A very warm welcome from Becki, Carmela, Stuart and Jeff, the team at Pilates in the Nordic.
We offer Nordic Walking and Pilates classes in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. Our Nordic Walking and Pilates activities vary from Wellbeing and Healthy Backs classes, through to Intermediate Pilates Mat work and Workout Walks. Our activities page, and Pilates only page provides a full list of what is on offer.
Whichever class you attend you can be guaranteed a huge smile and warm welcome, with clients and the team regularly enjoying a cuppa at the end.
More information about the team is below.
Becki Stevenson – Pilates and Nordic Walking Instructor
In May 2016 I moved to a smallholding in Carmarthenshire. As someone who has always enjoyed the outdoor lifestyle, wildlife, and open spaces it was the perfect move for our family and we love our new way of life.
My journey to teaching pilates and Nordic Walking started in 2005 after I had a back injury which required me to have an operation. I discovered Pilates as an important part of my recovery, and It was because of my own experience of the benefits of this amazing form of exercise that I trained as an instructor with Body Control Pilates in 2009, and as a specialist for the Rehabilitation of Lower Back Pain in 2012.
As I have always enjoyed being outdoors I quickly looked for a form of exercise that would compliment the pilates classes I already taught, but would get me outside in the fresh air. I found Nordic Walking and was blown away by how effective it was physically and how it made me smile. I quickly made the decision to become an instructor for Nordic walking UK and completed my training to become a delivery partner in 2011.
I am passionate about using exercise to help people to improve their general wellbeing and reduce the chance of pain or injury. I maintain small class sizes which enables me to ensure that each person is achieving their personal goals.
For my own continued professional development I attend regular courses and twice weekly Pilates classes to expand and update my skills. At the end of 2016 I also joined the Nordic Walking UK Tutor team.
Stuart Anderson – Nordic Walk Leader
Hi my Name is Stuart Anderson and I live in Llanelli with my wife Ann, we have two grown up son’s Lee and Craig, Ann and I have been married for 47 years.
In 2013 I retired from work, and I also retired after spending thirty years in the Air Training Corps where I attained the rank of Squadron Leader, in my working life I was a Health and Safety trainer employed by TATA Steel in Port Talbot works, and during my time in the Air Training Corps I had several roles as a Squadron commander and moving onto becoming a Wing Staff officer with responsibilities for Sport, This meant arranging sports venues and transport to get cadets from all over South West Wales to participate and go on to represent their Wing at the next level at RAF Cosford in the West Midlands.
I have been volunteering at Dinefwr for two years, and I volunteer with the volunteering officer doing behind the scene admin, and because of my previous experience in work as a trainer, I also carry out the majority of staff and volunteer training.
Our volunteering officer at the National Trust told us about a Nordic Walking taster session that was being arranged at Dinefwr, both my wife and myself signed up and thoroughly enjoyed it and signed up to do the learn to Nordic Walk, which we both enjoyed and completed the course. I have gone onto train as a walk leader, I have always enjoyed walking, as I used to organise the Black Mountain March in the Ammanford area, and regularly completed a 25K walk, but Nordic Walking gives you a better workout through the upper body as well as the legs, I only wish I would have started Nordic Walking sooner.
Jeff Jenions – Nordic Walk Leader
My name is Jeff Jenions and I am a Nordic Walk Leader.
I retired in 2014 and after enjoying a few months doing very little I decided that for my sanity as well as my waist line I should get up and do something. I decided that volunteering would de a good way to get me out of the house and doing something useful. The National Trust was having a volunteer recruiting drive, so I volunteered and ended up at my local National Trust property and am now part of the Volunteer Support Team. I have been volunteering since 2015.
In September 2016 the property embarked on a partnership with Becki Stevenson to encourage more outdoor activity use of the extensive estate that is Dinefwr Park. A group of volunteers were roped in the try a Nordic Walking taster, to see if the scheme would work. I was one of the group thinking what could be simpler than going for stroll with a couple of sticks in your hands. Well I was wrong on both counts, this was neither a stroll nor simple. By the time we were finished I felt muscles that I didn’t even think I had and surprised by how technical an activity it was. However I was hooked, so I then completed the 4 week Learn to Nordic Walk course to get my Freedom Passport.
The experiment at Dinefwr has been a resounding success and the number of classes has grown to such an extent that it became clear that Becki could be overwhelmed. I then trained to be a Walk Leader so that Becki can concentrate on the walks that need her level of expertise. I lead one of the Adventure Walks, and a Photography Walk. What better way to have fun, learn a skill and get fit.
Carmela Jones – Nordic Walking Instructor
On retiring from a stressful, mostly desk-bound job I gave myself time to consider what would appeal to me and where new directions would lead. Six months hadn’t passed before I discovered Nordic Walking and have been amazed at the change in my fitness level and new-found energy and strength. Not only that, I have found fabulous new friends from a wealth of different backgrounds. From here I decided to take the plunge and become an instructor for NWUK. I would encourage anyone who wants to get a bit, or a lot more active, to join me on one of my sessions (the Tasters are FREE). It’s completely up to you how far you want to take it, literally! In the process, you can be assured that you will have fun and meet your personal goals in the best gym of all – the great outdoors!