If you are looking to transform your shape, Pilates is the workout you need in your life. Proven to build a strong core, create long lean muscle, improve posture and strengthen pelvic floor, Pilates is an excellent workout for both men and women, of all ages, abilities and physical conditions. Touted by some of the world’s biggest supermodels as their go-to when preparing for the runway, it is the ultimate all over body workout. And if the toned torsos of Jennifer Hawkins, Adriana Lima and Karlie Kloss are anything to go by, then I’ll have what she’s having!
Transforming bodies one class at time is Pure Moves, a boutique Pilates studio located in the central shopping precinct of Cottesloe. I recently road tested a series of private and group classes at Pure Moves and although I’m still waiting for my offer to join the Victoria’s Secret Angels, the results have been phenomenal.
Pure Moves offers a range of Mat and Reformer Pilates, Xtend Barre, Power Plate, TRX and Yoga classes, designed to suit those of all abilities, levels and schedules. Situated upstairs at Cottesloe Central Shopping Centre, the space at Pure Moves is calming and welcoming. Understated hues of birch, white and hints of their signature purple adorn the studio, where regulars and newbies move about with ease, chatting to instructors and preparing for their class.
I recently deviated from my usual weekly Reformer Pilates class to try out the Total Pilates Pack. Perfect for beginners or those new to the studio, the Total Pilates Pack is only $149 and includes 1 private session and any 4 classes from the timetable.
Private Pilates sessions are a great place to start for those new to the world of Pilates as they allow for a specific program to be designed based on your individual goals and needs. These classes are great for understanding how your body moves in a Pilates setting and for instructors to determine if there are any sticky spots to focus on. For me, sitting at a desk means super tight glutes and a pretty stiff back so stretching and strengthening is something I need to work on, as well as improving general posture. We started the session with a little massage on these spots using trigger massage balls followed by a series of exercises and stretches on the Cadillac and Pilates Chair, specifically targeted to my tight and sore spots.
Feeling great after my one-on-one class, I swiftly booked in for a week of different classes at Pure Moves. Next on the list for me was a Power Plate session. These 30-minute classes are perfect for those who are time poor and want to pack in a short but effective workout. Traditional exercises such as planking, lunges, squats and push-ups are performed on a Power Plate machine where different muscle groups are stimulated by a vibrating platform. The constant muscle action is so effective that I seriously felt the burn the next day!
After my Power Plate session I was definitely ready for a good stretch, so my next class couldn’t come soon enough. Pilates Mat: Roll and Release. An absolute must-try for anyone who sits at a desk all day, this class is designed to amp up the usual workout of a mat class, with the added core challenge of a foam roller, and boy is it a killer! The class also incorporates stretchy bands to add resistance to leg exercises and toning balls to release super tight muscles.
For a bit of mid-week cardio, I jumped into an Xtend Barre class. This dance and Pilates fusion class is designed to get the heart pumping and those muscles shaking, Xtend Barre works every part of the body, sculpting long, lean muscle. What I love about Xtend Barre is the combination of cardio and toning, it is the ultimate all-in-one for a killer body!
I rounded off my week at Pure Moves with a Reformer Pilates session. One of my favourite workouts, Reformer Pilates involves a variety of exercises performed on a spring-loaded Reformer bed. The intensity of each exercise is controlled by the amount of springs you load up with and is another great all over body workout. Pure Moves cater for all levels with both a Basic and Open Reformer option on the timetable.
With the New Year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to kick start new health and wellness habits. If you’ve never tried Pilates before and are looking to make, visit the team at Pure Moves. Your body will love you for it.
Cottesloe Central Shopping Centre
460 Stirling Highway, Cottesloe WA 6011
08 6161 7591