60 seconds with Sarah Coombes
“Callanetics changed my life. I want to help it change yours for the better too.”


Callanetics works all areas of the body: upper body, legs, hips, bum, stomach and the pelvic floor muscles. Stretching is an important part of the class and each one ends with physical and mental relaxation. Callanetics uses a unique pulsing method to work the muscles, doesn’t use any equipment other than a ballet barre. There is no jumping or jerking, it is totally non-impact, but the results are astounding. Sarah works on engaging the natural intelligence of your body.

Sarah Coombes teaches Canalletics at Danceworks on Saturdays 10-11am
To find out more, visit her teacher page and her YouTube.


Which 3 words best describe you? 

Stubborn, loyal, kind.   

Why did you choose to teach Callanetics?          

Because it works. I used to train as a gymnast, a lot, and stopped due to injuries. Then many years later I discovered I have hypermobility syndrome. Post training I found most exercise too painful, or I just fell over! I came to Callanetics as a form of rehabilitation, the results in pain management and body toning were so dramatic I learnt to teach it. Initially I used my Grandma’s copy the first Callanetics book ’10 Years Younger in 10 hours’.

What keeps you motivated?

Seeing my clients gain back control of and confidence in their bodies, seeing them get relief from injury and loosing inches….and more inches. Everyone’s body is different and responds differently to exercise, I find this fascinating. Callanetics can always be modified to suit the person, never a dull or (over) easy moment. 

At 40 years old, and post baby, everything is still pointing in the right direction thanks to Callanetics. Phew.

Sarah coombes              

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s happened in one of your classes? 

I couldn’t possibly say. Client confidentiality is important. Closing ones mouth is as important as “closing ones flower” during certain exercises.


What piece of advice would you give to your 16 years old self  ?      

Trust yourself. Enjoy more work less.  

What are your top three things on your bucket list?     

Perfect channelling my inner Lord sugar. Almost there.
Go to Petra, Jordan (without the tourists) and Tobago (with the turtles).
Become an energy healer, sans mung beans.   

If you could choose any person in the world to have dinner with who would it be and why?        

Marvin Gaye. An incredible human being ahead of his time politically, musically and spiritually. He would need to bring dessert though.  #cantbakewontbake

What is the most important thing you have to do every day?         

Look after my gorgeous daughter. BIG love.

What is the biggest goal in your life you haven’t achieved yet?

Being a park ranger in Yosemite then staying in San Francisco where (geographically) I once left my heart.  

What super-power would you choose?       

Flying. Anywhere, especially Space. With super light retractable pink wings and an    invisible on/off switch. But returning to my home town London. Technically I’m a true cockney.