Our purpose built pilates gym contains equipment suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Whether you’re a first timer who thinks kettlebells are a christmas decoration, or a high level athlete with years of experience, our physiotherapists at Victory Park Health Group can help.
Pilates Reformers- With spring resistance, these beds are amazing at targeting muscles you never knew you had. When it comes to rehab however the unique thing about reformers is that they do a great job of target specific muscles without aggravating other areas of the body. For example the reformer allows us to work out your core, without irritating your back. Work out your shoulders, without straining your neck. We can even build up strength in your legs, without hurting your knees.
Functional Trainer- Whilst the reformer is great for lengthening and toning your body, the functional trainer helps engage global muscles and promote functional movement patterns. With our physios you can be properly taught how to complete a deadlift, squat, bench press and shoulder press. We specifically sourced a 10kg training bar as well as a 20kg bar (these are the ones you’ll normally find in the gym) so we can make sure you are doing the movement safely and with control. This functional trainer also has a pulley system which is great for strengthening the spine through challenging your rotating, twisting, and bending movements.
Kettlebells- Are great for your core because they force you to train with a constantly changing centre of gravity. They also improve grip strength and forearm size as they possess a thicker handle then their dumbbell counterparts. Kettlebell training have been popping up more and more in gyms and clinics around Australia as they do a great job at bridging the gap between strength and cardio.
Dumbbells- Are used on their own and in conjunction with other equipment in the gym. An advanced example of that would be doing lunges on the reformer combined with a dumbbell bicep curl. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make any sense to you as there will always be a trained physiotherapist demonstrating and explaining.
Exercise Ball (also known as a Swiss Ball)- There isn’t much to it, it’s an inflatable ball. This simplicity however makes it very versatile when it comes to the number of different exercises and stretches. It is particularly effective when targeting your core as it allows you to safely strengthen your abdominals and lower back muscles. A strong core will help protect the lumbar spine and stabilize the shoulders and pelvis.
Other equipment we like to use is Pilates rings, Foam rollers, and Power bands. If you want to know more about them and the equipment listed above you are welcome to come on in for a chat.