I am not the fittest person around (okay yes I admit it I puff walking up hills). I am also a slumper and a mouth breather!! My posture is atrocious and has got worse as I spend hours on the keyboard.
Last year I met Liane Geeves from Pilates Connection. She was demonstrating Pilates at the Lane Cove Shopping Night. She asked me to come up and try out Pilates. I was interested. After all, being an avid magazine reader, I had continually read that Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson owe their bodies to Pilates. If it is good enough for them, it is good enough for me.
So late last year I started doing some Pilates classes, it was a great time to start, as Pilates Connection, had just moved into larger premises and had installed some state of the art equipment. I have to admit that when I first walked into the studio I was sure that the machines looked like something out of the 50 Shades of Grey Playroom, but I can assure you they are defiantly not and it is all PG rated and quite fun.
I was amazed how quickly Liane was able to work out my lifestyle and posture issues. She noticed that I was very hyper mobile and that I probably tripped over all the time. She was 100% correct, if a surface is uneven – I will trip.
We started doing exercises designed to strengthen my posture and my core. Everyone talks about core but I really did not understand why it is so important. Liane explained that the core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported.
Pilates also involves concentrating on your breathing. I found that I was mostly breathing through my mouth and only taking shallow breathes (no wonder I sound sexy on the phone – which I have to say does lead to disappointment when you meet me!!). By doing Pilates I was learning to breath through my nose. I also found that after an hour of Pilates I felt less stressed.
One of the benefits of Pilates, is that you do not have to be extremely fit to try it out. It is a workout regime for all ages. Liane explained to me that building core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.
I enjoyed it so much that I decided that in 2015 I would try a Pilates Reformer Class. I actually was lucky enough to try the class out with seven other ITC Facebook Fans and it was a really fun session. I was amazed that I could sweat so much when it appeared that I was just laying down on a machine but by gosh I was really working out. (Sorry Mum for using the word sweat – my mum always says Horse Sweat, Men Perspire and Ladies Glow).
At Pilates Connection they have small studio sessions, reformer group classes and Ubarre Pilates .
Small Group Sessions
Max 4 Clients to I instruction (60 mins)
The Studio sessions are a tailored service suitable for adults of any age and ability, from the super fit to those rehabilitating or new to exercise.
All clients enter the Studio program via a fifty minute initial consultation. You’ll be given a postural assessment to help identify any area of musculoskeletal imbalance and they will discuss any specific conditions and goals that you may have. You will be introduced to the basics of the Pilates method, ensuring you are working correctly from day one.
Max 8 clients to 1 instructor (50 mins)
These classes offer an up beat dynamic group workout covering a vast range of traditional Pilates repetore on the Reformer, Jump Board and Tower.
This highly effective full body challenge delivers an intense workout designed to stretch, strengthen and tone like no other form of training.
Pilates Connection expert team of professional Pilates instructors will guide you through a 50 minutes session of body sculpting fun, ensuring you are connecting correctly and getting the maximum out of every exercise.
Pilates Connection offers a variety of Pilates Reformer group classes, Reformer for Golfers, Reformer Booty Buster, Reformer Team Challenge, Reformer Jump Board, Man Up on the Reformer and Reformer Tower to mention a few, but we suggest newbies start with a few Reformer Basics Classes.
Max 8 clients to 1 instructor (50 Mins)
Hot in from the LA, this group class is a fabulous hybrid of Pilates meets a workout at the ballet barre and truly is the uber Pilates group class experience.
Focusing on bums, tums and thighs, with a healthy portion of arm work to address the much feared bingo arms. Ubarre Pilates is sculpting, upbeat fun and very addictive. Pilates Connection small class sizes allows the professional Pilates instructors to ensure that you are working correctly from day one.
This class is suitable for the fit, healthy and uninjured who aren’t afraid of a little hard work.
So if you want to increase your flexibility, posture and core Pilates may be the exercise for you. ITC is going to have another class for ITC fans in March, however you can come along anytime and try out either the Reformer Class or Ubarre Class for free.
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Lane Cove NSW 2066
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