Pilates is a method of exercises designed to strengthen and tone the body with low impact on joints. It is a great workout for those with injuries, back pain or wanting to improve their posture and balance.
In Wollongong, there are a variety of pilates classes to choose from ranging in intensity, style and price. For those looking for something a little different, FitTech Studios offer EMS workouts (Electro Muscular Stimulation). This is a 20 minute class that is said to be as effective as 3 hours of regular exercise. The studio is located at G6/132 Corrimal Street, Wollongong.
If you are looking for a more clinical approach to your pilates, head to Phytness HealthCare for a consultation with a physiotherapist. They will complete a full clinical assessment and prescribe techniques or exercises you can perform at home, in between clinic based treatment sessions.
Phytness also offer small group pilates sessions which are led by a physiotherapist and aimed at clients with specific injuries or goals. The groups are kept small to allow for much interaction and feedback as you go through your exercise regime.
For those looking for a more yoga based approach to their pilates, Younga Yoga offers Vinyasa style classes. These classes use a flow of poses which are linked together to create an all over body workout. During the class, you will focus on breath work and a strong core to help with flexibility.
Reformer based pilates is where it all started for this form of exercise. The reformer is a machine with inbuilt weight loaded springs that allows you to move in multiple planes of motion while strengthening and opening your body. Reformer classes are available at a number of different locations throughout the city including at the Physiotherapy Practice and in the Wollongong CBD.
If you are new to pilates, a Beginners Level 1 class is recommended. This will teach you the basics and how to get the most out of the equipment. For those who are more experienced, a Flow and Burn class may be more suitable as it will incorporate cardio movements with some strength training. If you are in the peri-menopausal or menopausal stages, then the Pause class is perfect for you as it is specifically geared towards women at this time. This class aims to support, exercise and educate women on how to achieve their best body through Pilates at this unique stage in life. pilates in wollongong