Canberra Pilates exercises & more...

  • Side Lying Single Leg Swings

    Following on from Side Lie Single Leg Lifts we move onto Side Lying Leg Swings. Lying on your side is a difficult position to stabilise the body and makes this exercise a challenge for the abdominals.  When performing this exercise you must ensure you are ...

  • Single Leg Slides

    Single Leg Slides, like Chest lifts and Dead Bugs, are another good starting point for those new to Pilates. Whilst performing Single Leg Slides you are activating/strengthening your deep abdominals and hamstrings as well as increasing your pelvic stability and body awareness. How to do ...

  • Chest Lifts

    Chests Lifts are another foundational Pilates exercise. It strengthens the abdominal muscles and helps develop pelvic stability and control. While Chest Lifts resemble the crunch, the pace is much slower. This means movement is driven by the strength of the abdominals and the position of ...

  • Get the best start in our Beginners Pilates Classes

    Our Pilates Beginners Course Has Changed

    Throughout the past few months there have been many changes at PilatesCan including our Pilates Beginners Course.  Originally a 6 week course, you now progress through the foundations of Mat Pilates in 4 weeks.  You will then be ready for the intermediate Pilates Mat exercises ...

  • 8 Principles of Pilates

    Key Principles of the Pilates Method

    Pilates may seem like a new phenomenon due to its increasing popularity over the past decade but it has been around since the early 20th century. Taking its name from its creator Joseph Pilates, it was originally developed to help German soldiers recover from injuries ...

  • Side Lie Single Leg Lift

    Today’s exercise is the Side Lie Single Leg Lift which is help’s achieve pelvic stability and is good for the obliques. Lying on your side is the most difficult position to stabilise the body, so this is a great way to start challenging the abdominals ...

  • Single Leg Lifts are a great Pilates exercises for beginners

    Dead Bugs

    Next up in our new blog series on Pilates exercises we are looking at Dead Bugs. Just like with Single leg lifts, dead bugs is a foundation Pilates exercise. It is one of the first exercises you will be taught in our beginners course. It ...

  • Single Leg Lifts are a great Pilates exercises for beginners

    Single Leg Lift – Relaxed Leg

    Here at PilatesCan we love everything about Pilates and enjoy spreading this love to as many people as possible. Which is why we’re starting a new blog series looking at specific exercises that can easily be done at home. First up is Single Leg Lift – ...

  • Post-Natal Pilates Testimonial

    “With these Pilates Post Natal sessions, I am starting to feel like my old self again” “It’s amazing what a difference this Pilates post-natal class has made.  I am already feeling much stronger, more connected” Just some of the comments heard from our participants by ...

  • Kirrilly teaches Pilates equipment sessions at PilatesCan

    Meet Kirrilly: Principle Pilates Instructor

    One of our Principle Pilates instructors, Kirrilly has been with PilatesCan since 2004, back when we were called Pilates Manuka. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates for injury rehabilitation first hand, Kirrilly was inspired to change careers. Kirrilly is passionate about spreading awareness of the ...

  • PilatesCan Flash Sale

    Flash sales offer a 50% discount to new starters who would like to try out a couple of our mat Pilates or our Pilates Fit session. If you are quick enough you will be able to purchase your 50% discount here. Once the flash sale ...

  • Post-Natal Pilates – at PilatesCan

    “With these Pilates Post Natal sessions, I am starting to feel like my old self again” “It’s amazing what a difference this Pilates post-natal class has made.  I am already feeling much stronger, more connected” Just some of the comments heard from our participants by ...

  • New: Get the PilatesCan App

    Get Our App PilatesCan and Fun & Fitness have a new App for Client Session Scheduling & Management which can be downloaded by clicking the button above. You can read more about how to use the app in the client centre. Thanks for your patience during ...

  • Pilates Exercises for Shoulder Pain

    Shoulder pain can be a potentially serious condition affecting your sleep and daily life, and if left untreated, move to your neck and back. With the right exercises and treatment this pain does not need to be debilitating. Pilates can be incredibly beneficial for those who suffer from shoulder ...

  • Starting Pilates is great for dancers in Canberra

    Pilates for Dancers

    Dancing and Pilates have long gone hand in hand. When Joseph Pilates first took his method to New York, some of his first clients were dancers. Today Pilates is a core part of many a dancers training, with Darcey Bussell, Marc Cassidy, and the Australian ...

  • Starting Pilates is great for runners in Canberra

    Pilates for Runners

    We have all heard about the benefits of running and how it can help you: Lose weight Increase lung function & Boost your immune system to help prevent disease However, while running can do wonders for your overall health, it can also play havoc on ...

  • Starting Pilates is great for cyclists in Canberra

    Pilates for Cyclists

    A common complaint from many cyclists is back pain. This is predominately due to a cyclists posture when riding. As they are usually hunched over, cyclists often suffer from rounded shoulders, tight calves, hip flexors, hamstrings and lower back muscles, and core weakness. These are ...

  • Starting Pilates is great for swimmers in Canberra

    Pilates for Swimmers

    What do Olympic swimmers Libby Trickett, Eamon Sullivan, and Geoff Huegill all have in common? Well apart from the obvious, they have all incorporated Pilates into their training. Another former Elite swimmer Leanne Wright, is training with us at PilatesCan as a Pilates Instructor at ...

  • Pilates is great for rehabilitating back and neck injuries

    PilatesCan fix your back and neck

    Pilates has long been used as a form of rehabilitation, with Joseph Pilates himself developing it to help injured soldiers. However it wasn’t until the 90’s that Pilates became more commonly used in the rehabilitation of injuries, with many physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons recommending it ...

  • How to engage core muscles during pilates?

    The core muscles are pivotal to achieving a stronger body using the Pilates method. Pilates strengthens the core through three basic steps (Segal, Hein & Basford, 2004): 1. Strengthen core muscles through coordinated breathing and movement Developing and achieving a sound breathing pattern is crucial ...

  • Pilates in Canberra can rehabilitate injury and assist with back pain

    Tips to prevent neck pain and spinal pain

    With a rise in sedentary lifestyles, spinal pain of the back and the neck has become extremely common. It is thought that around 80% of the population will experience neck or back pain at some point. In order to minimise the risk of neck pain ...

  • Founder of the method, Joseph Pilates, demonstrates one of his exercises

    Background on Joseph Pilates

    A young boy crippled by asthma and rickets leaving his body frail and weak became the man responsible for what we know as Pilates. Born in Germany in the late 19th Century, Joseph Pilates was determined to overcome his physical disadvantages and devoted his life ...

  • Get the best start in our Beginners Pilates Classes

    Pilates: How to start properly

    As humans we are built to move and we should be able to enjoy that experience without pain. By focusing on increasing core strength and building flexibility, Pilates invigorates participants to move freely, i.e. with less pain and more efficiency. This is why Pilates Mat-work ...

  • Tour of the new Canberra Pilates studio

    Plans for New Pilates Can Studio at Manuka

    Note:  This article is originally from 2015. Of course we have now been operating in the new studio for almost 2 years. However in late 2015 we had only just finalized the design of the new PilatesCan Pilates Studio in Manuka. And we were excited to ...

  • Pilates at Home

    Here at PilatesCan we believe in creating effective fitness habits for regular exercise. No matter who you are and how well your body reacts to exercise, it is the habit that will create the results for you. Because life can sometimes get in the way, ...

  • Pilates in Canberra can rehabilitate your body and change your life

    Should we sit or stand?

    Sitting is just as bad as smoking and will kill you even if you exercise regularly! Or at least that’s what CNN and the Sydney Morning Herald tell us. But is sitting really as bad as they say? Well according to many recent studies, yes, ...

  • How to become a Pilates instructor?

    Interested in becoming a Pilates instructor? Perhaps you are a student studying Exercise/Sports Science, Exercise Physiology or Physiotherapy in Canberra and are looking to gain some experience within the industry? Then look seriously at Pilates Can Manuka and Woden. Due to our recent expansion, Pilates ...

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