About Me


The Karen Ingram Academy works with people to enable them to become confident and skilled Pilates and Nordic Walking Instructors. The Academy combines teacher training with business skills training and offers mentoring and support throughout the journey. We want you to be able to share your passion for what you love to do and to have it based on a solid business foundation. Our aim is to:

"Move people to believe they can do it! By teaching them to be great Pilates teachers, to run successful businesses and to move without pain"

Karen Ingram is a movement teacher, working with people to train the body the way it was designed to move, in a way that brings joy and energy to the movements we make in everyday life.  Karen is a best selling author, an Instructor, Trainer and International Presenter of Pilates and Nordic Walking. She is the co-founder of Barefoot Studio, Wales’ leading Pilates studio and has taught since 2001.

Karen is a Master Instructor for Peak Pilates and a REPs level 4 Lower Back Pain specialist. She has trained in both classical and modern Pilates and originally certified with Body Control Pilates. Karen is also passionate about Nordic Walking and is an INWA National Trainer, delivering Instructor courses throughout the UK for British Nordic Walking. 

Karen's Journey

“In my early 20’s I had surgery on my lower back for two prolapsed discs. From my mid 20’s to mid 30’s I was constantly struggling with pain and frequently literally floored by it. I was on the waiting list for a second back operation, which I did not want. Eventually, I came across Pilates, and my journey back to health began. I began to enjoy moving again.

Fast forward 15 years. Today I love to ski, hike, windsurf, run, travel and walk my dog for miles. Nordic Walking taught me to walk actively and use my body correctly and my Pilates practice keeps me whole, well and strong. I’m fitter now at 50 than I ever was in my 20’s. I’ve learnt so much from my experience and I love to share this knowledge with other people.”


Peak Pilates | CIMSPA | YMCA Awards | REPs | INWA | British Nordic Walking