Allan Menezes – Pioneer of Pilates in the Souther Hemisphere
Allan Menezes is one of the foremost Pilates Trainers in the world. With over 30 years experience teaching Pilates, he has created the Menezes Method of Pilates. This style has been recognised as a “step beyond Pilates’ in its approach to theory, bio-mechanics and rehabilitation of the method.
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Allan Menezes was born and finished his schooling in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was awarded a scholarship to attend the last year of
high school in the USA, then went to the UK to complete a degree equivalent in Travel and Tourism. He then moved to Canada to
finish a BAdmin and then to the University of Surry to complete a Masters of Science as well as achieve a Graduate Certificate
from the British Institute of Marketing.
While studying in Canada (1979-1982), Allan injured his back in a rugby game - a deliberate kick to the lower back. The injury
was so severe that he lay in a hospital bed for ten days. For the following two years Menezes attended almost every different practitioner
he could think of who would have some hope of alleviating the pain without any luck.
1982: First discovered Pilates in London in 1982 while completing his thesis for his Masters. He trained at the Alan Herdman
Studios. Alan Herdman is one of the Master Teachers of the Method who introduced Pilates into the UK.
1986: Established the first Pilates studio in the southern hemisphere with the Body Control Pilates Studios in Sydney, Australia,
using his Athletic Pilates™ System.
1992: Became a founding member of the Institute for the Pilates Method of Santa Fé, New Mexico, USA, (now the PhysicalMind
Institute) and one of two non-Americans on its Education Advisory Board. Successfully completed the Institute’s Pilates
Teacher Training Program.
Also on the initial working Committee to establish the APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association).
1994: After setting up 2 more Sydney studios, established the first true franchise of a Pilates studio with branches in Parramatta
and Wellington, New Zealand.
1996: Founded the Pilates Institute of Australasia to cater for the growing demand for quality training and to provide accredited
workshops and courses in the Pilates Method. This was the only Pilates training available in the Australia at the time.
1998: Pioneer of the Gyrotonics Method in Australia, Trained in New York.
1999: Wrote the bestseller, “The Complete Guide to the Pilates Method”. This book is a basis of, not only specifics in Pilates
movement, but also for physical rehabilitation. The book was used by the Institute for the Pilates Method (USA) and the Pilates
Institute UK (no connection) as a manual for their Trainee Instructors. It was also used as an exercise prescription manual for the
Degree course in Osteopathy at the University of Western Sydney.
1999: Produced 5 Videos on the Pilates Method
a) Selected to write the modules for the Floor and Reformer for the Fitness Industry by SRTA (Sports Recreation Training Australia).
b) The book ( Complete Guide) was printed in the USA in 2000 and in a second edition in 2004 under the title, “The Complete
Guide to Joseph H. Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. From back pain to muscle conditioning” .
2005: Produced 13 DVDs on Pilates including Pilates equipment. The largest range of Pilates DVDs by any Australian company
2009: “Complete Guide” published in Spanish. Developing the Revolution Reformer® - a new design in Pilates Reformers
2010: Opened a new studio in Chatswood, NSW specializing on personal Pilates training for back, neck and other conditions
Allan also lectures and presents papers nationally and internationally (Sports Medicine Conference, Gotenburg May 2007.
Body Mind Expo, California April 2010). He also conducts workshops and instructor training courses worldwide.
A new book, “Menezes Method—A Step Beyond Pilates” will be out in 2012 as well as more DVDs
Menezes has also worked with Weight Watchers Australia, Flora Margarine, Clarins and other companies to produce Pilates
DVDs and materials for promotional purposes. He has also trained the gym staff in Menezes Pilates on site at the Hilton Maldives
Spa and Resort, Army Fitness Instructors and Rugby League Strength and Conditioning coaches amongst others.
Allan is considered one of the most innovative thinkers in Pilates today, constantly modifying and enhancing the method to make it
more effective and safer for people around the world.