Flex Yourself Fit’s Story


This year Catherine is completing an International Massage Diploma, which she will soon be able to offer as a complimentary service to her Pilates Classes.


This year Catherine launched Pregnancy Pilates classes at You Massage Therapy, as well as private pregnancy classes in the comfort of your home or at Exclusive Rehabiltation & Sports Performances new clinic in Bitterne. By the end of the year, Catherine also hopes to be running Exercise Referral Circuit classes and taking on regular referrals from local GP Surgeries making the most of her Exercise Referral Qualification.


In March Catherine taught her first class at ERSP for a small donation, which has since become a regular session on a Wednesday evening 7-8pm. Towards the end of March, she started to run two classes a week the other being at Itchen College in their new studio on a Friday evening 6:30-7:30 pm. In her spare time, Catherine worked on a 1:2:1 or 2:2:1 basis with clients that prefer a more personalised programme. This included two Multiple Sclerosis clients as well as clients undergoing sports rehabilitation. Catherine also taught several classes with the Men’s Senior Squad at Southampton University Boat Club to aid sports performance and improve flexibility and core strength, which benefited their rowing technique and performance. Catherine continued studying to become a Level 3 Specialist Pilates Instructor gaining knowledge in common orthopaedic conditions & antenatal exercise. In December 2017 she qualified as an Exercise Referral Specialist, enabling her to receive GP and other health professional referrals.


In February 2016 Catherine enrolled on to the School of Pilates with Future Fit Training. In October 2016 Catherine started practising teaching Pilates with her friends at her home for free to build up her confidence in teaching. Catherine also ran several free classes at BTC Rowing Club to practice and hone her skills on her fellow rowing friends.

In June Catherine sat her final Pilates practical exam and become a qualified Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor.

Meet Catherine Ziemann (Formerly Hume)

Catherine is the face behind Flex Yourself Fit. She participated in the sport of rowing from the age of 12 and considered it a huge part of her life, racing most weekends throughout the summer and training 5-6 days a week. Naturally, this, however, took a toll on her body so she was referred to a sports therapist and encouraged to try Pilates. It was through benefiting from Pilates first hand that inspired her to become an instructor. She had witnessed first hand how Pilates could correct muscular imbalances and improve your posture. She also found Pilates significantly improved her rowing by increasing her core strength and stability as well as her flexibility.

A quote from Catherine

“I am really passionate about Pilates and strongly believe it has the power to change everyone. Through low impact Pilates exercises you can correct your posture, build strength and increase your stamina, flexibility and balance. I strongly recommend Pilates to anyone currently having regular sports massages as a complementary treatment and to anyone that suffers from bad posture or that sits at a desk all day long.”

 What my clients say…

“I am really enjoying my Pilates sessions. Cat is warm and welcoming and knows how far to push me. It has really improved my balance, posture and muscle strength. I am so impressed how much fitter I feel after just doing it for two months. I am hooked and love it!”

— Stephanie, Southampton

“I have a very fast metabolism and have always struggled to stay a healthy weight and fitness level. But, since taking Pilates with Cat over the last four months, I can honestly say I have never felt so fit. Cat is understanding and considerate, and her classes are great fun. She knows how far she can push you and listens when you tell her what you want out of the class.

I ride horses, and Cat has been incredibly open-minded and has done a brilliant job of adapting her classes to suit my needs. She is enthusiastic about the potential of learning something new herself! Since doing Pilates with Cat, I have never felt so confident with my body, I feel much more able to push myself further with my horse riding and I am finally maintaining a healthy weight. Thanks Cat!”

— Emily, Southampton

 “I absolutely hate any form of exercise but making the decision to join this Pilates group was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! After suffering with lower back pain for months after giving birth and only being to class for two weeks I can already feel the benefits! I’m sleeping better, my posture has improved tenfold and that lower back pain is slowly disappearing!! I am recommending it to everyone!”

— Maxine, Southampton