Oliver Giving

Owner & Head Instructor

Oliver discovered Pilates as many of his students do: through injury. But found himself and his calling through his practice. 

A purveyor of an active life, Oliver’s experience with therapeutic movement began in 1999 with Yoga. For 15 years he maintained a disciplined daily practice, teaching Yoga for 5 of these years. 

In 2009, after running a half marathon, Oliver was stricken with tendinitis in one of his knees; which forced him to seek medical attention. 

A firm believer that an active lifestyle is the most natural lifestyle for us to live as humans, removing activity was out of the question. However, a visit to a physiotherapist opened his eyes to a humbling fact: the muscles surrounding his knees weren’t strong enough to withstand the amount of running he had been doing, so something had to change. 

His physiotherapist recommended strength training as a solution; which set Oliver down a new path. 

After finding a personal trainer, he began strength training. He loved the feeling of getting stronger, and his tendinitis didn’t return. But injury would strike him once again. This time affecting both of his arms. A direct result of the weights he had been lifting. It was here that Oliver found Pilates, after a friend suggested it to him. 

Within a short time of starting Pilates classes, Oliver’s arms were back to normal; which gave him tremendous respect for the fitness system. 

After two years of taking classes, he enrolled in the Advanced Teacher Training Program at Pilates from the Centre in North Vancouver. There he trained under the watchful eyes of Matilda Christensen, Veronica McClurg and Katherine Denham. He completed the 950-hour program in June of 2015—though he logged closer to 1,200 hours.

What started a recommendation from a caring friend, transformed into a calling. He built Tone Pilates with a mission: to help people unlock their true physical potential and gain mastery over their body as he had. He believes what Pilates brings to the table is 100% positive. To him, “there’s a kind of magic to it.” He considers it a gift to be able to share that magic with his community and be an active part of the Pilates movement.