Studio Pilates

What is Studio Pilates?

Studio Pilates is how Pilates was traditionally taught, prior to group reformer classes becoming incredibly popular. In a Studio Pilates class, you’ll workout on all the Pilates studio equipment (yes, there’s more than just the reformer in a Pilates studio!) and have an individualised exercise program.

At Forge, our Studio Pilates class is a fusion of traditional Pilates with the additional element of clinical rehabilitative knowledge delivered by our highly trained Pilates instructors. Starting with a 1:1 appointment then moving to small groups of 4:1, you’ll quickly improve your fitness and wellbeing.

Prior to attending Studio Pilates, an initial assessment is compulsory. This is a 1:1 appointment taken by a comprehensively trained Pilates Instructor. The appointment ensures you get the most out of your Pilates experience at Forge, allowing us to fully understand your goals, fitness levels and previous injury history so an appropriate exercise program can be designed.

This service is suitable for all ages and abilities, injuries, chronic conditions and life circumstances.

How can Pilates help?

Pilates was originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th century following the principles of Contrology, focusing on improving movement, strength and control. The method showed astounding benefits for fitness, bodily function and awareness, as well as immunity and mental health.

Every body is different and Pilates is a movement modality that caters for this, with a wide variety of exercises and exercise modifications. Pilates improves muscle activation and functional movements as well as develops, body awareness, strength and coordination. In addition to the health and fitness benefits, Pilates draws attention to body posture. Not just optimal postural alignment but also identifying postural faults that can be corrected with specific exercises.

In order to attain maximum benefits from Pilates, the exercises need to be performed with accuracy and precision. Because of this, we keep our Pilates classes small (maximum of 4) to ensure you work with close eyes on form and technique. We also recommend a private one-on-one class for a start your Pilates journey.

By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits:

  • Improved core strength and stability
  • Improved coordination, posture and balance
  • Improved total body muscle tone and activation, including in the abdominals, lower back, hips and buttocks
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased bone density
  • Enhancing muscle control
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Injury prevention

The Pilates Studio at Forge 

The Pilates equipment used at Forge is from the world leading provider – Balanced Body. The equipment we use includes the Cadillac, WundaChair, Reformers, Ladder Barrel, Arc Barrels and other small Pilates equipment. Balanced Body provides the most safe, effective and beautiful Pilates equipment in the industry. This equipment is a true favourite of Pilates practitioners worldwide and certainly is our absolute favourite!

*Studio Pilates is not claimable under Private Health

Initial Studio Pilates Assessment

Initial Studio Pilates Assessments are conducted by our highly trained Pilates instructors and are 60 minutes. Several different tests will be completed to allow our instructors to correctly identify key areas of concern, fitness goals and health and wellness circumstances. From this information, we design an individualised Pilates program to complete during group classes or 1:1 sessions. Upon request, this assessment can be conducted by a Forge Physiotherapist.

Real Time Ultrasound

During your initial assessment, our practitioner will use a real-time ultrasound to observe the activation and endurance of your transverse abdominus and pelvic floor muscles. This activation is not visible from the outside of the body. The ultrasound will let you visually see your core activation that is sometimes hard to feel and learn. This activation is a fundamental principle in Pilates and will help with getting maximum results from your classes.

Studio Pilates Private 1:1

To see quick results and fast improvement in your Pilates practice, we recommend 1:1 sessions. In a private lesson you get a greater opportunity to learn how your body moves, teach body awareness and the key principles of Pilates.

Studio Pilates Classes 4:1

After an initial assessment, your Pilates Instructor will write you an individualised Studio Pilates program specifically designed to address your health and fitness goals. Your Pilates Instructor will guide you through this program during a Studio Pilates class. Quality of service is of upmost importance to us which is why our classes have a maximum of 4 clients. Whether you’re new to Pilates, are recently injured, working on rehabilitation or looking to improve your general fitness, these classes will be suitable for you.

Ante and Post Natal Pilates

Our Studio Pilates classes are perfect for all stages of pregnancy. With highly educated practitioners, who all have extensive experience with ante and post natal Pilates, you will have a Pilates program specific to your needs, regardless of the stage of pregnancy or fitness level. An initial assessment by a Forge Physiotherapist is required prior to starting Pilates with Forge. You will also require clearance from your GP.


What to Expect

We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to fill out our initial client form. At forge, we use IPad for our client registration forms however if you prefer to use paper to fill out your details please let our Receptionist know. You can also speed up this process by downloading our Forge Pilates App of the App or Android store and fill out your details here.

What to Wear

Please wear soft and comfortable clothing that allow you to move freely and easily. During your assessment, you will be in the private room with a Physiotherapist. After this, you will be taken out into our Pilates gym to learn how to use our equipment. Forge provides you with a towel however we require that all our clients wear socks whilst using the equipment. Please be aware that there may be other clients in the studio working with our other therapists at the time of your assessment.

Bookings and Payments

Bookings can be made by our ‘Book Online’ tab on our website. You can also download our Forge Pilates App and book here. Please select the appointment you would prefer either Initial Clinical Pilates Assessment (60mins) or the Initial Reformer Assessment (30mins). If you prefer to speak to someone and discuss your options please call us on (07) 3844 0686 or visit our studio during reception hours.

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