It's our favourite time of the month again! This month, we spoke with Tabetha Pearce.
Anyone who has met Tabetha in class will attest to the fact that she is a pilates machine! she is strong,flexible, determined and dedicated, and the energy that she brings to a class and the studio is incredible!
Read on to find out why Tabetha continues to come to Pilates HQ not once, not twice but three times a week...
1. What sort of Exercise/Fitness Training have you done in the past?
In my younger years, I dabbled in many sports including swimming, tennis, netball and basketball. In the last decade I have enjoyed cycling, CrossFit and hiking. I love to challenge myself, be active and have a bit fun.
2. What does your weekly exercise routine look like at the moment?
I attend three Pilates sessions a week. If I have time, I aim to complete at least 6kms on my indoor rower before or after the Pilates class.
3. Why did you decide to start Pilates?
For over six years, I worked out at least four times a week at CrossFit. I made great gains with strength and endurance, however I began to experience recurring issues that required ongoing physio and chiro treatments. I began Pilates to improve my mobility, flexibility, and more importantly, to target my core and smaller muscle groups. I started my Pilates journey 18 months ago and haven’t looked back. Steph and the Pilates HQ team have provided assistance and guidance, helping me focus on correct technique to retrain my body to operate optimally.
4. What have you most enjoyed about Pilates?
The HQ team provide a varied, challenging and fun program. If I can’t complete a movement or I require a little bit more of a challenge, they are more than happy to adjust the activity to suit.
I love that Pilates is for any age, gender and ability. My 15 year old daughter has added Pilates to her own weekly fitness regime. It is extremely important to me that she learn to love her body and see what it can achieve. Her body confidence and awareness has increased through this a safe, low impact method, suited to her growing body. It’s also the perfect excuse for mother/daughter time!
5. Have you noticed any benefits or improvements in your other exercise/fitness activities from doing Pilates?
Absolutely! Pilates has played a part in me coping with long days of work and study, hunched over a computer or desk for hours at a time.
Pilates has also increased my body awareness, to better control and isolate those smaller muscles. 12 months ago, I struggled completing a 2km indoor row without experiencing some level of lower back discomfort. I can now row over 12km without any pain or discomfort.
6. You attend three Pilates classes a week. Did you notice any differences or changes when you increased from 2 to 3 classes a week?
I found the extra class was a gentle, safe yet still challenging way to increase intensity without the extra stress on my joints or ligaments.
7. What keeps you coming back to Pilates classes each week?
I want to be better than yesterday! I want to achieve that movement that I struggled with last class.
Walking through the Pilates HQ door is always a pleasure, knowing that you will receive a friendly welcome.
The Pilates HQ team are very supportive and encouraging. Always focusing on technique and tailoring a class to an individual’s needs and ability, which makes every class challenging.
8. Do you have any hot tips or advice for anyone that is just starting on their Pilates Journey?
It doesn’t matter your fitness background, ability or age; Pilates has something for everyone!
It is amazing for rehabilitating injuries, keeping aches and pains at bay and staying supple and agile. I recommend Pilates as a fantastic way to compliment any sport or fitness activities to improve your functionality and performance.
Thank You Tabetha!