With minimal equipment required, whole-body burning and both mental and physical benefits, Pilates may just be the ultimate lockdown workout.
“It’s all your body needs – it’s low power and so addictive,” says Sascha Olive Broadsheet.
It is also a training format that is suitable for being online. Enter Olive and her business partner Nicole Clarke Mitchell’s new digital destination Sculpt, which helps Pilates addicts maintain their stomachs, buttocks and senses during lockdown and beyond.
Before lockdown, they operated under the Sculpt by the Sea tab in various studios across Bondi, Tamarama and Rushcutters Bay. The co-founders decided to take the community they had created offline and cater to their Pilates needs online.
“We are proud of our spaciousness and felt it was not easy to tie in to studies in the eastern suburbs,” says Olive. “We wanted to be able to reach more people, give flexibility to those who are busy, and just offer more opportunities for more customers to enjoy the benefits.”
Sculpt offers a variety of live classes throughout the week — it is currently running a spring challenge — but there is also an on-demand library so you can line up for a class when it suits you. Classes are targeted at a range of areas: total body, glutes and slopes, upper body, core and inner thighs. A selection of “back to basics” videos give beginners a glimpse into what on the outside may seem like an unapproachable pastime. Classes can be booked as a one-time fee of $ 12, in packages or as part of recurring memberships.
Olive and Clarke Mitchell both have a background in classical ballet. But far from channeling that discipline’s stiff upper lip into their Pilates practice, they will inject fun into it — while taking a form, control, and technique — first approach.
“Years of classical ballet education give you an eye for technique that is incomparable,” says Clark Mitchell. “We want to make Pilates fun without sacrificing technique and control. We would also bring Jane Fonda energy back and take elitism out of Pilates. In the studio, before Covid, we had a strong element of dance rhythm in our classes, and it was so much fun. Everyone wanted to match their timing and tempo to the music, and it was like a Pilates party. ”