“The thing about Pilates is that it works.

“Two years ago I first walked into Pilates Central in Islington. It suited me – a bad-back sufferer – because it was barely used and I could drop in at short notice and be guaranteed a berth to do my exercises.

“Now the studio is packed, often with more men than women. What unites us is that we are all there for medical reasons – from bad backs to whiplash injuries – with vanity being a lower priority.

“The thing about Pilates is that it works. Like my studio mates, I’m saving the health service a fortune…”