As we near Pilates HQ’s 3rd birthday, I thought it only fitting to look back on the years that have passed and reflect on our Journey so far.
…Cue flashback music…
3 years? You might be wondering why our Sign says Est 2015 then? Well…
”Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down And i’d like to take a minute just sit right down - I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called… I mean… the owner of a studio in a town called Buninyong.”
In 2014, 5 years ago, Pilates HQ was actually called “Elite Pilates Buninyong” - not my best in name choices. It started with letterbox flyer drops, Mat classes in the Buninyong town hall and 5 class passes printed from my computer. From this, grew a very loyal following of Buninyong Pilates Lovers - (Phil Meaney, you thankfully remind me of this almost weekly, keeping me true to my roots haha)
Next thing I knew I was buying a second hand Pilates Reformer on Ebay, for my own home workouts, which quickly became 4 Reformers in a Home Studio in our Rumpus Room (Woah! that escalated quickly right?)
By the end of 2015, we had decided to take the jump and spread the Pilates love beyond the confines of our spare room - it was at this time that Pilates HQ was born and the journey to where we now call home began.
Come May 2016 we had arrived at 509 Warrenheip St Buninyong, now up to 6 Reformers, an online booking system and a new home!
Fast Forward 3 years and here we are, we’ve welcomed new members kept some of the O.G Town hall and rumpus room crew, changed booking systems and added 2 New Reformers, and we live to tell the tale.
What was originally just me and the pooch has now become Me, 8 incredible instructors, a Rad as Studio Manager, 3 HQ Babies and some incredible friends but the same core values.
WHY DID WE TAKE THE PLUNGE AND START PILATES HQ?
The original reason for me teaching Pilates was pretty selfish really, I loved it, as nervous as I may have been and as anxious as I may have felt, once I started to teach a class these feelings started to fade away.
I remember quite clearly saying to Bayden,
“If I could do this for a living I think I would be pretty happy”.
The more I was teaching, the more I realised that this was what I needed to be doing, but I wanted to be able to offer more than “just” Pilates.
I wanted people to feel what I felt, to realise that it was ok to do something that was just for them and that they could and should take time out of their busy lives to focus on themselves. And I wanted people to be able to do this in a space where they felt at home.
I felt that it was important for people to feel welcomed and comfortable in our space and if I could create this then the Pilates would speak for itself.
The aim was to make other people feel as happy doing Pilates as I do when I am teaching it.
So HQ’s values grew from here, and they are
To create a community of people to support and uplift those around them. To exercise with, groan with, smile with, sweat with and laugh with.
To create a welcoming and safe space
To help people take time out for themselves without Guilt or judgement.
To teach people to move their bodies fearlessly and boldly
To allow people to feel comfortable in their own skin, and to feel at home as they build a healthier, happier and stronger body.
To help people take that first step in improving their physical and mental health.
And although I may have dreamed up the values and the space, none of this, and I mean none of this, could have actually happened without any of YOU.
Pilates HQ has been blessed with a community of incredible people.
Pilates HQ has been blessed with a community of incredible people. People who embody what we are about, who walk in each week beaming with their own uniqueness, who bring their own personality and spirit to every class. People who manage to create a community feel, who welcome new faces with a smile and new challenges with gusto.
We have also been blessed with a team of amazing instructors who encapsulate the spirit of HQ, who bring their best to each and every class they teach and continue to spread the HQ joy week after.
This quote from Helen Keller sums it up well
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
So I have YOU to thank for Pilates HQ!
Thank you for creating a community and an environment that I look forward to welcoming new and old people into.
Thank you for giving me the gift of 3 years of Pilates HQ.
Thank you for allowing me to continue to do what I love each week.
And what better way to finish this post than with this quote
“One of the marvellous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals.” – Jean Vanier