HQer of the Month - Sheridan Barber

January’s HQer of the Month is the incredible Sheridan Barber!

Sheridan works with children and families in the welfare field and on top of this is currently studying ‘child play therapy’ part time. (She’s a busy lady!)

Sheridan had been doing Mat Pilates for a little while but after her sister took her along to a reformer class, she couldn’t keep away!.

Sheridan started off with one reformer class a week and it wasn’t long before one became two and her Beginner classes turned into Intermediate Classes.

Sheridan has now upped the ante to THREE classes a week (can I get a Woop, Woop!?) and she now has some serious strength and Pilates Prowess about her!

Find out a little bit more about Sheridan and her HQ Journey below.

What made you choose Pilates HQ?

I saw Pilates HQ pop up when I did some research and it looked really welcoming, I thought I'd give it a try and I haven't looked back.

What is it about Pilates or our classes that has kept you coming back?

The atmosphere of the HQ studio is relaxing, fun and welcoming and it makes you want to come back to have a chat and a laugh with everybody.

What do you like to do when you aren't working or doing Pilates?

Outside of work & Pilates I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend, our miniature dachshund (Dex), and my family including my nephews and niece (and soon to be another, yay!), as well as reading a good book that I can't put down.

Have you noticed any benefits or improvements since starting Pilates at Pilates HQ?

I have noticed improvements in so much of myself including my ability to focus and control my movements, my balance, arm and muscle strength and overall excitement and motivation towards exercise.

People often say that it is hard to fit exercise in and to make time for themselves, what are you secrets to fitting in your classes especially around your busy life of working and studying?

I too used to say this but I have found more and more that with my role and studying, for me and for everyone it is so important to have a work-life balance so I really try to live by this belief and allocate the time needed to maintain my self-care and health.

What were your hesitations about starting Pilates or about coming to Pilates HQ?

I had a few hesitations, I always thought you had to be flexible and coordinated to do it, but soon found out I definitely didn't, I allowed myself the time to focus on the exercises to improve each time.

Were you feeling nervous or anxious about your first class and why?

I was a bit nervous at first beginning in a new environment but once stepping into the studio I knew I didn't need to be at all.

Have you made any friends in the classes you attend or do you like to fly under the radar and get in and out and do you own thing?

I think I definitely fly under the radar but not intentionally, I think to some extent everyone does as we're all there to allocate that time for ourselves and to enjoy something that is purely for our own health.

You mentioned that you found it hard to find something that you enjoyed doing in the past, what do you think it is about pilates that you enjoy most?

It is a different session every time you attend, it is never predictable, as you progress it continues to be challenging.

You can always have a laugh with everybody when you're all pushing through an exercise and all feeling the results.

The atmosphere is fun, it isn't serious or competitive, it is supportive.

Do you have a favourite exercise?

I enjoy the jump boards!

I did these in my first ever reformer class and they have just always stuck with me. I also enjoy the challenge of upper arm workouts.

Another thing I love is that Pilates is an overall body workout so you never really know what's going to feel a bit sore the next day!

Do you have any advice to give to someone who might be wanting to start Pilates?

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

The Pilates HQ team are so welcoming and you'd be in very good hands with their continuous encouragement every time you're in.

Sheridan you are freaking superstar and we have loved seeing you grow in confidence and strength each week. Thank you for choosing to spend your time with us at HQ, we are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for you!

Steph & The Pilates HQ Team