Katie started with Stretch over a year ago when we opened our brand new CBD Studio (though she was a yoga student here for a long time before!)! Katie has over 15 years of experience in Physiotherapy and Pilates, meaning she's one of Stretch's most senior teachers! Her classes are filled with killer tunes, plenty of props, options for beginners to advanced and lots of giggles at her very lame jokes! When not on the mat, Katie is on the run - either working in the corporate space, chasing her 2 children around or literally, running marathons - this incredible lady completed the Boston Marathon earlier this year despite it being only 4 degrees! We sat down with Katie for some Pilates talk, to find a little more about her journey as a teacher & what inspires her to keep doing what she loves!
I did a presentation on pilates in my 4th year of my Physio degree. It wasn’t popular then and only one studio existed in Brisbane but it really appealed to me as I had a dance background in my younger years. I didn’t come back to it until I was in my late-20, getting a bit stiff through the old spine. One class and I felt amazing! Hooked!
What has helped you stick with it?
Pilates is a brilliant and fun way to get all your rehab exercises done. It helps maintain posture and core, mine personally got quite messed up during pregnancy. It also helps me keep pumping out my marathons and lets me have a bit of me time - away from the family.
Which exercise is your favourite and why?
I love lunges! Well TBH (to be honest) I don’t but they are really really good for us runners. Like broccoli.
What is your favourite thing about teaching at Stretch?
I love entering the lobby, seeing who’s working on reception, chatting to the students as they arrive. Such a welcoming and nurturing space. I also need a minute after coming up those stairs!!
What 3 exercises would you recommend a beginner to do daily?
Cat / cow (on hands and knees) for spinal articulation and core activation.
Neck stretches (to make up for our screen time).
And.....lunges (or squats if your knees won’t allow)!
You can catch Katie for Pilates at our CBD Studio Monday nights at 5:50pm or Wednesdays at 4:40pm!