music certified, fully licensed and insured. All instructors are certified first aiders.
Sally joined the Iso Barre team in 2011. Sally has a background in classical ballet, and spent her formative years training at the Solihull School of Ballet and the Royal Academy of Dancing on scholarship.
Sally eventually left the world of dance and became a chartered surveyor. 12 years and two children later, she discovered Iso Barre. “I finally found a form of exercise which gave me the strength and tone I had as a dancer.”
Cat became a regular at Lea’s Iso Barre classes in Thames Ditton in 2010. Following a move up North in 2012, Cat missed her 3 times-a-week Iso Barre fix so much, she decided to train as an instructor.
After completing a Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification and Iso Barre method training, she started teaching classes in Bramhall, Cheshire in June 2013. “It’s the only class I’ve ever done that keeps me physically and mentally challenged. I never get bored of it and feel longer, stronger and more supple than ever before.” Cat is excited about building up an Iso Barre following in Cheshire.
Maddie worked as a commercial property lawyer in London for 15 years reaching senior associate level. She left her legal life to raise her two young daughters, however not being one to sit still for too long, she decided to pursue a lifelong passion and became a certified fitness instructor and TRX trainer.
“I love being fit and strong and I want others to feel that way too. I enjoy watching people embrace the challenge of getting and staying fit, and seeing the achievement they feel afterwards. As I told my husband when he first started out, ‘don’t push too hard too soon or you won’t learn to love it. Proper exercise and training is not a fad to be got through in January or to get beach-fit: it’s a mindset and lifestyle which delivers well being.”
Maddie has a keen interest in high intensity training, including cardiovascular and muscular endurance, and tailors her classes to suit all levels. In addition to teaching classes at Iso Barre, Maddie is also a first responder working voluntarily in the ambulance service.
Erin started her career as a professional dance teacher, known for her passion for movement and her dedication to helping her students build strength, tone and flexibility. Certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Erin studied and trained at Linda Sweetzer’s Teacher Training College where she went on to teach ballet, tap, modern and jazz for various dance schools.
A passion for fitness led Erin to explore Zumba, which she taught at various gyms and her dance school. Struggling with knee problems during her dance career, she needed an alternative means of exercise to keep her knee strong. After leaving the dance industry due to two knee operations, Erin discovered yoga. This dramatically helped her recovery and allowed her to return to her dance and fitness studies, including certifications in group fitness and spinning. In 2013 she became certified to teach barre fitness. Erin incorporates her dance training and teaching into her barre classes creating sequences which inspire her students and ensures everyone leaves having had a great workout!
Toby was brought up on a farm in Africa but moved to the UK for secondary education and the start of his career. In 2010 he left the corporate world to follow his passion in strength & fitness. He is a certified Personal Trainer and class instructor with a specialism in Injury and rehabilitation work. Toby has an inspirational and exceptionally encouraging approach to training.
“Following a career in health and fitness was the best thing I’ve done. The personal fulfillment I get from helping people reach their goals is amazing. I simply love my job!”
Toby originally trained clients in the corporate world, as he understood their mindset and doing so was incredibly important to achieving their goals. Now living in Thames Ditton, Toby has gradually begun training more people in and around the area where he has a growing client base.
“A Kettlebell, a suspension training system and a great heart are just about all you need to create brilliant workouts that make you feel amazing, look amazing and take your fitness to a new level!”
Jeanette grew up with a passion for fitness & has always loved competing in a variety of sports including karate & dance. She has taught karate & currently volunteers & teaches at her local West Coast Swing dance group.
Following rave reviews from a friend, Jeanette tried her first Iso Barre class in Thames Ditton & became hooked. Amazed at the rapid changes & improved strength in her body Jeanette was keen to find out more so jumped when the opportunity arose to train as an instructor. Now qualified Jeanette is delighted to be part of the Iso Barre team.
Cara came to the very first Iso Barre class in 2011 and was hooked. Last year, she decided to take her love of Iso Barre to the next level and train as an instructor.
Previously Cara worked as a safety performance consultant, before becoming the communications officer for a small charity. She has always been interested in fitness, trying everything from step classes to kickboxing.
She says “I love Iso Barre because it has something to offer everyone; you don’t need to be super fit or incredibly co-ordinated, you just need to come for an hour and that time will help improve your posture, muscle tone and strength. It’s also an amazing community to be part of.”
Laura is a qualified personal trainer, nutritionist and health coach and is passionate about fitness and food. Laura’s aim is to inspire and motivate others to lead healthy lifestyles, to train smart, eat smart and be the best version of themselves!
More than just a job, Laura believes it’s a lifestyle choice which she hopes will encourage others to fulfil their goals. Laura has developed a personalised approach to her work and includes a variety of different training techniques to cater for all needs and to ensure good results and a sense of achievement.