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 Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Pilates instructors. Starting with a 1:1 appointment then moving to small groups of 4:1, you’ll quickly improve your fitness and wellbeing. These classes are a part of our PERFORMANCE service – meaning you can try Studio alongside our Reformer and Strength and Conditioning classes.

Prior to attending Studio Pilates, an initial assessment is highly recommended but not compulsory. This is a 1:1 appointment taken by a Physiotherapist or and Exercise Physiologist. 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.

Health Benefits:

    • Improved core strength and stability
    • Improved coordination, posture and balance
    • Increased flexibility
    • Increased bone density
    • Enhancing muscle control
    • Injury rehabilitation
    • Injury prevention
    • Improved total body muscle tone and activation

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 Assessment

Initial Studio Pilates Assessments are conducted by our Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology team 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 communicate to our team and discuss a suitable Pilates program for you to complete during your group classes.

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.

1:1 Private Session

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.

Classes 4:1

After an initial assessment, our integrated team will work together to make sure the exercises prescribed work towards your health and fitness goals. 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.

New To Pilates?

What to Expect?

We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to fill out our initial client form. Your initial appointment will take place in one of our Curtained private rooms. After this, you will be taken out into our Studio Pilates gym space to learn how to use our equipment. Please be aware that there may be other clients in the studio working with our other therapists at the time of your assessment.

What to Wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and easily.

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). 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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