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Pilates and SUP Pilates Instructor Sophy

Pilates & Sup-Pilates Instructor

Sophy Aykroyd is a qualified L3 Pilates Instructor and has 20+ years experience teaching mat and equipment Pilates. She is based in South West London where she has her own private client base and specialises in health, fitness and rehabilitation.

In 2013 a private client asked if she’d like to participate in a SUP marathon to raise money for Colon cancer. She agreed, did the training, completed 26 miles on a paddleboard and was absolutely hooked. She qualified as an ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) L1 SUP instructor and combined her two passions of Pilates & Paddleboarding to create SUP-Pilates which she introduced to the London waterways in 2014.

Originally trained as an actor/dancer, Sophy appeared in the West End, UK and European productions appearing in The Rocky Horror Show, Buddy Holly, Hair and many more.

Since 2014 Sophy has been leading SUP sessions on the waterways of London and is at the forefront of developing and delivering SUP-Pilates on the River Thames. She holds a range of SUP qualifications and is leading the ASI SUP-Pilates course.


  • Guildford School of Acting & Dance: 3 yr Acting Diploma

  • Pilates Training Solutions: YMCA/CYQ L3 Pilates Matwork

  • Pilates Training Solutions: Pilates Studio Equipment

  • Pilates Institue: Matwork and Reformer

  • Pilates Institue: Pregnancy and Pilates

  • Ten Health & Fitness: Dynamic Reformer

  • Fitness Pilates Training: Matwork

  • Group X Training: Freestyle Fitness Yoga Instructor

  • Fitness Instructor; YMCA Exercise to Music

  • ASI Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor: Level 1,2& Technical Coach

  • ASI Master Trainer: SUP/SUP-Pilates

  • ASI Water Safety Rescue Award

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