Jumping into group classes and hitting the 34!
I started Pilates to keep my body flexible as I am no longer a full time tradesman and need movement to keep my body in good condition.
I started doing just Reformer classes at Mandurah Movement Therapy but I soon realised there are many more options – I now do more Mat classes and the team do say Mat is where it’s at! But I reckon a combination of Mat and Reformer is the best way to go.
I really love the Mat34 classes which I find very challenging but so much fun – the regulars are a great crowd and we have a lot of laughs! I recently completed 34 Mat34 classes and was presented with an ‘I Hit 34’ t-shirt by the team – thanks MMT!
I really enjoy the non-competitive atmosphere at MMT and find the instructors to be warm, friendly and very professional. The benefits I’ve experienced are an increase in overall body strength and fitness. I would recommend Pilates to everyone, regardless of age, to come along to maintain their body through a low impact, but challenging, style of exercise
If you're serious about Pilates MMT is where it's at!
Pilates was something that I had thought about for a while but never actively looked into. When MMT opened I finally took the plunge and haven’t looked back. I wasn’t a gym goer and hadn’t participated in group classes in many years so I felt a little bit like a fish out of water - but Sharon and her amazing team made me feel so welcome.
I began my Pilates journey attending group Reformer and Matwork classes but I can honestly say that it wasn’t until I started practicing in My Pilates Gym that I truly felt I was getting the most out of my work.
Aside from seeing my awesome girl gang each morning, I love coming into the studio to follow a program created just for me, where I can take the time to learn and articulate the exercises at my own pace as well as using the equipment to target specific areas unique to my body.
My studio practice also helps me to work more effectively in class work as well. Sharon’s repertoire of exercises astounds me and, in my opinion, what she doesn’t know about Pilates and anatomy, isn’t worth knowing – actually I wonder if there is anything about Pilates she doesn’t know?
What benefits have I seen in my own body? I’m stronger, more flexible, definitely more toned, my posture has improved and I’ve grown an inch!!
I love the friendly banter and how supportive everyone is, celebrating each other’s achievements no matter how experienced, or how great or small the victory. If you are serious about Pilates, MMT is where it’s at!!
Anything is possible with Pilates!
I walked into MMT over a year ago with some trepidation to do a Mat class. I am in my mid-60s and have had a back injury. I lacked confidence, was anxious I would hurt myself and concerned I would be embarrassed. How wrong was I!
My first coach was Hayley – at the end of the session I felt exhilarated and surprised about what I had been able to do with Hayley’s help. I then met Sharon. What Sharon has been able to do for me is amazing - she has tailored a program specifically for me that has allowed me to develop and grow. Like Sharon says ‘there is something in Pilates for everyone’. I have one-on-one sessions with Sharon, I practice in My Pilates Gym (with eagle eye Sharon watching and prompting) and attend classes.
One year on I cannot believe how different my body feels. I am stronger, more flexible and my posture has improved – I walk and sit taller. All of the coaches at MMT are supportive and, very importantly, consistent in how they explain and instruct. I have also met some fantastic MMT members who are FUN as well as encouraging. Neither age, nor lack of ability should stop you from trying Pilates – with Sharon and the MMT team anything is possible! Thank you Sharon and the MMT team.
Overcoming pain and finding flexibility
I remember the day I met Shaz [MMT's owner] at MMT, in tears and not being able to do the simplest of things, either at work or socially without extreme pain. Six cortisone injections did nothing for me!
My first “wall roll down” was the funniest...a plank movement more than anything! But now, thanks to Pilates, I am pain free for the first time in many years, am able to work a full week without having to watch what I do, can drive 5 hours without arriving and not being able to walk!
I am so happy with where I'm at now, I can put my forehead on my knees and my palms on the ground for the first time...ever I think!
To say that I'm happy would be an understatement. My movement is far from perfect but 1000% improvement from where I was 18 months ago. Thanks Shaz and MMT...you have made the world of difference to my life!