Pilates vs. Pilates – how to choose the right type of class for you

With so many Pilates options out there these days, it can be tricky to choose which is best for you. Do you get more benefit from the personal attention of a Private class? Or do you work harder with the energy and flow of a group atmsophere?


Both are right and each style has its benefits. The trick is finding which is the best class for you, depending on your personality, your body and your schedule.

For example, if you are new to pilates but have regularly exercised before and are fairly in touch with your body, you might find the flow and structure of a group class gets you right on track. You are used to listening and watching for instructions and you know when to stop if something doesn’t feel right. As always, the more feedback you can get from a teacher, the better your form (and therefore the benefits) so choose a class with a well-trained instructor and a small class size (less than 10 is perfect).


If you are new to pilates but have a sore back (or knee, or neck, or shoulder, or little toe…….we’ve seen everything!) then a group class may not be your best choice. Some Pilates exercises can be harmful if you’ve not yet learned how to manage your injury in different positions.  This is where the studio work is for you! You can work just as hard, on all parts of the body, but your knowledgable instructor will know how to choose and modify exercises so they are safe and effective in a personalised way.

Conditions such as a weakened pelvic floor, or a lower back disc injury or joint strain, don’t cope well with some of the common positions and challenges in the Pilates floor repertoire. In the studio environment, a private class is always going to give you top results (it’s like a personal trainer, a physical therapist and a boot camp teacher all in one) but semi-private sessions make this individualized approach to pilates more affordable and allow you to attend more regularly. Look for groups of no more than 3 or 4 and individually directed sessions where the teacher is with you the whole time.

So, here’s a few pointers……

– the smaller the class the more individual correction you’ll get

– the better your form, the more you’ll benefit

– your enjoyment factor is important! Stick to groups if you love the atmosphere of working in a group. Stick to privates if you love, love, love having that one-on-one attention

– respect your body. If you are recovering from an injury or managing a condition, stick to classes where your current limits are respected and accommodated

– consistency is the key! Finding a balance of classes that suit your timetable and budget will give you the best results over time

There are many teachers, studios and classes out there so if you’re still confused, ask for advice. Any teacher should be able to advise a class or combination that works for you and your budget.




Conference photos

October 22-25 was our escape to the wonderful world of non-stop Pilates at the Pilates Alliance Austalasia conference 2015. We always work hard, think hard (and ok, let’s be honest – party a little bit too). It’s a great chance for us to hang out as instructors and friends and to reenergise ourself with the fabulosity energy of Pilates enthusiasts from all over the country. Not to mention the Pilates experts from all over the world! This year the   leading presenters were Chris Robinson from San Diego, New Yorker Brooke Siler, Dr. Joseh Muscolino and Sean Gallagher. All from a Classical Pilates background, and with direct links to Joe Pilates and his first generation of teachers, the presenters were inspiring and informative. We teasered, we jackknifed, we horsebacked, we swanned and we 100s-ed. Oh, did we 100s-ed. Here’s a few photos of what we got up to!












Foot-lates in the studio

Our feet can get a bit neglected in Winter! Hidden in socks and shoved in shoes for much of the day. We often don’t give them a thought ……… until Pilates 🙂 In the studio, we love to look after feet. Apart from the fact that it feels really good to give your feet some TLC, we know the feet are an important factor in the way you walk, stand, step and hold your posture. Joe Pilates understood the importance of this crucial link in our biomechanical chain, and many of his exercises incorportate working the feet with specific alignment, activation and coordination required of the toes, feet and ankles. Some of his lesser known inventions were the Toe Corrector and Foot Corrector! And more recent inventions from physical therapies and sport science have been gladly incorporated into modern Pilates practice such as therabands, spikey balls, swivel discs and wobble boards.

Our latest additions to the studio toe-toys are the Foot Corrector and the Functional Foot Plates. The Foot Corrector strengthens the toes, arch and ankle with a series of specific exercises, and can be used to inform and train correct foot patterning for gait (walking). The Functional Foot Plates help you find centered alignment over your legs and pelvis, assisting posture and facilitating the best possible action of external and internal rotation of the hips (turn-out and pigeon-toed). The repertoire on these gadgets is small, but effective, and focused repetition at the beginning of every class over a number of weeks can make a huge difference if these are areas you need to work on 🙂

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Insipiration from the weekend!

As teachers we often have Pilates-filled weekends with training, courses and conferences. On Saturday Anita and I spent the day at PITC headquarters in Sydney, for some studio training as a host site for students. Here’s some pics of what we got up to! photo 2(3) photo 1(3) photo 2(2) photo 1(2) IMG_1814 IMG_6410 IMG_1312Not content with just one full day of hard work, I also spent Sunday helping out on the Polestar course in Brisbane, in my role as a Mentor. It’s great to see another hardworking and dedicated group moving through the course this year! I find it very rewarding to share knowledge with those who are just starting out on their journey, and even as an experienced teacher I always learn something. The Educator on this course, Dav Cohen, is a wonderfully inspiring teacher, and his thoughts on movements which can calm or energise your body were a great little take-home from this day that I’ll be putting into practice this week 🙂

Enjoy the first week of Winter everyone!


Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our International Pilates Day celebrations! It was a fantastic morning, with not a drop of rain, but instead constant warming sunshine and a steady stream of happy faces enjoying their classes and tasty treats. Check out our photos below! We couldn’t have done it without the collaboration and support from the following people, and we thank you wholeheartedly for jumping on board our Movement Market.

Thanks to…..

Leanne and all the team at Thousand Island Dressing who kindly let us use their carpark

The lovely girls from Kiss the Berry for their amazing Açaí Bowl samples

Paris and her helpers from My Plate Clean Treats for her super tasty raw and baked clean treats

The Hrvst St Juice girls for their refreshing (and slightly addictive!) cold pressed juices

Jenny for the fantastic examples of healthy snacks you can whip up with a Thermomix. Click here for recipes from the day.

And lastly our awesome team of staff! Leanne, Bintan, Sarah, Monique, Jacqui, Emma and our two assistants Samantha and Sharon. What a great way to celebrate the movement method that we love, with so many eager bodies, some regulars at our studio and some completely new to Pilates, enjoying the feeling of moving well and improving their health.

If you came along and enjoyed the markets, please visit the pages above and show your support for our stall holders. And if you enjoyed your Pilates experience, we’d love to welcome you into the studio on a regular basis! We have extra appointment times available this week for anyone who wants to book an initial consultation, and our group classes as always have a two for one trial offer for only $24.

Thanks for supporting Pilates Day 2015.

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This Saturday is Pilates Day….but what’s it all about?

You may have seen that we’re celebrating International Pilates Day on May 2nd at the studio. But what exactly are we celebrating? Well, many of you will agree that the feeling you get after a Pilates session is worth celebrating enough – the tingle of your spine, the buzz of your muscles having worked in symphony, the deep warmth in your belly, the freedom in your chest. But where does this come from? What makes Pilates unique? 

Without going too much into the detailed history (click here for that – the best explanation ever), Joe Pilates invented the exercises as part of a method he called Contrology. He used the best of all the body methods he had tried (gymnastics, martial arts, circus, boxing, yoga) and his deep knowledge of anatomy to develop exercises that took the body through its natural movement patterns, in a way that encouraged good posture, breathing and above all, concentration. 

From the outside, Pilates exercises may not look like much. But the point of focus, the connection of mind and body and the thought process that engages your muscles correctly is what gives Pilates its kick. It’s what makes it a meditation as much as an exercise method, and what allows it to be adapted as equally to injuries and rehab as it does to elite sports conditioning. 

Hooked? We are. Pilates makes your body feel good and move better. If you haven’t tried it, come along to our free classes this Saturday. 

Here’s the list of classes you can enjoy. Book yourself in, and tell a friend!

Scroll down for class descriptions. Click the class name to go straight to make a booking, or try your luck by just turning up on the day. 

8.00am-8.25am TRX Taster
8.15am-8.35am Kids Pilates
8.30am-8.55am Pilates for Osteoporosis
8.45am-9.25am Pilates
9.00am-9.25am TRX Taster
9.30am-10.15am Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates
10.20am-11am Pilates
10.30am-10.55am TRX Taster
11.20am-11.50am Athletic Mat
11.25am-11.45am Stretch and Mobilization

Pilates  All bodies welcome! Enjoy a full Pilates workout with this general 40min mat class. Suitable for beginners with challenges offered for more experienced Pilates lovers. Get moving for Pilates Day!

Kids Pilates  Pilates kids are healthy kids! Let your little ones join in the fun with this 25min taster class especially for Pilates Day. They’ll love bending and stretching, mermaiding and elephanting as they work their way through a series of fun physical challenges. Suitable for ages 4-12.

Pilates for Osteoporosis  Great for strength, posture and balance! Suitable for osteoporosis and particularly targeted at building bone mass and preventing falls, this 25min class will introduce you to both mat and studio exercises that are safe for osteoporosis. A free class just for Pilates Day.

Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates  Pregnant bodies love Pilates 🙂 And new mums love it too! Experience a full 45min class for free on Pilates Day, with multiple teachers on hand to assist and guide you as you work safely for a healthy pregnancy and recovery. Suitable for all stages of pregnancy and from 6 weeks postpartum (Doctor’s clearance for exercise recommended for all women attending).

Athletic Mat  Used to working your body hard? This class is for you! Experience the benefits that Pilates can add to your sport or exercise routine, working on core strength, alignment, posture and a balanced muscular system while exploring some of the more complex Pilates exercises. A special Pilates Day one-off!
Stretch and Mobilization   Pilates lengthens and tones, but sometimes you just need to stretch! Join us for a 20min stretch session to end the morning, incorporating stretches and Pilates exercises to release the whole body, leaving you energised and balanced for the weekend.

Moving into the Blogosphere!

Our little pilates studio in Brisbane, Australia has been drumming along for 4.5 years now, and it’s time to spread the love further! We have so much to share! Ideas on movement, health, wellness and all things Pilates. We’ll be sharing interesting articles, inspiration from the pilates world, and of course a bit of fun stuff too. Stay tuned for our first post 🙂