What is Diastasis Recti | Pilates Post Pregnancy | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

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Many new mums are really keen to get back into shape and exercise after having baby, but it is important to takes steps to strengthen the pelvic floor and core again prior to engaging in any high impact or high intensity exercise. As Accredited Exercise Physiologist’s Elle can help support new mothers regain their pelvic strength and fitness through safe, low impact functional movements on the pilates reformer.

Women who suffer from abdominal separation, are more likely to experience back-ache, hernias, pelvic girdle pain and pelvic floor dysfunction so it’s essential to rehabilitate these muscles after pregnancy.

ABOUT DIASTASIS RECTI (ABDOMINAL SEPARATION)

Diastasis Recti, or abdominal separation, is the widening of the gap between your ‘six pack’ (rectus abdomius) muscles. The connective tissue (aponeurosis) that joins all the musculature of the abdominal sheath begins to stretch to accommodate the increased intra-abdominal pressure. Basically this means the material down the center of your ‘six pack’ muscle widens apart to accommodate the growing uterus. Abdominal separation can affect 2 out of 3 mums post partum, so it’s very common, and very treatable.

WHAT TO DO

  • Seek the advice of a Physio or Exercise Physiologist prior to partaking in any form of activity. Supervision of all core exercises are important to ensure you are engaging your core correctly to rehabilitate the issue.

  • You can help to both protect and heal your diastasis aka abdominal separation through good nutrition, good posture and exercises to connect with your abdominals.

  • Low Impact Resistance Training - such as what we do on the reformer - is great to increase the strength to assist you in everyday postures.

  • Eating protein and zinc rich foods, such as meat, fish, nuts, beans or eggs, and vitamin A rich foods like kale, broccoli, sweet potato can provide your body with the nutrients it requires to heal and repair. Eat plenty of fibre rich foods daily and drink an adequate amount of water to maintain healthy bowel habits – and don’t delay the urge to empty your bowels!

  • Being mindful of your posture (when you are nursing your baby, carrying other children or shopping etc) is also important in your recovery of your abdominal muscles. No matter how much fantastic work you are putting in at the gym, if you carry poor posture for the other 12 hours of the day, you will undo all your hard work!

Diaphragmatic Breathing (belly breathing)

Briefly, belly breathing is getting your pelvic floor, transverse abdominus, deep lower back muscles and diaphragm all moving together in sync. These 4 muscles make up your ‘core’. These breathing patterns are highlighted in all any.BODY Pilates Classes.

Inhale – let your belly expand and pelvic floor relax
Exhale – gently draw up your pelvic floor and imaging drawing your two bony hip points at the front of your pelvis closer together.

This can take some guidance to get right but integral to learning to re integrate the pelvic floor and strengthen your core.

For help with your abdominal separation and to get back into fitness after pregnancy contact Elle today for an Initial Consultation.

Has Someone Recommended Exercise To Help You Manage Your Health Condition?

Low Impact Reformer Pilates for the 50+ Age Group

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Small Group Classes with a university qualified Accredited Exercise Physiologist. All Fitness Levels welcome and all injury and health conditions catered for.

If you’re living with a chronic condition, injury or illness, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist is the best person to help you get moving again.  Maybe you just don’t feel like yourself anymore? You are losing strength, balance and feeling very stiff in the morning? Maybe it is time to get a stronger, fitter and more flexible in the new year.

Benefits of Reformer Pilates

  • Increased strength in muscles around your joints. This assists with preventing degeneration through joints and managing arthritic symptoms.

  • Increased Core Strength which assists with your posture, lower back pain and vertebral disc issues.

  • Increased Flexibility which is essential to prevent injuries, reduce aches and pains through your joints and 'morning stiffness'.

  • Improved Balance which is essential to ensure you remain independent and feel confident doing the things you love to do.

  • Improved Mental Clarity which is great to improve cognitive function, improve memory and general alertness in day to day life.

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Contact Elle today if you wish to talk more about private consultations, group classes or schedule a meet and greet.

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Mistakes Everyone Makes When They Try To Get Fit | Why You Should Say Goodbye To Your Scales

Mistakes everyone makes when they try to get fit — and how to avoid them

If you want to live to a ripe old age, forget worrying about your weight and just get moving.

I don’t know about you, but I am unsure when the number on our scales became connected with fat mass? You might know from our own experiences that scales can do a lot more to our overall emotional and mental health than the initial intention. Everything that your body is made up of; organs, fluid, gut bacteria (this can weigh anywhere around 2kg!), bone, muscle, fat etc is all weighted). So why do we associate the number with fat alone? In one day it is very natural to fluctuate weight as all of these variables can change without us even knowing. When we focus on our health, eating right and exercise we are focusing on muscle mass gain and fat mass loss and to gain an understanding of what is really going on in our body and the changes that are made, scales are not an effective measure.

Why understand our body composition? | Body Confidence

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When we can understand our body composition we have an opportunity to see it through an evidence based scientific lens and can put aside, just for the moment, our emotional connection with our weight. It is normal to have an idea of how we would like to feel and look, however these days there is far too much focus on how our body should look. This can provide a unhelpful motivation to do activities that we wouldn’t normally do (restrict food intake or exercise for the purpose for making our thighs thinner), or have this body ideal surrounding our thoughts daily, just in order to achieve that ‘acceptable’ body shape. If we focus on how our body should look, rather than creating a healthy body that makes us feel good then we are taking a negative approach to healthy eating and exercise.

When discussing health, we tend to spend a lot of time focusing on weight loss — but experts say that being fit is actually way more important than what size clothes you wear.In fact, you're actually probably healthier if you look fat but are fit, than if you're skinny but can't walk a block without collapsing. The FRESH START program invites you to take the plunge to understand your body composition through a scientific lens. Understand how your bone density can improve your overall health as you age, increase your muscle mass with correct diet choices and sustainable long term movement habits that are enjoyable!

Research has shown that people are more likely to sustain their exercise habits over time if they are motivated by the enjoyment of the activity or the feeling of mastering a skill than if they are motivated by factors like weight loss or changes to physique. Take your focus away from how you look, focus on getting better, stronger and fitter and the chances of you continuing your journey is increased.

Knowing that you're doing something positive for your bone density, cardiovascular health and cognitive abilities every single time you exercise ... can add to the good feelings that make exercise easier to sustain.

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The any.BODY Difference | Nutrition & Exercise | Allied Health Practitioners Brisbane

The any.BODY Difference

Why the Get A Fresh Start 12 Week Program is Different to other exercise challenges you might see advertised

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Getting healthy is not easy. Getting fit is not easy. If it was easy then everyone would be doing it. There is a plethora of research that indicates that crash diets don’t work, therefore the Get A Fresh Start 12 Week Health program is about behavior change. Its about learning the skills required to make the changes required to feel better, be stronger and more energetic for life.

Tara and Elle are both accredited allied health practitioners in their specialty field. Nutrition and Exercise is what they know best. Using evidence based practice to assist you to create new habits, a change in unhealthy behaviors and assist you in your health journey. So whether you are looking to increase your peak performance, lose weight, get stronger or manage injuries and health conditions Tara and Elle can assist you every step of the way. 

Track Your Progress

January 19th 2019 marks the date of the start of the program. On this date we will be doing full body Body Composition (DEXA) scans and skinfold measurements to give you the most accurate information prior to starting your 12 week health journey?

What is DEXA?

 A DEXA Scan shows you the distribution of fat throughout your body. We all know that muscle weights more than fat, but did you know that there is ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ fat throughout the body?

A DEXA Scan shows you the distribution of fat throughout your body. We all know that muscle weights more than fat, but did you know that there is ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ fat throughout the body?

DEXA (DXA) is the most accurate commercial body composition measurement system available to the public. This is the reason why all other measurement devices compare themselves to DEXA’s accuracy and reproducibility. A DEXA scan provides you with individualised body composition information together with a measure of bone density that no other device can achieve. DEXA is the gold standard in testing body composition through out the world and is used regularly in medical research.

Each client has a completely unique body composition, nutrition and exercise profile. This is why each DEXA scan contains an Individual Scan Summary Report that is developed specifically for each client. The summary report will give you exact date about the % of fat, muscle, water, and bone within your body. It will also show you the distribution. The summary will be prepared and presented to you by both Tara & Elle.

January 19th 2019

The Get A Fresh Start Program kicks off January 19th 2019. What is included in the program:

$74 per week investment into your health

Valued at $899 | Early Bird Offers $799 by January 7th 2019

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  • 35 Group Reformer Classes with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist

  • Nutrition Workbook + Guidance for meal plans

  • Pre-Challenge Nutrition Workshop and Meal Plan Guidance

  • 1:1 Initial Consultation with an Accredited Sports Dietitian

  • 1:1 Review with Accredited Sports Dietitian to track progress + Provide assistance

  • Skinfolds or DEXA Measurements

  • Phone/Skype Support

  • Online Group Support

  • Pre Challenge Brunch

  • Competition Prizes for Program Winners

Components of the Challenge is claimable on Private Health depending on your cover

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6 Tips to help you get prepared for a healthier you in 2019 | Get A Fresh Start 12 Week Health Program

As the end of 2018 is fast approaching now is a good time to start thinking about how you want to look and feel going into 2019.

Below are 6 Tips by Accredited Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet and Accredited Sports Dietitian Tara Davenport to help you start to think and get prepared for a healthier, brighter 2019. These tips are at the core of the Get A Fresh Start 12 Week Program and will give you a greater insight into what to expect from this program.

Make Exercise Part of your Daily Plan

There is 1440 minutes in each day . Spend 30 of them exercising.

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Exercising is pretty much always good for your body, no matter how you do it. But a new study found that working out in groups way better for your physical, emotional, and mental health than doing it alone.

After months of tracking their quality of life, the participants who worked out in groups said their mental health was 13 percent better than it was before, and their physical and emotional health improved by about 25 percent. Even better, their stress decreased by almost 26 percent, which is (obviously) no small amount.

Getting into an exercise routine is not easy. However, the new year is a great time to kickstart a new habit that can last for life. With small group classes, boxilates classes and group reformer classes any.BODY Studio provides a safe haven for you to create a routine that will last. With early morning classes, lunchtime classes, afternoon and evening classes Elle can work with you to create a routine that will last.

Set your MINDSET. Exercise is not just about looking great, its about FEELING great.

Exercise isn't just about the body, it's about the brain. Your brain NEEDS you to move. Tune into how exercise makes you feel rather than how it makes you look. This mindset switch is the foundation for making exercise part of your life FOREVER.

Aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every week to improve your brain function and reduce your risk of developing conditions like dementia. 

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Imagine this... You go to your doctor and they tell you about a new pill. It not only reduces your risk of of depression, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many cancers, but can also help prevent early death.

Would you buy it? Sure you would. 
What about if it was free? Even better!

That's exercise. Exercise does that

Now you just have to find something that you enjoy and that you can stick to. Why not try Reformer Pilates? Its low impact, effective and makes you feel amazing.

Finding the balance over the Silly Season

Wellness over the Silly Season is not just about what we eat and drink, but also about how we feel!

In particular how we feel about ourselves. The better we feel, the more likely we are to make decisions that serve us well. Individually we all respond differently to the challenges presented at this time of the year – the pressure goes on with a perceived lack of time, (a shortened time frame) a seemingly overwhelming presence of food and alcohol, more events to attend, and little time for self.

Remember the benefits of exercise during the holidays

Exercise is a wonderful stress buster and one of the few ways you can really boost your metabolism. You MUST make time for exercise – without question there will be a few sneaky calories you will be thinking about over the New Year – but don’t confuse the purpose of exercise as being used to ‘undo harm you have done to yourself’. We all need to move the body, day in and day out, so think about exercise as something you choose to do to be your best self. Renew yourself and strengthen your body with exercise. 3 or 4 days before you head back to work, get up a bit earlier to get your exercise in. That way it’s not a huge struggle to get up and exercise when you go back to work – use your time off as an opportunity to really nail it as a habit!

Should we snack?

Yes, we should snack - if we have hunger pains or know our next meal will be more than 3 hours away.

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What are healthy snacks: oh gosh there are SO many choices. But to keep it simple, snacks that are healthy include a greater nutrient density vs energy density. For example: yoghurt + nuts + fruit is much more nutrient dense to rice crackers + a protein shake. Simplicity to achieve nutrient density snacks can be achieved through keeping it to fresh foods. However this may not be feasible at all times, so some brands that keep nutrient density and energy density ratio favourably include: Carman’s, Freedom foods Barley +, The Happy Snack Company and Chobani.

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Is 100 calories enough food? No, 100 calories is (generally) not enough food - even for a snack. Generally speaking - the more restricting of food , the more unfavorable the nutrient dense and energy density ratio becomes.

Nutrient density vs energy density is thes ‘ratio’ that refers to the nutrients (fibre, vitamins, minerals, macronutrients) that a food contains, and the energy density is the fuel provided to our body. Macronutrients are the only fuel providers including: fats and carbohydrates (sugar). Snacks that have a higher energy density, than nutrient density, are often (and not all) packaged foods. Specifically biscuits, softdrink, rice crackers, ice cream, and other discretionary foods.

Rule of thumb: eat to satisfaction for each main meal and if you get (hunger pains) get a snack - choose a couple of foods that will provide satisfaction. These foods often contain a high fibre and protein content and some carbohydrates or fats.

Healthy snack suggestions include:

-          carrot/vege sticks with hummus or peanut butter or cottage cheese

-          Cheese and wholegrain crackers

-          Yoghurt with nuts and seeds

-          Fruit with mixed nuts

-          Dried chickpeas / favabeans

-          Plain popcorn + nut bar

Happy Snacking!

What is your food prep routine and habits?

Who has time to food prep? Everyone, I say!

What I mean by food preparation is finding a system that works only and truly for you. This does NOT mean spending hours in the kitchen on your weekend - or it can - whatever is your cup-of-tea!

In today’s society, time is hard to find. Food prep strategies therefore need to reflect your time availability and budget. A guide to ensure your meals are meeting nutrition adequacy, whilst being timely, check if the meal contains wholegrains or a starchy vegetable (legumes or corn or potato) + protein + vegetables + fats (this could be the oil you use for cooking).

Meals that can be prepared at a low budget can involve: tinned or snap frozen vegetables, slow cooked meals that use rump or blade cuts or cheaper cuts of meat, frozen meals (yes there are some that include adequate nutrition)

Try the markets! Produce markets are an excellent way to receive cheaper and quality fresh fruit and vegetables. The outing to the markets could make it more of a social occasion or a self-care opportunity for markets that supply live music and coffee 😉

Your food preparation system could involve meals made in bulk and then frozen. It could mean making a larger quantity as you make Dinner so it’s lunch for the next day, or to cater for a couple of meals. Or it might be having pre-chopped vegetables and salads ready to go with the protein + carbohydrate of choice.

Meals that can prepared in bulk that are ‘time-savers’ can include:

-          Slow cooked meals

-          Vietnamese meals (rice paper rolls or vermicelli noodle salad)

-          Casseroles

-          Pasta dishes (providing 2/3 cup / 1 cup of pasta on your plate)

-          Baked vegetables (don’t chop just chuck them in the oven) + supermarket roast chicken or protein of choice

-          Stir fry (bulk rice quantity too)

Happy Prepping!

Goals vs Health Values

Who has made a health goal, or a few, and didn’t accomplish it? I think we ALL have!!

I am sure the goal represented good intentions and reflected our beliefs in health. However reasons that our goals are not met are because they have not been practical to achieve with our current work load, or perhaps too hard (foods were eliminated and therefore eating out with friends became non-existent), or perhaps just not feasible (restricting food intake and energy levels lack).

One way to set up achievable reliable and effective goals is through the SMART acronym. SMART goals reflect our intentions and our capacity to complete the goal. They are sensible, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. At Any.BODY we believe that SMART goals are truly effective if we align them with our health VALUES.

Yes, let’s get deeeeep!

Why?

Because FRESH START program is a time to form lifestyle changes. These changes align with how we want to live and therefore are sustainable!

Values are principles or standards of our behaviour, they are what we hold worth and are important to you. The activities we hold value to, are the activities that are performed or if we ‘slip-up’ are re-visited. Our values at Any.BODY include: mindfulness, fitness, compassion (for one-self) and commitment.

Have a go! Have a think about what your values are towards your eating patterns and exercise?

Together we can align eating behaviours and patterns, as well as your exercise regime with your health goals and values. How exciting! 😊

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Mental Health & Wellbeing | Oveworked? | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

 How does your reformer pilates routine assist detaching from work related stress? Has it improved your mental clarity and stress levels? If so, email me on hello@anybody-studio.com.au I would love to share your story.

How does your reformer pilates routine assist detaching from work related stress? Has it improved your mental clarity and stress levels? If so, email me on hello@anybody-studio.com.au I would love to share your story.

As 2018 starts to wrap up, I am sure you are feeling overworked and as we area approaching the final weeks you may even have feel haunted at the thought. As any.BODY Studio has started to grow I have had to work hard at maintaining a work life balance. As a business owner I am fortunate enough to have control over how I spend my time, but the downfall of this is also feeling like you are ‘on’ all the time, feeling like something always has to be done and never truly finding time away. Over the last two weeks I have felt the wrath of the last 10 months. I am feeling fatigued and looking forward to a break. It got me thinking, how on earth do we do this all the time? Everyone is overworked and the first thing to fly out the window when work becomes a priority is our health. I did some research and this is what I found.

Good habits, not holidays, are the answer.

Australians work very long hours compared to workers in other developed countries. But evidence shows that employees who work more than 48 hours per week, or are overcommitted or over-invested in their work tend to have have poorer cardiovascular health than other workers.

In fact, long work hours increase risk of dying from cardiovascular heart disease, risk to family functioning, injury at work, smoking intensity, anxiety, digestive problems, and alcohol abuse.

So if we need to work long hours, what can we do to recover?

Common wisdom suggests that having holidays is important for restoring wellbeing and re-engagement in your work. After all, you’re spending time with your friends or family, doing the things that you enjoy. Best of all, you’re not at work.

However, research has shown that the benefits of a holiday tend to last only two to four weeks. After that, you’re left just as burned out as you were before your holiday.

So instead of having large breaks every few months or once a year, it’s better to incorporate simple recovery practices into your everyday routine.

At home

One recovery practice that has received considerable research attention is psychological detachment.

Psychological detachment is defined as “an individual’s sense of being away from the work situation” and is crucial to recovery from daily work stress, giving us the energy to face the next work day.

Modern-day work demands like long hours and mobile technology interfere the recovery process by inhibiting our ability to psychologically detach from work-related thoughts. But there are a number of ways one can consciously shift away from thoughts of work and psychologically detach.

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Avoiding work emails at home or incorporating rituals like changing out of your work clothes can signal the end of the working day and aid the mental transition away from work.

After that, getting absorbed in enjoyable and challenging activities such as sports, exercise, or creative pursuits have all been found to be useful. But they can only help you psychologically detach if you’re fully immersed in the activity, replacing negative job-related thoughts. On the other hand rituals of ‘watching television’ or immersing yourself in technology has been found to keep you detached to your negative job-related thoughts even if this is at an unconscious level.

 An 10 minute at home stretch program can assist in helping you detach from negative work related stressors.

An 10 minute at home stretch program can assist in helping you detach from negative work related stressors.

There’s no single type of after-work activity that suits everyone. Your recovery activity simply needs to enable experiences that will aid with psychological detachment from work. I often have clients tell me that their reformer pilates practice assists in their detachment from work. Spending 45 minutes at the end of the day, breathing and focusing on movement enables you to completely detach your thoughts of work and in the end assists with recovery, mental clarity and stress release.

While at work

There are also activities you can do during the work day to reduce stress and aid recovery.

To help reduce nagging thoughts of “unfinished business”, plan and organise your work day. Develop a clear picture of what you can realistically get done during the day, and don’t start a new task shortly before leaving work.

While at work

There are also activities you can do during the work day to reduce stress and aid recovery. Drinking enough water, staying off your phone when eating your lunch, finding open spaces/parks to each your lunch are all simple ‘good habits’ that can help to help reduce nagging thoughts of “unfinished business”. Develop a clear picture of what you can realistically can get done during the day, set a time you wish to leave work by and don’t start a new task shortly before leaving work

With many serious health risks associated with overworking, a vacation once or even twice a year may not be enough to protect yourself from the debilitating effects of work stress.

We should all try to keep our work hours in check. But if it’s not possible to work less than 48 hours per week, we can manage our work days, and our home life, to aid recovery from work-related stress.

Exercising with Endometriosis | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

Reformer Pilates Milton | Exercise with Endometriosis

Endometriosis. It’s a chronic health condition affecting one in eight women worldwide, yet unfortunately there is little information available around how exercise can help manage and improve the painful symptoms associated with an Endo diagnosis.

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Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, and there are some inappropriate exercises that may worsen your current symptoms, but returning to exercise post diagnosis can be important for both your physical and mental health! Reformer Pilates is a great way to start an exercise routine post surgery, due to the low impact nature, lengthening and strengthening of muscles.

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Endometriosis is a gynecological condition where endometrial-like tissue grows outside the uterine cavity. We say endometrial-like, as this tissue is not identical to the cells found within the uterine cavity, however it has a lot of similar properties.

Endometriosis is fuelled by the hormone oestrogen, however we are still learning and discovering exactly what causes this tissue growth! This tissue can attach itself anywhere within the pelvic and abdominal cavity, with reports of endometriosis even found on the diaphragm (though this is very rare)! Unfortunately the human body is not equipped to remove these tissue growths, and they continue to act as endometrial-like cells, so with every menstrual cycle, scar tissue and adhesions can form through the release of oestrogen.  This can cause a wide range of symptoms, including inflammation, bloating, pelvic pain and cramping.

Best exercises to start with post Endo diagnosis: Reformer Pilates and Endo

Regular physical exercise can have protective effects against diseases (like Endo!) that involve inflammatory processes since it causes an increase of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant markers within the body, and also acts by reducing oestrogen levels, making it a great idea to incorporate exercise into your recovery and disease management.

The pain and discomfort associated with Endometriosis can cause a guarding mechanism within the body – where the body braces to protect itself from pain. This bracing can affect the pelvic floor, abdominal wall and hip flexors – the anterior side of the body. Reformer Pilates exercises involve lengthening exercises which assist in lengthening specific muscles and strengthening muscles without impact. A qualified women’s health Exercise Physiologist or Pilates Instructor can guide you through the correct exercises that will assist you in building strength, flexibility without flaring up your symptoms.

At any.BODY Studio Owner and lead trainer Elle will be able to assist you one on one when returning to exercise post surgery and then progress you into an appropriate well supervised group reformer class to help manage your symptoms. It is important to have a sustainable exercise routine to build up protective mechanisms against Endo.

If you would like to receive a call from Elle to discuss your symptoms and the best steps forward to assist in managing your Endo, please fill in the form below.

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WIN | A Fresh Start | The Ultimate New Years Program

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The Ultimate 12 Week Program | Your Life Changes Now

Starts January 20th 2019

Early Bird Offers end January 8th 2019

Health is the number one area in which people attempt change in the new year. any.BODY Studio is bringing you the chance to WIN a fresh start in 2019 with a structured program that focuses on learning to love the skin you’re in, education on how to lead a balanced healthy lifestyle, a tailored, fun exercise plan that is sustainable not just for 12 weeks but for life.

Join Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Owner of any.BODY Pilates Studio Elle de Wet and Accredited Sports Dietitian Tara Davenport on a 12 Week Journey to not only lose weight and get more toned but create new, sustainable food and movement habits that will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. With credible guidance from allied health practitioners applying evidence based research to assist with new healthy habits to create long term change.

If getting healthy, eating better and getting fitter was easy everyone would be doing it. Gaining the skills required to navigate life and prioritise health and movement can inherently change your life. Is it time to change your life? Do you want a fresh start?


Win | A Fresh Start Valued at $899

The Ultimate New Years Resolution Program

  • 35 Group Reformer Classes with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist

  • Nutrition Workbook + Guidance for meal plans

  • Pre-Challenge Nutrition Workshop and Meal Plan Guidance

  • 1:1 Initial Consultation with an Accredited Sports Dietitian

  • 1:1 Review with Accredited Sports Dietitian to track progress + Provide assistance

  • Skinfolds or DEXA Measurements

  • Phone/Skype Support

  • Online Group Support

  • Pre Challenge Brunch

  • Float & Sauna for recovery and relaxation

  • Competition Prizes for Program Winners

Components of the Challenge is claimable on Private Health depending on your cover


Habits of People that Lose Weight and Keep Fit 

Research shows that most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year of losing it. Most of the rest will regain it in the following 3 years. Most people inherently know that keeping a healthy weight and keeping fit boils down to three things: eating healthy, eating less, and being active. But actually doing that can be tough.

Here is the punchline. We make more than 200 food decisions a day, and most of these appear to be automatic or habitual, which means we unconsciously eat without reflection, deliberation or any sense of awareness of what or how much food we select and consume. Same goes for movement, if you are living a sedentary life much of your lifestyle is habitual, and research shows that habitual behaviours override our best intentions.  

Getting healthy, losing weight and keeping fit is all about reinforcing healthy habits. 

Imagine each time a person goes home in the evening, they eat a snack and sit on the couch scrolling through facebook. Whey they first eat the snack and partake in the activity a mental link is formed between the context (getting home) and their response to the context (eating a snack & "relaxing"). Every time they subsequently snack and "relax" in response to getting home, this link strengthens, to the point that getting home prompts them to eat a snack and scroll through facebook. This is how a habit forms. 

The point is. You can form new habits you just need something that prompts change. A new routine, and enough discipline to form a bond between a context (the alarm going off) and your response to the context (getting up to exercise). It can be done. You are not alone in feeling helpless in forming new habits, it is just up to you to reach out and start something new! If a balanced healthy lifestyle was easy everyone would be doing it. People like Elle and Tara would not have had the need to go to university for years to learn ways to apply research to assist with behaviour change.

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Kickstart Your Summer | Habits of People that lose weight and stay fit | 10 Classes in 15 days

My health philosophy has always been "long term consistency beats short term intensity". In the end health is about balance. It is not two super health weeks that count, it is two years that. Its an accumulation of healthy choices over your lifetime that results in you living a longer, healthier happier life. However, after 3 days on my Sol Juice Cleanse I have come to realise that sometimes we need a "kickstarter". I needed a kickstarter to kick my food cravings to a curb and with 2 days to go I can't wait to share with you guys my progress and how I feel after 5 days of pure discipline. 

Kickstart Your Summer with 10 Classes in 15 days. Here is something that will kicks out butt into gear, maybe make you realise what bad habits you have formed in regards to exercise (eg. setting an alarm only to snooze it 5 times and not get up to exercise in the morning) and force you into new good habits.  

Habits of People that Lose Weight and Keep Fit 

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Research shows that most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year of losing it. Must of the rest will regain it in the following 3 years.Most people inherently know that keeping a healthy weight and keeping fit boils down to three things: eating healthy, eating less, and being active. But actually doing that can be tough.

Here is the punchline. We make more than 200 food decisions a day, and most of these appear to be automatic or habitual, which means we unconsciously eat without reflection, deliberation or any sense of awareness of what or how much food we select and consume. Same goes for movement, if you are living a sedentary life much of your lifestyle is habitual, and research shows that habitual behaviours override our best intentions.  

Getting healthy, losing weight and keeping fit is all about reinforcing healthy habits. 

Imagine each time a person goes home in the evening, they eat a snack and sit on the couch scrolling through facebook. Whey they first eat the snack and partake in the activity a mental link is formed between the context (getting home) and their response to the context (eating a snack & "relaxing"). Every time they subsequently snack and "relax" in response to getting home, this link strengthens, to the point that getting home prompts them to eat a snack and scroll through facebook. This is how a habit forms. 

The point is. You can form new habits you just need something that prompts change. A new routine, and enough discipline to form a bond between a context (the alarm going off) and your response to the context (getting up to exercise). It can be done. You are not alone in feeling helpless in forming new habits, it is just up to you to reach out and start something new!

Pilates Milton - Mums & Bubs Classes - Post Natal Pilates Milton

This class is designed to enhance your body and overall health as a new Mum. Focus is placed on strengthening your pelvic floor and abdominals while toning your entire body.

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The Mum’s n Bubs classes are designed for babies up to 14 months old. Once your baby discovers their feet you may prefer to switch to other baby free classes for your own personal enjoyment.

Please bring suitable sleeping arrangements for your bub such as a bassinet or a pram. We will be using the downstairs space and enjoy do Mat Pilates & Reformer Pilates moves. Be prepared to meet new like-minded people and enjoy a laugh or two together!

Read more about why Pregnancy Pilates and Post-natal pilates is recommended by Health care professionals.

Can Men Do Reformer Pilates | any.BODY Pilates | Truely a Studio for anybody

Can Men Do Reformer Pilates?


It is no real secret that Pilates much like Yoga is perceived as a form of exercise and movement for women. With most Pilates Studios females form around 90 to 95% the membership base. At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology more and more men are coming through the doors intrigued to find out what all the fuss is about. Whether they have an injury, want to improve sport performance, dislike generic gym environments or are trying to please their missus men in all shapes and sizes are enjoying reformer sessions and finding the benefits even though they might feel like the minority.

Why Should Men Do Reformer Pilates?

There are plenty of reasons why males should be doing Pilates.  Simply type the words “male Pilates” into your favourite search engine and you will find a number of articles (and blogs similar to this one) outlining how Pilates can help fellas in areas such as improved flexibility, posture, core strength, balance and coordination.  Not to mention stress reduction and improved focus.  It’s also been discussed that a solid undertaking of the science that is Pilates can also improve your performance in the bedroom.

Oh, and for the sports nuts among us, Pilates has become a crucial part of the overall training programs of elite athletes plying their trades within the NRL, AFL, Rugby Union, NBA, Crickets well as many Olympic athletes.  

Why don’t men do Pilates?

So the real question is why don’t men do pilates, it would be wise to start with the realities. Before you look to the anatomy text books, I must note the following is the humble opinion and observations of myself and a few of any.BODY’s male members –  let’s call them Josh, Gary, Warwick and Paul*.   All of the aforementioned joined us on instruction from their doctor, physio or wife.  I asked them what was the hardest thing they experienced when they started Pilates and why they wouldn’t have come along unless pushed.  Here we go:

  • The Classes are Full of Women

Lets face it. Walking into an exercise class full of women can be daunting. They are all looking, and worst of all seem to be able to hold the poses with much more grace than we can. This is a tough one for the old male ego.

The truth is, yes most classes will comprise of females however more and more men are attending any.BODY Studio. With maximum 6 people per class, you will be surrounded by a maximum of 5 women with a likely hood of even less with another brother joining you and classes sometimes not booking out.

  • We look like an ice skating elephant with all of the coordination of a newborn giraffe

This is sadly the truth. Why? Most men lack flexibility and moving freely, stabilising yourself and balancing can be quite challenging if you are stiff. The truth is ALOT of women also lack flexibility so if you are on the reformer and you feel uncoordinated and clumsy everyone else around you either has felt the same but worked hard and gotten better, or still feeling clumsy and uncoordinated. The best thing is, YOU WILL IMPROVE. I am 100% confident that you will feel more confident, more coordinated and more flexible in less than 5 sessions!

At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology I use the best Reformers you can get. These reformers are large, they are wide, and they can adjust in lots of different ways. So it is my goal to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

There you have it. Men Should DO Pilates.

any.BODY male clients are not stereotypical athletes. Some are office workers, some are weekend cyclists, some are rehabbing an injury and just freaking love snowboarding. If you want to build a body that will last longer, improve your core strength, improve your flexibility and just FEEL BETTER contact Elle today hello@anybody-studio.com.au for a free orientation.

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Congratulations to the any.BODY Spring Into Spring Challengers

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A big congratulations to all the Spring Into Spring Challengers. I loved seeing your motivation, your dedication and most all, the smiles of everyone that was coming into the studio. It truly does warm my heart when I see everyone enjoying themselves at their pilates session, and even more so when I start to see the improvements in your form, strength and flexibility.

What the Spring Into Spring Challengers had to say:

“The best thing is the energy I have found! I feel so much stronger than I did before and that means I get so much more done in everyday life.… I am more patient with my kids and my husband, and best of all the pain through my hip is completely gone. If they could put this feeling in a pill, everyone would buy it. Loved the challenge!!!” - Mandy

'“I loved everything about the challenge. It was the best way to kickstart me back into a consistent routine with working out and eating good healthy food. I loved attending the number of classes a week in order to complete the challenge and booking in advance held me accountable.  I am going to miss it!” - Leah

“Exercise use to be a chore before I did this challenge. I enjoyed every class throughout the challenge and now find that exercise is easier and more enjoyable. I will be continuing my reformer routine, however attending 2 classes per week to maintain my strength will be easy as pie.” - Mandy

“The challenge was the kickstart I needed to get my A into G and motivated me in all other areas (eating, gym etc), so I would say that with a combination of x4 pilates classes a week, cardio and x2 strength training I have lost about 5 kgs of body fat. I noticed a significant change to my body in its shape and tone, I hold myself better now with posture etc and my squatting technique at the gym has improved too!” - Leah

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Love Your Body Again | 25 Classes 48 Days | Reformer Pilates Milton

At any.BODY Studio you can move in a space freely, with no judgement being passed. Its a place to laugh, to grow, to make friends and to learn to love your body again.

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Consider what your body is capable of doing - not what it looks like. Reformer Pilates helps you build a relationship with your body. You might not be getting along with it very well at the moment, you might be having arguments in the mirror every morning, but through movement and building strength you can regain confidence and learn to love your body again!

Invest in yourself and your ability to move. Join the Love Your Body Challenge starting October 15th - November 3rd. Complete 25 Classes in 48 Days and see the difference it makes to your life.

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High Intensity Cycling + Foot Pain | What it is and how to treat it

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Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet  and owner of any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology speaks about 

your plantar fascia, what it is, cycling and foot pain and how you can manage it with simple self massage. 

Have you been suffering from sore feet after a big ride, or worse still during a ride? Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet and owner of any.BODY PIlates & Exercise Physiology in Milton, Brisbane explains that it might be your plantar fascia, and how you can manage this uncomfortable pain that is impacting on your ability to enjoy your ride - whether it be on the road or in your local fitness studio. 

Every useful watt of power you generate while cycling is transferred to your bike through the bottom of your feet. Foot pain, in particular arch pain, is common amongst cyclist and can be caused by a biomechanical issue through your hips causing a tight plantar myo- fascia. 

What is your myo-fascia 

Myofascia spreads throughout our body. It is the thin layer of connective tissue that covers all of our internal parts: muscles, joints, bones, organs blood vessels. It binds some structures together while allowing others to slide over each other. It is known that fascia is responsible for pain when we reduce a joints range of motion (ROM) as we do when we repeatedly do the same movements - just like cycling and sitting at our desks. This hardened myo-fascia is the reason we lose flexibility as we start to age. 

One of the most likely causes of pain in the arc of your foot is a tight plantar fascia (the myo-fascia in the arch of your foot). The plantar fascia (aponeurosis) is a broad, thick band of connective tissue that forms a protective layer over the arch of your foot, enabling you to walk barefoot. Interestingly, the plantar fascia tightens as your big toe extends during the toe-off phase in walking and cycling - therefore naturally this fascia can become extremely hardened for highly active individuals like cyclists and runners. This tightness can be treated and managed and if left untreated can become inflamed resulting in plantar fasciitis. 

How to treat and manage foot pain during and after cycling 

 The pressure put onto the myofascia will break down the dehydrated collagen and help rehydrate it increasing range of motion and flexiblity through the surrounding musculature.

The pressure put onto the myofascia will break down the dehydrated collagen and help rehydrate it increasing range of motion and flexiblity through the surrounding musculature.

Foot arch problems are very common. The structures forming your arches and ankles are complex, and it may be necessary to seek help to correct biomechanical issues if this recommendation does not assist with treatment and management. Releasing myofascia is essential for holistic wellness, proper posture, decreasing pain and progressing in your fitness levels and to assist with increasing or maintaining flexibility. 

Using a trigger ball/tennis ball/golf ball you can release the plantar fascia underneath your foot by rolling the ball and finding tight sore spots. It is recommended to breath through any of the pain. The pressure put onto the myofascia will break down the dehydrated collagen and help rehydrate it increasing range of motion and flexiblity through the surrounding musculature. This simple self massage can not only assist in managing foot pain but also assist in increasing flexibility through your hamstrings and glutes (muscles that get incredibly tight in the traditional cycling posture). 

If you want to continue to increase your fitness levels and get better and stronger during your rides you need to prioritise time to care for the joints and muscles in your body. At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Elle recommends 1-3 Reformer Pilates sessions a week to assist in increasing flexability, creating stability through your joints, increasing core strength and move your body in a way that counteracts the repetative postures we find at work and in our hobbies.

For more information on how Pilates & Exercise Physiology services can improve your posture and help you manage pain please contact Elle de Wet directly via the details below. 


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P: 0413 021 369

E: hello@anybody-studio.com.au

W: www.anybody-studio.com.au

8/46 Douglas Street, Milton

Style caught up with Elle de Wet and this is what they learnt

An editorial in Style Magazine's July Wellness edition has been published and Elle from any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology shared what wellness means to her a philosophy that embodies any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology.


"True wellness to me is having the audacity to not be hindered by your failures. Knowing that life is long, and we have to navigate the ups and downs. So yes, its nice to be in a good routine, to achieve your daily physical activity goals, and to eat healthy and look after your mental health all the time, but the reality is that we can't be perfect all the time. So, to me true wellness is the ability to come back after you fall off track, to be balanced in your thinking and understand that health is not about a 200m sprint but about lifelong skills and lessons learnt."

You can read the whole article here

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What is your Posture Like at your desk?

Posture Related Pain | Reformer Pilates Milton Brisbane 

It is very common to find people with back and neck problems that are related to their work setting and posture. As an Exercise Physiologist Elle seeks to understand the underlying factors that are responsible for each clients ailment. For this reason, I always ask my clients: “What makes the pain worse?” The most common answer I hear is “When I sit at my desk at work”. This is the case for chronic lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. 

Obviously, avoiding sitting at a desk isn’t usually a viable option, however, at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Elle aims to not only strengthen muscles to assist with postural pain but also teach you strategies for working at a desk that will minimise the likeliness of further injury or pain. 

The human body is not designed to be seated in a chair for 8 hours a day. In a seated position in tend to lose our natural spinal curve, load our lumbar spine 60% more. Stress, poor workstation ergonomics, and bad posture are the main cause mid back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and related injuries. To remedy these, it is important to position your arms, legs and spine in the appropriate alignment, to distribute the appropriate load on your joints and muscles. Doing so avoids excessive overactivity or overstrain.

Here are 5 tips for a good posture in order to prevent ergonomic injuries:

1. Find your natural posture

  • Move your chair away from your desk and sit down comfortably. For most people, it would look a lot like sitting in a car. Your feet are on the floor in front of you; your hands are in your lap, and your shoulders relax as you lean back just a bit.
  • This is called your “natural posture.” In it, your vertebrae are stacked, your entire back moves as you breathe, and your pelvis is positioned so that your spine is stacked properly.
  • Memorise this natural posture.

2. Keyboard and mouse placement

  • Building around the natural posture, the keyboard and mouse should be positioned in a way that keeps your elbows to your sides, and your arms at or below a 90-degree angle. This way, the muscle load is reduced and you’re not straining.
  • Position your keyboard 1 to 2 inches above your thighs. For most people, that probably means employing a pull-out keyboard tray. Alternatively, you can lower your desk, but the keyboard tray is a preferred method. Here’s why…
  • Tilt. The keyboard should ideally be positioned with a negative tilt — down and away from you so that your arms and hand follow the downward slope of your thighs. That being said, you should never use the kickstand that is incorporated underneath most keyboards.
  • Position. Ideally, your keyboard and mouse should be shoulder-distance apart and as level as possible.

3. Position your screen(s)

  • Distance. If your screen is too far away, you’ll start doing something called ‘turtling’, or craning your neck, and you’ll find yourself extending your neck to see it.
  • To find the right screen position, sit back and extend your arm. The tips of your middle finger should land on your screen. That’s the spot.
  • If you have two monitors, set them up side by side (no gap), and place the secondary monitor off-centre. Those who use both monitors equally should centre them both. Now, sit back and extend your arm and pan in an arch. As you pan your arm, your fingertip should almost always touch the monitors. Use the same logic when placing other items, like a document holder or a phone.
  • Height. To adjust the height: close your eyes. When you open them, your eyes should land on the address bar. If not, lower or raise the monitors using the built-in option, with risers, or with other items (as long as the monitor is safe and stable).

4. Adjust your chair

Your chair is your best ergonomic friend. It supports your back, bottom, and posture. Here are some things to look for in a good chair:

  • Shape. Think back to your natural posture. With your tailbone sticking out just a bit, and your vertebrae in their slight curve, the lumbar portion of your spine points in toward your belly. To help you sustain this posture, find a chair that offers good lumbar support.
  • Length. When you sit down, there should be a little space between the edge of the chair and the back of your knees, about the size of your fist. Depending on the chair, you might be able to adjust the seat depth accordingly.
  • Height. When you sit, your feet should be on the floor (not dangling) in front of you, and your thighs should be slightly below your hips. Shorter people may need to use a footrest, while extra-tall people may need to adjust the height of the desk.
  • If you ever find yourself tucking your feet behind you, sitting on one leg, or in another irregular position, your chair needs to be adjusted.

5. Move every hour (minimum)

  • Take a break at least once an hour to walk around the office or stretch. If it helps, set an hourly alarm as a reminder.
  • No matter how ergonomic your workstation is, stretching your body is the only thing that can combat the health issues that arise from prolonged sitting.

If you have any questions or concerns about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing, do not hesitate and consult with Elle. With Pilates, she can improve the endurance and strength of the postural muscles, so that sitting in the appropriate posture is eventually something that comes naturally.

Having a routine of attending at least one reformer pilates class per week can assist greatly in managing pain associated with bad posture. 

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Best Exercises for Older Adults | Reformer Pilates for Older Adults

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…"no single intervention has greater promise than exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously…" Booth et al. Journal Applied Physiology 2000.

For the older population keeping fit is essential. However, so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Reformer Pilates sessions at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology as a way to stay in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement-not quantity of repetitions-many Elle from any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology agrees that Reformer Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy.

Reformer Pilates focuses on building a strong "core"–the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight-bearing. It also can positively affect postural positions.

Why Choose Low Impact Reformer Pilates at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology

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Reformer Pilates programs are individually designed after a musculoskeletal assessment has taken place with our Principle Business Owner and Exercise Physiologist Elle de Wet. Many other Pilates classes are too often generic and don't cater for the persons specific goals being met. Small group sessions at any.BODY Pilates Studio aims to improve patients posture, core strength and stability, flexibility, balance and breathing with a specific focus on learning control issues that may be contributing to pain or reduced function.

Benefits of any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Low Impact Reformer Pilates Sessions

  • Improved deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone
  • Prevent and reduce low back and neck pain
  • Overall body toning
  • Improved posture and core stability
  • Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Reduce stress
  • Improves sporting performance
  • Safe form of exercise during and after pregnancy
  • Improves bone density (reduces risk of osteoporosis)

Interested in starting Low Impact Reformer Pilates at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology

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5 Classes for $45 (14 Day Expiry)


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Call Elle today via the Call Now Button Below to book in your free initial musculoskeletal assessment.

Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with maximum 6 Clients per class so bookings are essential.

Private sessions are also available, so please discuss with Elle if you wish to first partake in private sessions before she introduces you to group classes.

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any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology provide assessments and treatments for patients of all ages and ailments. 

At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology Elle can assist you in specializing a program and providing supervision for physical rehabilitation programs that can assist you in overcoming work-related injuries. 

The aim is to get you back to your full functioning self as soon as possible and able to return to work and normal activities. Elle works closely with work cover case managers and GP's to ensure you receive the best possible care. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist Elle specializes in rehabilitation and provides the greatest of care and outcomes for each individual. 

  • Individual Assessments and Measurements
  • Clear Communication with you and your case worker
  • Continual Measurement and analysis of your progress
  • Personalized Program Development and Progression
  • Exercise Physiologist with ESSA Accreditation 
  • Skilled and Passionate practitioner

Information for Injured Party 

In the management of injury, Elle will work closely with the patient and other health professionals to strengthen the injured body part for a fast and successful recovery. Following a physical examination that includes the measurement and testing of your existing capabilities, Elle will develop an individually designed rehabilitation plan to reduce pain and increase physical strength. By working with an Exercise Physiologist and following a program customised to your particular injury, body and lifestyle you increase your chances of a speedy recovery without risking further injury or pain.

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What To Expect | Mind & Body | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

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Feeling a little bit awkward?

If you haven’t done a Pilates reformer class before, then you probably felt a little uncoordinated and out of your depth.  That’s perfectly natural, everyone feels like that to begin with.

The biggest changes you will experience will happen with consistency. Don't just try it once or twice, persevering and working through these challenges will provide you with benefits that will assist you for the rest of your life. 

By your forth, fifth and sixth class your muscle memory will start to kick in and you will feel more controlled and at ease. 

Feeling a little bit sore or maybe not feeling sore at all?

That’s perfectly normal too. This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (or DOMS for short) and it’s a sign that the body is already starting to tone up! Not feeling that sore? This can be normal too, as you start learn to use muscles that might not been used before it might take some time for them to activate. Muscle soreness is a good thing, but as the any.BODY Pilates Reformers puts your body in a non-weight baring position we stimulate the middle of the muscle (muscle belly) therefore it removes added stress and pressure on your joints therefore your body should feel better not unbearable sore. 

Stretching is important before and after class to reduce muscle soreness, but the other big thing is to continue to move – so book in for your next class straight away and don’t let a little muscle stiffness stop you from achieving your goals. 

Your safety comes first and this is why our classes are designed by an experienced Exercise Physiologist.  You should never feel any pain in your neck, back or any of your joints at any time. If you are having any physical concerns, please speak to Elle, she has tricks and props to assist you during class. 

Feeling Fabulous.

You might be feeling a few other things after your any.BODY Studio workout. Invigorated. Strong. Relieved? Energised. Motivated? Empowered and Challenged? That is all normal too. Reformer Pilates gives hope to a lot of people with body issues, aches and pains and challenges those that want to continue to challenge themselves. 

Feeling the rhythm.

Consistency is key. Regular classes is more important that lots of classes. You will get stronger. You will get more flexible and you will get better and better with each session. Your mind and your body will thank you for it. Feel that rhythm and book your next session now. If you are still a little bit tender, just let Elle know and she will provide appropriate modifications to make you feel comfortable. 

Benefits of Strength Training for over 50's | Reformer Pilates Brisbane

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Strength training may not be the first form of exercise that comes to mind as you age, but not only will strength training make you stronger, it will keep you healthier too. Strength training increases bone density and can improve independent living by decreasing the risk of losing muscle (sarcopenia) which in turn decreases your risk of falls. Strength training can be done in a gym setting or utilising a Pilates Reformer. 

Both men and women benefit from strength training at all ages but it’s important to implement it to your exercise regime as you age.

A study by Havard showed that men who strength trained for 20 minutes daily experienced less of an increased in age-related belly fat compared to those who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic training.

For women partaking in strength training will strengthen bones and increase muscle, as hormonal changes can rapidly incite the deterioration of bone density.

Benefits of strength training:

  • Builds bone density
  • Decreases body fat
  • Builds muscle mass
  • Improves mental health
  • Helps avoid injuries as it will strengthen connective tissue

 

Reformer Pilates vs Traditional Gym: 

  • Ease of mind knowing you are being looked after by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • All Exercises start with activating our core so you are learning skills that will help you in everyday life to assist in preventing injuries
  • Focuses on breathing 
  • Builds strength through your joints to assist with joint pain and arthritic pain
  • Low Impact / Lots of modifications to ensure you are never uncomfortable

How to start:

  • If you have a chronic condition that you are concerned about you may need clearance from your GP and a referral to see an Exercise Physiologist prior to starting.

  • Schedule a Meet & Greet with Elle for FREE where you can get to know her and she will show you how the reformer works and explain how it will be suitable for you.

  • Book an Appointment - See Elle for an Initial Consultation + 2 Privates for $119

  • Book into a Class - Mondays @ 10:00am or Wednesdays at 3:45pm