A NEW LOOK FOR PURE MOVES + PILATES TO BURN SOME SERIOUS CALORIES

They say change is as good as a holiday and personally, I like nothing like a little spruce up to keep things fresh. So you can imagine my delight when I waltzed into my Pilates haven, Pure Moves recently. The Cottesloe studio that once sported that iconic purple wall, has debuted a sleek new look with a pared back modern, minimalist style, giving the space an exclusive, luxe studio feel. The renovations included a brand new lounge area for clients to relax in pre or post class, a redesigned reception area, plenty of lush greenery and stunning finishes including modern hanging pendant lights and, my personal favourite, matte black sink and tap ware in the kitchen. The redesign has given the studio more of a unisex feel and has really given the space an amazing lift.

Inspired by the beautiful new fit-out at Pure Moves, and feeling very uninspired by the volume of hot cross buns and chocolate consumed last weekend, I checked into Pure Moves for a post-Easter blitz. I’ve rounded up some of the best classes to schedule in if you’re looking to work up a serious sweat.

Athletic Reformer
Some smart cookie took my favourite Pilates workout and (somehow) made it better. Athletic Reformer is everything you love about the spring loaded resistance workout, but at a higher intensity to really get the heart rate going! I love Reformer because it strengthens and lengthens muscles without adding bulk, and Athletic Reformer takes it to a whole new level with a series of exercises that burn more calories and sculpt the body faster. I jumped into a 6am class and it was the perfect way to wake my body up and get ready for the day. Highly recommend!


TRX
A sure fire way to get your muscles (and metabolism) going is with a TRX class. This workout focuses on suspension training and the movements of the body while, well…suspended. Designed to work core muscles and increase strength, TRX at Pure Moves is a 45 minute class that is over before you know it and the results are almost instantaneous. I particularly felt the burn in my legs, until the next day when my core decided to kick in and my abs ignited. There is nothing like that all over body soreness after an amazing workout.

Boxilates
This game changer combines good old fashioned boxing with a toning Pilates mat class. It’s interval style training at its best which improves cardio fitness, strength and works the core, arms and back. This is a great class that is suitable for all fitness levels. Pure Moves offer three Boxilates classes per week, 8.30am Wednesday, 6.15pm Thursday and 6am Friday.

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GET A MOVE ON: PILATES REDEFINED AT PURE MOVES

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.

Image courtesy of Pure Moves

Image courtesy of Pure Moves

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.

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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!

Image courtesy of Pure Moves

Image courtesy of Pure Moves

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!

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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.

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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.

View the timetable here.

Pure Moves
Shop 31-36A
Cottesloe Central Shopping Centre
460 Stirling Highway, Cottesloe WA 6011
08 6161 7591

Email | info@puremoves.com.au
Web | www.puremoves.com.au
Facebook | facebook.com/puremoves
Instagram | @puremoves

Luxury wellness hub in the historic heart of Perth

Inner city yoga studios are opening just about everywhere these days, offering city slickers the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the 9-5 with some conveniently located zen. New on the list for Perth is COMO Shambhala Urban Escape… 

COMO Shambhala Urban Escape is centrally located in historic heart of Perth at the newly restored State Buildings which, gave the eastern end of the Perth CBD a new lease on life on opening late last year. Part of the State Buildings restoration saw COMO Hotels open the (luxurious) doors to their first Australian property, COMO The Treasury, which is now home to this stunning wellness sanctuary.

COMO Shambhala Urban Escape comprises two blissful locations, the spa, which is tucked away in the hotel, and the wellness studio, fronting St Georges Terrace at the southern end of the State Buildings. Both are open to the public offering sublime spa and beauty treatments (trust me…) and holistic yoga, pilates, fitness and mindfulness.

Christina Ong, owner of COMO Hotels and Resorts, opened the first COMO Shambhala retreat at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos. There are now over seven COMO Shambhala locations worldwide including the residential retreat in Bali and Urban Escape in Singapore.

COMO Shambhala follows a healthy living philosophy that takes its inspiration from mythological roots: in ancient Buddhist texts, ‘Shambhala’ refers to a sacred place of bliss.

COMO Shambhala proposes that such tranquillity need not to be found in any specific location but with the right tools, it can be discovered within oneself, by exploring body, mind and spirit.

– COMO Shambhala

Stepping off St Georges Terrace and into the wellness center is like entering into another world, the hum of traffic and city life melts into the background as a wave of calm just washes over you. The contemporary luxe studio is simply stunning, with travertine floors throughout reception, beautiful white floor length curtains in the yoga room and stylishly appointed bathrooms (complete with COMO Shambhala amenities), you’ll never want to leave.

Extend your post-Vinyasa bliss with a visit to Post restaurant upstairs and dine on the COMO Shambhala cuisine. Hot tip: the “real toast” is to die for!

COMO Shambhala Urban Escape
1 Cathedral Ave Perth | Open daily | +61 8 6168 7878
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Rebekah Davey’s Lithe Fit & Toned Nutrition and Lifestyle Program

Is it just me or is everyone feeling a little bit of information overload these days? In a wellness-saturated world, it’s hard to know what choices you should be making when it comes to your health, fitness and nutrition.  Every second post on my social media feeds include green smoothies, kale and early morning Yoga practice. I hear of people completely cutting out food groups such as gluten and sugar, participating in juice cleanses, jumping into 35 degree heat to practice Bikram Yoga and fasting for 2 days of every week.

So what is the answer? How can we achieve the lean, toned physique that we all want while still making sure our bodies are getting enough fuel and nutrients?

I’d like to introduce you to Rebekah Davy’s Lithe Fit and Toned Nutrition and Lifestyle Program. This is a lifestyle transformation and comes complete with nutritional plans and workouts to help you achieve whatever your goals are and support you along the way. And the best part is, it’s actually achievable! Unlike so many health and fitness trends, you won’t be left starving or trying to chew through kilos of kale.

Rebekah Davy is a Melbourne girl with a passion for health and fitness. The professional ballerina, personal trainer, nutrition coach AND gymnastics coach has spent most of her life living and breathing health and fitness, so she knows what your body needs to perform at its best.

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Once you’ve signed up for Rebekah Davey’s Lithe Fit and Toned Nutrition and Lifestyle Program, you’ll receive a whopping PDF file absolutely teeming with information. Print it out. Put it in a folder and get ready to consult this on a daily basis! The program starts with the basics. Rebekah helps you set goals and encourages you to document your progress in a journal. I got myself a Moleskine Wellness Journal and absolutely love it, it’s the perfect place to record all my nutrition and fitness as well as tracking my progress.

Following this, Rebekah goes through absolutely everything you need to know in regards to nutrition and exercise to help you get the most out of the program. From tips and tricks on the best time of day to exercise (which is first thing in the morning) through to the best fat burning snacks – Rebekah leaves no stone unturned in making sure you’ve got all the information you need to be making the right food and lifestyle choices. This includes sample daily routines, information on food that will provide you with the most energy and vitality. You’ll also learn about foods to avoid, portion sizes and a comprehensive shopping list to get your pantry in tiptop shape before you start!

Rebekah has also provided you with a whole section of delicious and healthy recipes as well as sample exercises for you to follow and incorporate into your week. One of my favourite recipes was Bek’s Quinoa Hotcakes – click here to download the recipe. Make sure you follow her YouTube channel to stay up to date with all her latest workouts!

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What did I love?

I have changed my morning habits and now actually enjoy getting out of bed in the morning to exercise. There really is nothing like some fresh air and some cardio to get your day started! I also loved that this was not a quick fix weight loss gimmick, it truly is a lifestyle change.

What didn’t I love?

Saying goodbye to dairy. I am a yoghurt, ice cream and cheese fiend – it wasn’t easy!

What did I learn?

The smallest, simplest change can have a huge impact on energy levels and assist with weight loss. Sometimes it seems hard to get going, but once you notice change, spike in motivation can soar!

So if you’re after a healthy lifestyle change, want to shape up or want to increase your fitness then this might just be the thing for you. The program is $77 and available via Rebekah Davey’s website.

Spotlight On: Pilates, Pedals and Passion

I am really excited to be introducing a new section on Lucy Says: Spotlight On. Every month I will be interviewing a strong, fearless female and featuring them on the blog in a move to help promote them and all the wonderful things they are doing. I will be bringing you features on ladies from the health, wellness, food, beauty and lifestyle industries.

To kick off Spotlight On I’d like to introduce you to Sarah McLachlan, an inspiring and extremely dedicated cyclist, Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor.

Enjoy! X

Who is Sarah?

Originally from Sydney, Sarah McLachlan is a “crazy”, hill-climbing road cyclist, a fully qualified Physiotherapist, and a Pilates and AntiGravity Yoga Instructor. She races the National Road Series across the country for Arbitrage Racing Women’s Team, holds records on Strava for the likes of Mont Ventoux in France and Passo della Stelvio in Italy, loves pole dancing at Bobbi’s and is passionate about promoting female cycling. There’s not much this girl doesn’t do, and if you ask me – she’s pretty damn inspiring!

 I aim to inspire and motivate women of all ages to ride, enjoy the bike and encourage them to try racing. I endeavour to represent a holistic and healthy approach to cycling, with regards to balancing wholesome nutrition, fun and laughter and healthy competitiveness.

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When Sarah’s not riding her bike, she runs a holistic training company: MoveTrainGlow through which she offers private Physiotherapy, Personal Training, Pilates and AntiGravity Yoga.

MoveTrainGlow places a strong emphasis on working with the everyday enthusiast to elite athletes, to stretch tight, overactive muscle groups and strengthen core muscles, in order to prevent injury, promote body symmetry and support optimum health. 

Pilates for Cyclists

A new and exciting development for MoveTrainGlow has been the introduction of Pilates for Cyclists, which is supported heavily by the Perth cycling community. Classes are made up of both men and women, who want to work on stretches and strengthening core muscles to complement their rigorous training schedules. Sarah’s classes are mat based and cover everything from legs, gluteals and abdominal core stability work, plus some heavenly stretching. For example, she works on connecting the upper limb stability in weight-bearing with hip and pelvic control, so that when you are sprinting or climbing on the bike, you are more steady, solid and can project more power.

Sarah runs Pilates for Cyclists at both Wembley Cycles, and Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy, and you can enquire by sending her an email.

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AntiGravity Yoga… going upside down!

Sarah is also an AntiGravity Yoga Instructor – adding that onto her long list of talents last year. Assembled by world-class gymnastics specialist and Broadway dancer Christopher Harrison, his style merged athletic power with the creativity of dance to create AntiGravity Yoga. It involves a series of exercises inspired by Yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a silk hammock – similar to those used by both the singer Pink, and in Cirque du Soleil performances. Compared to regular mat based Yoga, the ability to do inversions means you can press the reset button on your body, which is one of many of the benefits of AntiGravity Yoga. These include:

  • Decompress tight joints
 and stretch further with less strain
  • Core strengthening and lengthening
and increased muscular strength & flexibility
  • Relieving pressure while aligning the vertebrae
  • Perform advanced yoga & postural inversions without neck or back compression
  • Refreshes the lymphatic, digestive & circulatory systems
  • Releases “happy hormones” i.e. serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine
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  • Neuroplasticity of the brain (one’s ability to learn)
  • Hold challenging yoga postures longer and in correct alignment
  • Muscular tension release through self-massage techniques
  • Self-esteem enhancement through conquering fears
  • Increased kinesthetic awareness
  • Fine-tuning balance & increased proprioception
  • Create better body awareness while increasing overall agility

AntiGravity Yoga classes are kicking off in June at Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy. For more information, call (08) 9228 2778 or check out www.performancepilates.com.au for more information.


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