Join the Club Pilates
The growing wellness trend has seen a Pilates studio pop up on every corner but as Deb Caruso discovers, they’re not all created equal.
The boom in popularity of Pilates is for good reason – it helps to increase flexibility, improve muscle endurance, reduce chronic pain and lessen anxiety and depression.
According to Club Pilates Noosa co-owner Danielle Gannan, Pilates is for everybody and every body, regardless of age, physical condition or availability.
“Our youngest member is 15 and our oldest is 79 and we have everyone in between,” she said. “While they might be seeking different outcomes, the common factor is a desire to be their best on a physical and mental level.”
Danielle and partner Alastair Snell bought Club Pilates Noosa just over 12 months ago after experiencing the benefits of membership at Club Pilates Sippy Downs.
Danielle was already passionate about Pilates having discovered the rehabilitation power which enabled her to return to tennis after being unable to play due to injury and avoid major surgery; Alastair having had a background in representative sport and sports administration, had seen how Pilates benefited elite athletes and coaches.
Both have worked in various business management and marketing based roles with Danielle owning her own business consulting to magazine Publishers and Distributors for over 24 years. They said there were several factors that attracted them to the Club Pilates model including the extensive array of equipment; the diverse range of classes on offer; plus well-qualified instructors who perform over 500 of hours of comprehensive training.
“You put all that together and you have a great package,” Danielle said.
In addition to private sessions, there are five different Reformer-based group Pilates classes complemented by equipment specially designed to build strength, mobility and stability. It’s like a playground for adults!
Club Pilates recognises people are at varying levels of fitness and experience so offer a range of classes with four levels: Foundation (1); Progression (1.5); Evolution (2); and Mastery (2.5). Level 2.5 is however not yet available in Australia.
INTRO CLASS (Lvl 1) is a free mini Reformer Flow class and the perfect way to experience Pilates with a 30-minute, full-body session with a trained instructor to introduce you to the state-of-the-art equipment, studio and workout. Once you’ve been introduced to the world of Pilates, you can choose from classes including:
REFORMER FLOW (Lvls 1, 1.5 & 2) strengthens and lengthens your body while taking balance and coordination to the next level using the Reformer, Mat, Springboard and more. No class is ever the same!
CARDIO SCUPLT (Lvls 1 & 1.5) is perfect for the cardio junkie who wants high-energy and low impact. The Jumpboard facilitates plyometric movement against customisable spring tension rather than gravity, creating an aerobic workout that’s joint friendly.
CENTRE+ BALANCE (Lvl 1) offers apparatus-assisted stretching with light movement and deep stretching to leave you feeling long, loose, and ready to take on whatever the day brings.
CONTROL (Lvl 1) is inspired by Joseph Pilates’ work with dancers and will sculpt legs and glutes to increase strength, balance, stability and control as you work the Springboard, Reformer, gliding discs, fitness ball, and weights.
RESTORE (Lvl 1) helps to massage and soothe sore muscles, releasing tension to restore and repair muscles and joints with a combination of Reformer movements and functionally programmed TriggerPoint™ therapy myofascial release. This signature class can regenerate the body, reduce muscle soreness, increase performance and reduce the risk of injury.
With a killer combination of classes, expert teachers in a friendly environment, why not join the Club?
EVERY BODY BENEFITS!
According to a medically-reviewed 2021 article on Healthline.com, here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of Pilates:
– increases core strength
– improves posture
– decreases back pain
– prevents injuries
– increases energy
– enhances body awareness
– decreases stress
– reduces menstrual pain
– improves flexibility and mobility
– improves balance
– boosts your immunity
– improves cognitive functioning
– can improve motivation
– improves your sex life
– enhances sports performance
– strengthens your bones
– boosts your mood
– improves sleep
– encourages playfulness