Mercedes is an old soul – wise beyond her years – with a kind heart and a determination to inspire.
Physique’s very own creator has been working in the fitness industry for almost a decade since retiring as a professional ballet dancer. Her previous career spanned over 10 years and saw her perform internationally with various renowned ballet companies such as English National Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet and Zurich Ballet. Before that Mercedes was studying at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and won a Gold Medal at the International Ballet Championships in Switzerland amongst many other awards so dance and fitness has always been in her bones and she has followed her passion ever since.
Being naturally drawn to movement, Mercedes always knew that she would continue working with the body in some capacity after finishing her dancing career. She was especially drawn to Pilates and Yoga for the physical but more importantly mental benefits after long hours of rehearsals, performing and touring. It was a natural progression for her to complete her teacher training in Hatha Vinyasa Yoga (spending some time in Thailand) as well as her Pregnancy Yoga qualifications.
She also enjoys teaching ballet to children (gaining a Diploma in Classical Ballet, Modern and Contemporary Dance) and barre to adults; which she believes is the ultimate form of strength conditioning for most athletes.
Mercedes classes are unique as she fuses different style to get results. She does not believe in practising only one specific exercise routine but a balanced intelligent combination which she always delivers in her classes be it Barre, Yoga, Body Sculpt or Pregnancy Yoga – she will make sure to move and work your entire body, leaving you feeling stronger, taller more flexible and agile. Her focus is helping people to move with greater strength, grace and understanding – to be ready to take on whatever challenges life throws at us.
She is a big believer in the connection between body and mind – as well as nutrition – and it is her goal to share this understanding with all her clients to help them find their own way towards a healthier lifestyle.
Before solely concentrating on her goal of opening Physique, Mercedes taught at the Notting Hill Ballet School (following the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum) as well as in many renowned Fitness/ Yoga Studios all across London where she was able to create a loyal following of clients that have been training with her every since their first class, as well has having the opportunity to work with other incredible teachers and sports specialists which she is delighted to share with you
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