Pilates in the Press

From The Manly Daily Newspaper, "Shaping Up"

Pilates instructor Lorraine Deck estimates that more than 2,000 northern beaches locals will start a term of Pilates this week to create the shape they want.

She says Pilates is extraordinary because of its broad appeal and believes it is ideal for everyone, young or old, fit or out of shape as well as those with chronic pain, injuries and asthma.

With full qualifications and experience, Lorraine creates rewarding classes at Balgowlah, Manly Vale, Narrabeen and Warriewood.

From Sports Fitness Magazine, USA

“Although PILATES training is frequently used for overall conditioning, a PILATES trainer can develop a sport-specific program for you. Cyclists can strengthen back extensor muscles, for example, to compensate for their hunched over riding position. Rock climbers can work on foot and toe strength and overall flexibility while maintaining long, nonbulky muscles. Athletes in sports that tend to compact and jar the body, such as soccer, can use PILATES to lengthen their muscles and obtain the full range of motion necessary for injury prevention.”

From VOGUE Magazine, USA, “Pilates goes to Hollywood"

Want to know the fitness secret of Hollywood’s biggest stars? How do they keep those bodies in shape? Madonna, Uma Thurman, Danny Glover, Dustine Hoffman, Jane Symore, Bill Murray, Vanessa Williams, Lela Rochon, Felicia Rashad, Donna Karen, Melanie Griffith, Michelle Hicks, Amber Vallenta, Shalom Harlow, Candice Bergen, Susan Sarendon, Susan Farrell, Kristi Yamaguchi and Sharon Stone all practice PILATES to get that lean, elongated, graceful and toned look. Shouldn’t you embrace this mind-body conditioning program?”

From The Manly Daily Newspaper, “Pilates gets results”

With classes designed for you to progress at your own pace, the new term for PILATES 4 You will commence on Monday with classes held across the North Shore.

According to founder Lorraine Deck, Pilates is growing in popularity for the simple reason that it produces results including a healthier flexible spine, better balance, less pain and stiffness and a gentle “all-over conditioning.”

“If you’re out of shape, or recovering from an injury, Pilates provides a wonderful way back in.”

“It puts no stress on your joints and no wear and tear on your ligaments and cartilage,” Lorraine said.

From SELF Magazine, USA

“Endorsed by celebrities like Madonna, Julia Roberts, Danny Glover and a slew of models and professional dancers, PILATES may seem just like the latest fitness rage. But the unique and complicated exercises have achieved their status for good reason: They work. PILATES promises increased muscle strength, flexibility and an overall improvement in your carriage that’ll have you routinely mistaken for someone renowned – or at least someone who is supremely self-confident.”

From The Weekly Times Newspaper, “Achieve a heal their body"

Pilates exercise is a no-sweat routine to improve posture, tone and strength.

“Its giving Yoga a run for its money and can be credited with giving people back a pain free and better looking and healthier body” says Lorraine Deck, instructor and founder of PILATES 4 You.

“Pilates targets the abdominals big-time which is one of the reasons why it is so popular – you achieve a flat stomach without having to do hundreds of stomach crunches. Plus the exercises give you greater control of your pelvic muscles. You can put them to use in whichever way you choose!” says Lorraine.

“Just a few lessons can result in people regaining their self-confidence. They hold themselves more upright, look stronger and slimmer because they learn to stand properly. Participants often remark that headaches, back pain and other complaints disappear after they have started Pilates.

This is a wonderful way to strengthen and tone your body, reduce stress and eliminate back pain. It is not difficult or demanding – the unique, easy stretching and strengthening exercises are easy to learn.”

From The Manly Daily Newspaper, “Get those flat abs and tone up, no sweat"

PILATES exercise is a no-sweat routine to improve posture, tone and strength, says instructor and founder of PILATES 4 You, Lorraine Deck.

“Pilates targets the abdominals big-time which is one of the reasons it is so popular. You achieve a flat stomach without having to do hundreds of stomach crunches. Plus the exercises give you greater control of your pelvic muscles” she said.

“Just a few lessons can result in people regaining their self confidence. They hold themselves more upright, look stronger and slimmer because they learn to stand properly.”

“Generous health fund rebates apply for pilates,” she added,

From The Sydney Weekly Courier, “Pilates is just for you”

Want to look lean, sexy and Healthy?

Most of us do, and according to instructor Lorraine Deck, PILATES 4 You is helping Sydneysiders do just that.

“The exercise system improves posture, makes the joints more flexible, tones the muscles and increases balance and poise” Ms Deck said.

“No other method can change your shape so dramatically, and so permanently, and make you look absolutely fantastic.”

“People are fed up with pumping, jumping, straining and sweating and want an exercise that delivers consistent results without putting their body through the pain barrier”

Pilates exercises are performed from a reclining, sitting or standing position in a calm environment.

PILATES 4 You takes a holistic approach and aims to train the mind to control the body,” Lorraine Deck said.

Based on eight principles; relaxation, concentration, alignment, breathing, centring, coordination, flowing movements and stamina, pilates is said to work by actually changing the way you use your entire body.

“It transforms the way you move by redressing imbalances and altering movement patterns. Exercises are centred around the abdomen which is used as an anchor from which the body can be stretched.

From The Manly Daily Newspaper, “Lean, Sexy and Healthy"

PILATES 4 You is helping hundreds of northern beach locals create the shape they want - lean, sexy and healthy, says instructor Lorraine Deck.

"The system improve posture, makes the joints more flexible, tones the muscles and increases your balance and poise", Lorraine said.

Not surprisingly, it has been the dancer's exercise secret for years. No other method can change your shape so dramatically and so permanently and make you look fantastic. People are fed up with pumping, jumping, straining and sweating and want an exercise that delivers consistent results without putting their body through the pain barrier," she said.

Exercises are performed from a reclining, sitting or standing position in a calm environment. PILATES 4 You takes a holistic approach and aims to train the mind to control the body, says Lorraine.

"Based on eight principles: relaxation, concentration, alignment, breathing, centring, coordination, flowing movements and stamina, PILATES is said to work by actually changing the way you use your body". Lorraine said.

"It transforms the way you move by redressing imbalances and altering movement patterns. Exercises are centred around the abdomen which is used as an anchor from which the body can be stretched.".

From SHAPE Magazine, USA, “The power of Pilates get long, get strong, get lean."

Until recently, PILATES was the exclusive domain of two groups: dancers, who could understand and appreciate the fundamental principles on which PILATES is based, and the wealth elite, who could afford the private instruction. Today rich and famous bodies are dropping the word as frequently as they drop their gold cards….People are ready to be challenged, mentally and physically. The trend is towards workouts that recognize the mind-body connection.”

From The Manly Daily Newspaper, “Pilates is for young and old."

With classes filled with people of all ages from 14 to 80 years, it's not surprising that instructor Lorraine Deck, founder of PILATES 4 You, has a few words on the subject. "PILATES classes are a great way to bring people together. It's for everyone, for all ages and all levels of fitness," Lorraine said.

And Lorraine is obviously qualified to speak on the benefits of PILATES. She has studied anatomy and physiology, has a diploma in remedial and Swedish massage and has trained many participants in PILATES, aerobics, weights and fitness. "With PILATES 4 You, I have combined all my experience and training," Lorraine said.

In reinforcing her claim to the benefits of PILATES, Lorraine points out that doctors and physiotherapists often refer patients to PILATES 4 You as part of sports and injury rehabilitation. Even a few lessons can result in people regaining their self-confidence. They hold themselves more upright, look stronger and slimmer because they learn to stand properly.

Participants often remark that headaches, back pain and other complaints disappear after they have started PILATES. "PILATES is a wonderful way to strengthen and tone your body, reduce stress and eliminate back pain. It's not difficult or demanding. Our unique, easy stretching and strengthening exercises are easy to learn."

The number in each class is restricted; an important factor which ensures personal attention, safety and comfort.”

From MEN’S HEALTH Magazine, USA “Hot Workout"

It is a mind-body-conditioning program that produces dramatic improvements in posture, strength and body shape. Some Guys just want to bulk up, but PILATES makes you a lot leaner and much more symmetrical, while taking inches off the waist and gives you that six-pack look you’ve always wanted”