Meet The Teacher

Fiona O'Dwyer

Fiona O'Dwyer,

Galway Pilates Teacher

My Story...

Back in the 1990s, I worked at a gym based in Chelsea, London as a body pump PT, ahead of becoming a studio manager. During this time, I suffered a back injury, and I was encouraged to take a Pilates class. The impact was incredible; after just two sessions, my back was better, and my abs started to become toned as well. From that moment I was hooked and decided to become a qualified Pilates teacher.

Returning to Galway in 1999, there were only three gyms in the city, none of which offered Pilates. There was little knowledge of its benefits, or even what it was, but soon that changed. I started to run classes of my own and the exercise, after a couple of years, started to really catch on, with many other Personal Trainers starting to train in Pilates as well. Now, over 20 years later, Pilates is an established exercise for men and women across Galway, and it always brings me joy seeing others get the same benefits I experienced when I was younger and continue to enjoy now.

To read more about how Pilates works and its benefits,

take a look at my About Pilates page.


2022 QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland):

Level 6 Exercise and Fitness Distinction

Level 6 Health Promotion Distinction

Level 6 Sports Nutrition Distinction

Level 6 Sports Psychology Merit

Level 6 Work Experience Distinction

2022 ITEC:

Level 2 Award in Strength and Conditioning

Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention for Sport and Fitness

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training Distinction

Level 3 in Pilates Teaching Distinction

1997 ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council UK) – Teaching Dip-in Aerobic Exercise

1997 NCEHS (National College of Exercise and Health Studies) – National Certification in Exercise and Health Studies and Step Aerobics

1999 FITPRO Certification in Studio Coordination

2000 Michael Kings Pilates Institute UK Certificate in Pilates Mat Work – Beginners to Advanced

2002 Michael Kings Pilates Institute UK Certificate in Pilates Reformer

2006 Polestar Pilates UK Certificate in Pilates Fitness Principles and Level 1 and 2 Mat Work

Contact Me

Contact me if you have any questions about what I can help you with, or to arrange your first session. You can also schedule a call with me here.

Whether you are living with lower back pain, menopause, or just want to improve your mobility, my Pilates sessions and personal training can be tailored to your precise needs, whatever they may be, in-person in Galway or online.