Pilates Instructors

Gillian Foks -  Member Pilates Institute of Australia  - Level 3 Instructor

 For all enquiries   E-mail: abfabpilates@gmail.com

The Pilates Studio— Warragul

 Qualified to teach  -

Level 1,2 and 3 Mat / Level 1 and 2 Reformer / Level 1 Ball / Arc Barrel / Foam roller / Wunda Chair / Pregnancy / Cadillac


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Gillian is both a qualified school and dance teacher and has worked in primary, secondary and  tertiary institutions both in the dance and education fields.  She has been involved in  the dance industry for 60 years as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator and  lecturer. Her interest  in Pilates started as she realised the benefits for her dancers and also experienced these benefits for herself. Retiring from Dance Teaching, but still wanting to be involved in physical fitness, lead to her desire to expand her knowledge of the  Pilates method and to her decision to qualify to teach this form of exercise, which she is now passionate about. Her dream was to establish a studio in the heart of town and this has been achieved with the establishment of The Pilates Studio and she has now been making a difference in the lives of many people, at the Studio, for over 16 years. She is still passionate about this amazing system and plans to continue working in her own life and those of others for as long as she is able to.

She is delighted to be joined by younger , qualified instructors this year and hopes to expand classes at the studio offering varying focus. Exciting times.


Adriana Costa  - Brazilian qualifications as a Studio Instructor

                                 Certificate IV in Pilates—Tensegrity Training


Teaching—Mat / Small Equipment /all large studio equipment

Adriana, is from Brazil, where she graduated in Physical Education and has over 20 years experience in that field. She is also an International Belly dance teacher, having performed in many Middle Eastern countries. Adriana qualified as a Pilates Instructor in Brazil and is certified on studio equipment including chair, barrel, reformer , wall unit and Cadillac. Previously she taught mat in Bahrain and Thailand and moved to Australia in 2014 to Traralgon, where she teaches at present. 

She is completing her Certificate 1V with Tensegrity Training to upgrade her skills and to refine her teaching.  Her focus is to help people to improve their fitness level and mind-body connection through movement. She believes that when we become more mindful of and present in each body movement it can enhance awareness, creating proper control and correct form leading to an improved lifestyle for longer. She has been attending the studio as a client and we now welcome her as an instructor and  her vibrant personality, calm approach  and worldly experience will be an asset to the clients and the studio.

Shari Ward  - Trained through Studio Pilates International

Teaching—Mat from  Beginners to Advanced 

                                           - Small Equipment including small balls and circle

Shari has been in the fitness industry for 7 years teaching Zumba, step aerobics, water aerobics & older adults classes. There came a time when she felt it was time  to get away from the high intensity & high impact classes.

Shari always wanted to teach Pilates but couldn’t afford it but  she came across Studio Pilates International , where she found she could train stage by stage, which seemed more achievable & affordable. So she started her Pilates Instructor journey 2 years ago and is loving every minute of it.

Her goals would be to continue to build on her Pilates knowledge & complete further  Pilates courses.

In the past 2 years she has worked with lots of clients both young & old, with health conditions & injuries. The positive feedback from clients , who having improved their core strength & flexibility and now have less pain or no pain anymore has shown her what a rewarding career Pilates Instructing is.

She  also speaks from personal experience finding that Pilates is very beneficial for improving posture while strengthening the core muscles helping with back pain & knee pain by strengthening the abdominals & gluteals. 

We welcome Shari to the Studio, with her confident and enthusiastic approach and trust  that her goals may continue to be reached.