A pilates instructor in Chiswick was thrilled to be awarded the best class in west London title, by a local online mum's magazine.
Rachel Lawrence Pilates, on Belmont Road, Chiswick, who traded a career in television to become a fitness teacher, was named as the best pilates class by the West London Mum Live.Love.Local awards.
The awards were introduced to remind people what makes west London great and residents were asked to nominate their favourite places to go, businesses and people in the community.
Ms Lawrence, who trained in California, said: “I’m not only flattered, I’m astounded. I didn’t even know I was in the running!
"Turning my back on a well-paid career was a big risk but I knew I wanted a healthier, more holistic lifestyle.
“I wanted to learn from the world’s leading pilates practitioners, so that I could bring the best of that knowledge back to west London.
"There are lots of pilates classes in the area so to be voted the best class of all is wonderful. A huge thank you to my inspirational clients.”
One member of the pilates class, Kate, said: "I have always hated exercise classes and have tended to steer clear of them, but I was persuaded that pilates was different, and it is!
"The controlled and precise movements and accompanying breathing that Rachel so expertly teaches have already made a noticeable difference to my body.
"I feel stronger and more in control, and I have discovered muscles I hadn’t even known were there."