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The Power of Pilates – Mikey’s Story

Today’s Power of Pilates story is about a relatively new member, Mikey who’s been with us for around 6 months. Like many males we have here in the studio, Mikey does a lot of work at the gym, and has been battling previous injuries, which has lead him to Pilates Connection on recommendation from his physio.

Read more below to see how ongoing Pilates is helping improve Mikey’s form and the gym, and reduce his chance of injury.

Pilates Connection Member – Mikey, 30 something from Lane Cove

What were your main reasons for starting Pilates?

I had previous injuries and had been seeing a physio who recommended Pilates as a great way to avoid repeat injuries and aid in my rehab. Also I enjoy the gym a lot and am always curious to learn new techniques in relation to health and fitness

How long have you been doing Pilates?

Since July 2019.

What made you choose Pilates Connection? 

Originally the location was ideal for me as it is a stones throw away from where I live. However the reason I have stayed on is the team. It’s a fun friendly environment and they are all invested in their clients. They tailor my program for every session depending on how my body is feeling that day. Also due to the smaller nature of the classes I feel I get a great deal of one on one time which is important to me.

How has Pilates helped you?

I have a much better mind body connection, I’ve taken a lot of what I have learnt from Pilates to my sessions in the gym which has improved my form and strength (and reduced injuries) immensely. I’ve also been able to tackle any new ailments that pop up with the team and really nip them in the bud before they turn serious.

What’s your favourite exercise or piece of equipment?

I enjoy everything I’ve tried thus far and am amazed that there are new exercises thrown at me nearly every session. In saying that I do have a soft spot for the reformer especially when doing leg work. There have been a few times where I have class and felt every step back up to my apartment!

Here’s the links to our other Member’s stories:

Philip’s Story 

Jane’s Story 2

Rowena’s Story

Tom’s Story

Gerald’s Story

Paul’s Story

Jane’s Story

Ran’s Story

Liz’s Story

Clinical Pilates Vs Regular Pilates – What’s the difference?

With the huge explosion in popularity for Pilates worldwide, there seems to be new studios regularly popping up on every corner. The same can be said for our local Lane Cove area, with locals spoilt for choice when it comes to the variety of Pilates classes on offer.

Whether classes are offered as part of a gym membership, in a local community space, or in a  purpose built studio, there is a class for everyone – but what is the difference between these classes, and which is best for you?

Essentially it depends on what you’re trying to get out of Pilates. If you’re fit and healthy, and are happy to work in larger groups with minimal individual instruction, then a gym solution may be fine. If however you are new to Pilates, or have any specific imbalances or past / current injuries, then a more tailored program with a small teacher to student ratio is recommended.

You may also hear people use the term “clinical Pilates”, which is often run by Physiotherapists, and other highly qualified trainers. This is the sort of Pilates that we offer here at Pilates Connection, where we also hold the highest level of Pilates training certification as a member of the professional body, The Pilates Alliance of Australasia. Whilst we don’t diagnose injuries or conditions, we do work alongside many healthcare professionals to develop injury management and rehabilitation programs for the individual.

Ongoing staff training and development is key to our success here at Pilates Connection.  One of our core instructors, Larissa is a trained Physiotherapist, whilst Owner and Instructor Liane is a fully qualified Pilates Instructor and a certified Structural Integration Practitioner. This may give you a better understanding as to why we’re continually analysing movement patterns and restrictions before prescribing exercises to address any recognised imbalances or specific conditions or pathologies.

Here’s a quick look at the core differences between Clinical Pilates and Regular Pilates (larger group classes on the mat or reformer):

5 Reasons You Will Love Pilates Connection Jumpboard Reformer Classes

Reformer jump board

Since introducing Pilates Reformer Classes, it has become quite apparent that our Jumpboard Pilates Reformer Classes are one of the most popular classes. If you have never taken a Jumpboard Reformer Class you and your legs are missing out. The jumpboard is a padded plate that replaces the foot bar on the reformer and provides an excellent and non-weight bearing method to increase heart rate. The Jumpboard workout is safe and much easier on the joints than running. There is no jarring of the knee joints.

 

  1. Low Impact

    You are “jumping” while lying down. The low impact exercise gives you the aerobic benefit of a rebounder while protecting your knees and back from the jarring impact of landing.
  2. Abs

    Yes, using the jumpboard is a great abdominal workout. Your abdominals need to work overtime on a light spring setting.

  3. Calorie Burn

    This is the class where you will feel the burn. You can control the intensity.

  4. Exercise While Lying Down

    We would like to say this will be the most fun you have lying down, but you may not agree with this. However the non-weight bearing method is excellent for those who have knee and ankle issues.

  5. Get Your Heart Rate Up

    It’s a cardio work out so your heart rate will increase!! Now how many workouts lying down do you get your heart rate up?

 

If you would like to try the Jumpboard Reformer Class, the first class is free. We think you will love it. Book online here.