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Susie Black Fitness

Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Susie Black Fitness logo
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Susie Black Fitness

Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross

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I'm a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor with specialized qualifications in exercise for lower back pain management, postural stability and exercise referral from medical practitioners. My experience stretches over 11 years and I work with individuals, small and large groups of all ages.

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S
23 July 2018

Susie is a real enthusiast and I feel very fortunate to have come across her as a Pilates teacher.Your core is really important ladies and I definately feel the benefits of class. You won't find anyone better to teach you how. More...

J
23 July 2018

Just been going to Susie's class for a few weeks but feel very positive about her enthusiastic approach to pilates. . Her sense of humour keeps me motivated and encourages me to try a bit harder. I'm sure with her help and me doing my homework I'll become more flexible. Looking forward to the challenge. Her news letters are interesting and certainly make you think re life issues. Glad I got the opportunity to join the class More...

V
23 July 2018

Susie's Pilates classes are great fun! She designs programmes that everyone can complete whatever their ability. Susie knows when to help you so that you get the most from the programme in a relaxed and friendly way. At the end of a 6 week block I have a great sense of achievement as I can see how much I my fitness, flexibility and posture has improved. I highly recommend her for classes or one on one tuition. More...

M
23 July 2018

After a bad experience in a previous class I decided Pilates wasnt for me. But i joined Susie s class last November and I love it .
Susie makes us work hard in a fun and friendly way. She listens to everyone, caters for every ability. Thank you for enjoyable and very professional teaching.
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P
23 July 2018

Susie is so good at making you want to excercise! I always leave Pilates feeling better and more energised than when I arrived.
Her one to one sessions were great for getting me going after surgery too. She took time to listen (I am no athlete! ) and got me motivated;( and a year on I am doing more on my bike ).
Add to all this that she is full of fun, why would you not sign up
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A
23 July 2018

We love Suzie's keep fit classes and have been attending
for 5 years now at Keep the Glen's Fit in Strathardle twice a week. She knows exactly what we need to be doing and is always so considerate if we have had a recent injury.
We thoroughly recommend her classes to everyone! �
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C
23 July 2018

I attend Susie Black Pilates classes and find them most rewarding and enjoyable. Susie encourages us to push ourselves as much as we can to get the best results from the exercises, but at the same time tailors them to suit individuals who have various physical problems.
Susie has a lovely bubbly personality and is keen to pass on her knowledge and love of Pilates to us all.
I find everyone there very friendly and am happy to recommend Susie's Pilates classes to people of all ages.
Christine Eales
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E
23 July 2018

Susie is a truly gifted instructor! In the last 18 months my fitness and agility have increased immensely. .....to the point that I feel lost if I don't get my twice weekly 'fix' of Pilates. Thank you Susie for pushing me to try moves I never thought I could do. More...

A
23 July 2018

Susie has been looking after our local keep fit class for many years which has been brilliant. My husband and I have also both been to Susie for personal fitness - me to try and get some exercises for my lower back which is weak and Simon for his general body (he tends to give it a very hard time cycling, running and walking! ). Susie is unfailingly good humoured, very professional the way she looks after you and I can't fault the dedication she brings (not so keen on the pain - but I am a wimp!!) - the fact that so many people round here, know and use her abilities goes to show how much Susie is looked up to. More...

K
23 July 2018

I have only been with Susie a short while but already I am feeling the benefit of Pilates. Susie is so enthusiastic and encourages us all to go that little bit further to feel the benefits. Her great sense of humour makes exercise fun. Thanks Susie, just wish I could do those sit ups as smoothly as you would like! Don't give up on me yet! More...

E
23 July 2018

I have been going to Pilates classes run by Susie for several years. I wasn't sure it would be my thing but I was very wrong! Susie tailors my programme to suit my capabilities which helps me to fit in with the class. Susie has a great attitude and is very welcoming even if you have been missing for a while! More...

A
23 July 2018

I had heard good things about Susie Black and was seeking to up my core strengths and avoid back pain , I also need to keep up with my mad mountaineering wife but also beat her at tennis ! Susie is very positive and spots your weaknesses and before you know it you are having fun and also enjoying the benefits of palettes! Onwards and upwards ! More...

P
23 July 2018

I started at Susie's newbies Wednesday class in early spring along with a group of other ladies that knew they needed get moving! The discipline of the weekly class is great and we have all felt the benefit of it. Susie does start you off fairly gently but before you know it you are pushing yourself to do more! My mantra must be 'to do more homework' � More...

S
23 July 2018

Susie offers a really comprehensive range of classes and support so no matter what stage you are at there is something that will work for you. I attend the Tuesday 5.15 class, its fun, friendly and effective! Susie's enthusiasm and commitment to furthering her knowledge and training is reflected in the programmes she offers. Don't let anything hold you back, come along and try for yourself, I'm pretty sure that after your first session you will feel at ease, realise you can progress at your own pace and leave wanting more. More...

B
23 July 2018

Susie came highly recommended. More than 2 years following a Total Hip Replacement I was still struggling. Through one-to-one sessions she guided me through a rehabilitation programme. Her knowledge, experience, support & understanding of what I was going through, were invaluable to me, enabling me to achieve a remarkable recovery. I returned to cycling & got back to my beloved hills. I am now 8 months following a Hip Op for my other hip. I still use a number of exercises Susie taught me & remember her advice as I progress with my rehabilitation. I'm already back on my bike & have completed a number of great hill days. More...

K
23 July 2018

I started going to Pilates with Susie about 18 months ago and absolutely love it. She knows all of the people in the class and their individual difficulties or sore bits and adapts moves accordingly. My back can certainly tell if I've missed a week. The classes are small enough so you get the individual feedback needed to make progress and perfect the moves yet big enough so you feel part of a group. It's a great feeling when you manage to do a move you never thought was possible.
I couldn't recommend Susie Black enough. She's worked wonders for me.
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M
23 July 2018

We are a private group from Burrelton area and we started with Susie last October. A lot of the class had never done Pilates before and the rest had not done any for a long time. She started us off very gently and we were lulled into a false sense of security! Soon we were doing moves that we never thought possible and all felt the benefit from it. It was a fun class and we had a lot of laughs and banter. Susie loves what she does and that is reflected in the rapport she has with her pupils. She knows how to bring out the best in people even in a reluctant exerciser like me! We are busy with summer pursuits but our class will regroup with Susie in the autumn More...

C
23 July 2018

I joined Suzie's class in October 2015 when my previous Pilates instructor moved away. As with all changes it took a little time to get used to Suzie's style of teaching and sense of humour but I am very glad I stuck with it!
Suzie teaches in blocks which focus on different areas of the body or use a different piece of equipment. This means you can never get bored as you're always learning something new and challenging your body in a new way. It can be tough but then fitness levels are not going to improve by doing the same old, same old.
The great thing about Suzie having all the experience she has from her other fitness teaching is that no injury throws her. I've been dealing with a shoulder problem for several months but it isn't an excuse to sit out a class. Suzie will always know an alternative to keep you moving and active in the class.
Highly recommend these classes to mobilise us all and keep us moving forward in fitness.
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A
23 July 2018

I started seeing Susie approximately 9 months ago after realising that I needed a 'kick up the proverbial' to get myself in order. I had turned into a Couch potato, I felt unhealthy and extremely unfit, I was missing out on so many activities with my sons because I didnt want to hold them back. I knew that it was make or break time.
Initially I booked a one hour 1-1 appointment with Susie to discuss health issues, expectations and to take measurements, weight etc.. Because of my lack of fitness my confidence had taken a hammering so I booked a further couple of 1-1 sessions so that I could try different exercise routines in a safe environment and this also enabled Susie to work out how I could best incorporate exercise into my daily life .. She gave me plans that included the things I enjoyed, plans that were devised for me personally and if i didnt enjoy something then it got changed.
9 months ago I believed that I would always hate exercise, the thought of walking a couple of miles filled me with dread but with Susie's help, support and encouragement to try different classes and activities I m finding my Mojo is back, I now do my yoga plan at home most days, attend a pilates class and in the last 10 days have walked 61 miles and by Friday evening I will have completed the Cateran Trail .. I still cant believe it!
Meeting Susie, listening to and taking her advice has changed and will continue to change my life, My kids are proud of me, Im sure Susie is proud of me but best of all .. Im proud of me!. I feel healthier, fitter and happier :) Thank you Susie B, I really do appreciate you and everything you have done to help me reclaim my health and fitness x
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L
23 July 2018

I joined Susie's class about 6 months ago to try pilates for the first time. I have thoroughly enjoyed the classes, Susie's good humour and the company of class members. She has a flexible approach to the requirements of class members, for example, if someone is recovering from an injury.

Personally, it has helped my core strength and my balance. The classes are always fun and I would wholeheartedly recommend them.
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E
29 May 2018

Susie is a brilliant motivator and an excellent Pilates teacher. In the last 18 months my flexibility has increased immensely and I am now attempting moves I would have thought impossible at my age! I am lost without my two sessions a week - Susie and her classes keep me mobile! ! More...

L
29 May 2018

Susie did a great job helping my mum to get more mobile following several falls and a knee replacement operation. My mum had this to say about it: "In Susie's class I exercised muscles I didn't know I had, which was excellent. She taught me with enthusiastic encouragement, managing to tailor any exercise to my individual needs and capabilities. I have great pleasure in recommending Susie as an excellent teacher, one who enjoys her job and is understanding and helpful." More...

S
29 May 2018

Susie took time to listen to what I had to say about my current fitness, condition and what I wanted to achieve. She then observed my posture and fitness level, in order to draw up a program that would help me achieve my goal that would fit in with my lifestyle. Suise is there to motivate and help me progress to new levels as I reach my goals.Great trainer that has helped me keep mobile despite chronic back problems. More...

A
29 May 2018

Excellent. Despite my disappearing between November and May, Susie has cheerfully re-engaged with my desire to improve my physical fitness. It is of particular note that the mixed ability exercise group is so enjoyable. I have previously undertaken various classes, from the high-pressure and raucous high-impact aerobics of the 1990s in London to a more mindful Pilates in Perth in the early 2000s. My confidence was at (almost) rock bottom when I began a few weeks ago, but a combination of good teaching and humour has improved this beyond personal recognition. Even if I can't yet giggle and maintain my Yoga tree, I have high hopes of being able to do so, very soon. More...

P
29 May 2018

It is so important to keep moving and to keep working towards goals, but it can be difficult to maintain the motivation to keep going on your own. That is where Susie comes in. She is invariably positive and cheerful and always seems pleased to see you! When I started, I hoped that she would help me to maintain the fitness I had, but I have been pleased to see steady progress in lots of areas. I didn't think you could get fitter at my age!. The weekly small group session with Susie is really helpful to me and I would not like to give it up.I always feel better for it and I am very grateful for all of the help Susie has given me. More...

P
29 May 2018

I have attended Susie's pilates class since I retired over 5 years ago. As well as taking a very professional approach her classes are fun, relaxed and friendly and my back problems have improved greatly. Each programme is tailored to meet the needs of individuals within the class while at the same time she gets the best out of everyone. I certainly have a great sense of achievement at the end of each block. I cannot recommend her enough. She is an excellent instructor. More...

G
29 May 2018

Susie is a fantastic Pilates instructor. Her classes are lively but she is always considerate of individual abilities and helps everyone improve form and technique at an achievable pace. I would highly recommend Susie for experienced Pilates enthusiasts or anyone looking to start with the basics, whether you want to join a group class or have 1-2-1 support. More...

R
29 May 2018

If you want to be challenged and have fun, whilst striving for that improved core strength, then Susie could be the one for you. Her knowledge and enthusiasm are a stimulating combination! More...

G
29 May 2018

I came to Susie with a joint problem. She tailored a Pilates exercise programme for me, making sure each week that I was following it properly and gradually adding to it as I improved. The atmosphere of the class was one of fun and sometimes great hilarity. Combined with a weekly newsletter, dietary suggestions and a variety of classes on offer, Susie Black Fitness is the place to be! More...

E
29 May 2018

really enjoy Susie's Pilates class. started in January and feel I am making good progress. although I only do 1 class per week I feel stronger and more supple. class numbers are restricted allowing Susie to ensure we are all doing the exercises correctly and motivates us to try harder but still within our limits as we are a fairly mixed group age wise. she is always able to show us an alternative should anybody be struggling perhaps with a specific problem. really enjoying working with resistance bands which have added an extra dimension to the workout. definitely glad I picked this class. Elsie Bowe More...

J
27 June 2017

I have been attending Susie's Keep-fit classes at Bridge of Cally for over 5 years now and thoroughly enjoy her classes. We have two classes per week, Tuesday's are aerobics and toning and Thursday's are circuit based. We all benefit from Susie's knowledge and expertise and consequentially we attract quite an age range with various capabilities. Please come and join us and see what she can do for you! More...

P
26 June 2017

Susie is a great teacher - fun to work with yet determined to make us reach our goals. Having done Pilates before I was a bit sceptical due to an ongoing injury but Susie is very cognisant of one's capabilities and always suggests an alternative if someone has any painful areas. She is excellent at encouraging us to progress yet aware that we all have different levels of fitness. I love her firm yet fun & knowledgable approach - the hour passes all too quickly - although sometimes my legs don't think so!! More...

K
21 June 2017

I have been attending Susie's Pilates classes for a few years now. I enjoy the friendly classes and find them very enjoyable. Susie changes the program about every six weeks which means we are then starting a new set of exercises, No time to get bored. They help me stay supple and maintain my core strength. All levels are catered for and I would definitely recommend joining them to anyone who is interested. More...

N
21 June 2017

really enjoy Susie's Pilates class. started in January and feel I am making good progress. although I only do 1 class per week I feel stronger and more supple. class numbers are restricted allowing Susie to ensure we are all doing the exercises correctly and motivates us to try harder but still within our limits as we are a fairly mixed group age wise. she is always able to show us an alternative should anybody be struggling perhaps with a specific problem. really enjoying working with resistance bands which have added an extra dimension to the workout. definitely glad I picked this class. Elsie Bowe More...

J
21 June 2017

‘Enjoy Good Health’ is the title of Susie’s newsletter and she certainly helps you do that. Initially we had a 1 : 1 session and I was amazed at how sharp and detailed her analysis was. Such knowledge and expertise! I joined her small group class for a few weeks with individual programmes tailored for each person’s specific needs. This really helped with strength, toning and confidence.

Soon I was ready for more. Pilates with Susie was the choice. Newbies and aficionados alike are encouraged to make personal progress under Susie’s watchful eye. Sometimes, the challenge is to hold the stretch whilst laughing.

Great exercises combined with Susie’s catching energy and vivacious enthusiasm make for brilliant sessions.
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Taking the time to plan correctly has major benefits for me and my clients. I know their abilities and problem areas so I can push them harder sooner. I can anticipate when they're going to need that little extra help and intervene with a well timed text in between sessions. I can preempt the moment when we have to deal with a failure and ensure we get straight back on track. I can build a programme that will definitely test them but they will definitely manage, definitely enjoy and definitely continue. Long Term. That's more rewarding for us both.

Clients come to me to improve their health . If weight management is part of this we will plan and execute specific diet goals. The body of my dreams is the body that lets me achieve what I want, regardless of shape, weight or size.

I've been working in the fitness industry for almost 12 years now. I can't believe it's been this long, as with all good things in life it's just passed in a flash.

I love seeing transformations with clients and helping them maintain their dedication to their health.
I think because many of the people who come to me have specific rehabilitation or fitness goals to meet they are definitely the group most committed to change and usually the ones with the most to lose from not taking action.
Sometimes these clients will be working through pain and this can be worrisome, especially when niggling aches have led to much greater problems in the past.
What I see, when nobody else does, is that many people who start 1:1 with me will then join other group classes for long term maintenance. I think a lot of my classes may now be made up from people who have originally asked for help to deal with a specific injury or issue. I feel fortunate to have had a little one to one time with many of my class members. It certainly makes the teaching easier and more effective.

I wanted to take control over my client base and training pathway which I couldn't do with the local authority company I worked with.

I'm established, professional, qualified and experienced.

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