These days many of us lead such busy
lives and I am no exception. I found that my energy levels were
low and I wasn't coping with stress as well as I would have liked.
A friend recommended Pilates as an exercise method that would help;
I enrolled in classes at SOFIT Pilates and I haven't looked back
since! Not only do I look and feel better, but my sense of wellbeing
has increased enormously and I find the classes both challenging
and fun. Expertise and professionalism are important to me, and
the high level of both at SOFIT Pilates has exceeded my expectations.
The description of Pilates as "the thinking person's workout"
is spot on: the classes are varied and stimulating and always leave
you with a satisfying sense of personal achievement. I can't recommend
SOFIT Pilates highly enough: try it and I can guarantee you'll be
As an office worker in my own business and with running/boxing being
my other form of exercise, I was seeking something different to
work more on core strength, stretching and relaxation. My wife had
been enrolled in SOFIT Pilates for some 12 months and was really
enjoying it. She had also noticed a remarkable improvement in an
ongoing back complaint. So I also joined SOFIT and I have found
a marked improvement in more core strength and it enables me to
switch off completely from the outside world. The quality of instruction
is excellent as it focuses always on the correct technique and posture
and being conscious of the use of your stomach muscles. I can see
myself continuing to do SOFIT Pilates for many years to come and
would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for something different.
I decided to enroll in a Pilates class to regain some of my body
strength and fitness lost, when I stopped regular exercise two years
ago. I chose Sofit Pilates because it was taught by an accredited
instructor in a course structure that allowed me to move as my strength
and skills progressed. Since attending classes, I have benefited
from more than just physical improvement. My muscles are much stronger
and more toned, in particular my stomach muscles. I have the ability
to use breathing and posture skills in everyday activities, reducing
strain on other muscles such as my back. The style of teaching in
the classes allows me to do each movement to my own ability. Individual
support and guidance is always provided which enables me to complete
each exercise correctly, and to the appropriate level. Although
I have tried other Pilates classes, the instruction and level of
personal attendance provided in SOFIT Pilates ensures that I maximize
the benefit of each movement by completing it properly, I have not
experienced this in other classes. I have also been involved in
aerobics classes, which provide great cardio activity, however I
find Pilates is better for its focus on all-over body strength and
toning. There is also much more focus on the safe and correct execution
of movements, preventing injuries. I would definitely recommend
SOFIT Pilates to anyone interested in joining for all of the reasons
I had previously participated in two
different types of yoga, but felt it was too repetitive and I was
also able to continue thinking about daily issues and still complete
the exercises. This type of exercise was not for me. Seeing articles
about Pilates in late 2002, I became interested in the different
format offered by the Pilates method and enrolled in the next SOFIT
Pilates term. After my first night I was hooked. With complete instruction,
and a level of good humour, the class followed a set of exercises
which have grown and expanded our abilities, strength and wellbeing.
As the year has progressed I have seen myself and other class members
progress to a much higher level which I feel is due to the flowing
teaching method used by Sophie. Each exercise compliments the following
exercise, throughout the class. At the end of each class I notice
I have thought of nothing but the routine that I am following and
I have been able to switch off all the outside issues of the day.
This has helped my level of stress and my sleep patterns. Other
health issues such as posture, breathing and muscle strength and
control have also been of benefit. Although I play other sports,
I find this is the most complimentary to my level of fitness and
my age. I feel most fortunate that I have become a member of SOFIT
Pilates and have met many interesting and friendly people. I'm always
recommending to people of all ages and fitness levels the wonderful
virtues of SOFIT Pilates.
After years of back and neck problems,
I have found SOFIT Pilates to be extremely beneficial. The benefits
have meant no more regular chiropractic or physiotherapy treatment.
The classes are very professionally run and result in a total body
work out. I have found SOFIT Pilates to be very complementary to
my regular exercise of walking. SOFIT Pilates is certainly assisting
me to reach the needed flexibility to pass my advanced Cecchitti
Ballet examinations. My daughter has joined me in the classes and
since doing so she has been able to better manage her injuries associated
with dancing lessons. I would strongly recommend SOFIT Pilates to
anyone wanting a professionally run activity to improve their fitness
and to tone up
I have been attending SOFIT Pilates
for over a year - I have had 2 hip replacement operations and felt
it necessary to participate in some form of exercise. Pilates has
really helped me to remain more flexible and Sophie is aware of
what and how much I am able to do. I must say I find SOFIT Pilates
to be of the highest standard and have recommended it to many people.
I have experienced many forms of physiotherapy and have found SOFIT
Pilates to be the best - it's relaxing and the workout is excellent.
I am 56 - work fulltime and although I try to
walk daily, I decided to join a Pilates class to gain strength and
flexibility and to help with a lower-back problem. Lack of strength
and flexibility as I get older also concerns me. Other forms of
exercise, while beneficial, did not appeal to me, as I would have
found them boring. Finding an accredited instructor was important,
so I went onto the Pilates Institute of Australia website, where
I found Sophie Donovan of SOFIT Pilates. The benefits start after
just a few classes. It's amazing how quickly the body responds and
how much more conscious you are with regard to general posture.
I find myself using what I have learned much more frequently in
my day-to-day life. The instruction given is easy to follow and
you do it to your own ability. The humor is free of charge. I now
attend two classes a week. For me it has become a lifetime commitment
to my health and well-being. I would recommend SOFIT Pilates to
anyone who wants to invest in a healthier lifestyle.
I was looking for a non-impact form of exercise that would challenge
me. I heard about Pilates and decided to give it a go. That was
two years ago and I'm still enjoying it and still being challenged.
Sophie is an excellent instructor who explains each exercise clearly.
One of the most beneficial aspects of a class run by Sophie is that
she always makes sure you are doing the exercise correctly and at
a level appropriate to your abilities - no slacking off. I've tried
other Pilates classes but have not felt challenged or properly coached
in correct technique. Since I started I have noticed an increase
in core and upper body strength, as well as improved flexibility
and general toning.
I have been participating in SOFIT Pilates classes for the past
twelve months and during this time I have experienced many benefits.
My headaches have decreased to a bare minimum due to the emphasis
on correct posture and stretching in the class, my body is toned
and feeling fitter than ever (slimmer waistline, firmer stomach),and
my flexibility and energy levels have increased. I am an aerobic
fan and whilst this may increase my fitness level, it was not toning
my body - Pilates gives you an overall workout without the sweating,
exhaustion and stress on your joints. Sophie Donovan, Accredited
Pilates Instructor is thorough in her instructions, follows through
each exercise precisely and makes each class fun and relaxing with
background music and aromatherapy oils. I have no hesitation recommending
SOFIT Pilates to anyone.
I have tried Yoga and found it to be painful for my arthritis so
I thought I would give Pilates a trial - I have been attending classes
now for over 12 months and am gradually gaining more mobility in
my movements. The classes are small, friendly and you feel comfortable
in the surroundings and also the confidence in Sophie's instruction
and guidance. No matter what age I would recommend SOFIT Pilates.
I have been nursing for nearly nine years now and
found that the constant bending in this profession was getting me
worried about my potential for lower back pain. I had been doing some
research about the benefits of Pilates and found that it was beneficial
for those people wanting to strengthen their lower abdominal and lower
back muscles. Looking through my local leader paper I had seen an
advertisement about SOFIT Pilates which happened to be on at a time
that suited me. I went along not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly
surprised. We had an understanding instructor who took us through
each of the movements with detailed explanation of what benefits the
exercises were supposed to be doing for us. The classes always have
a bit of variance in them which keeps them interesting and there are
different levels that you can work at. The benefits that I have attained
from completing Pilates are stronger core muscles in my lower abdomen
and spine and more flexibility which benefits me not only at work
but in other physical activities as well. I would definitely recommend
SOFIT Pilates to my friends and colleagues.