Kerry Westcott is starting a new Pilates class at the PCYC centre.
Kerry Westcott is starting a new Pilates class at the PCYC centre. Chris Chan

Improve your lifestyle with pilates

IF you're longing for improved core strength, lengthened and toned muscles and reduced stress, Mat Pilates could be for you.

Not only is it good for fitness and inner health, it's great for posture.

Instructor Kerry Westcott said she loved what the low-impact exercise could do for her clients.

"You really do see small changes in posture and because it's low impact, it's enjoyable," she said.

"There are no age restrictions - I have taught a seven-year-old and 80 year olds can do it too.

"It can help people in so many ways - it's brilliant for post-natal women who have had their pelvic floor muscles stretched and bladder control and incontinence."

Mat Pilates is different to other forms of pilates because it uses just a mat.

"There's no reformer or any other equipment," Westcott said.

She taught Pilates for six years in South Africa before she moved to Gladstone and has now started the classes at Gladstone PCYC.

"We're starting with one class a week on a Wednesday from 9.15am until 10am and if we get more interest we can increase it to two classes a week," she said.

Anyone interested in joining the class can call the PCYC on 4972 3122 or email admin@gladstone.pcyc.org.au.

Benefits:

  • increased muscle strength
  • increased flexibility
  • improved co-ordination and balance
  • improved balance
  • encourages body and mind connection
  • stress relief
  • pelvic floor stability and control
  • strengthen the sore stabilisers


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