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Perks of pilates no stretch of the imagination

Daniel Bouwmeester    March 6, 2023    2 min read   
Image: Camira Springfield Community Centre.

Springfielders of all shapes and sizes are reaching for – and reaching – their fitness goals at a local popular weekly pilates class held at the Camira Springfield Community Centre.

Every Monday at 10:15am, mats and bodies hit the floor, and according to the organisers, one hour later everyone comes away feeling pumped.

Branka Kukic, who runs the classes, said regular pilates does wonders for improving health, strength, and balance, all very important for people of all ages.

“We have a great and full variety pilates class that works on all levels of fitness.”

“It is a type of strength training exercise that encourages you to work within the limits of your body. There’s also an inherent mindfulness to it, and a lot of breath work, which can help relieve tension and stress.”

The activity is organised by Camira resident and former school teacher June Johnson, a community volunteer from Westside Community Care who is passionate about helping local residents come together and become healthier and happier.

June praised Branka’s “passionate and capable instruction.”

“Branka is a great and passionate teacher whose inviting and vivacious personality is contagious,” June said.

“[She] motivates us to work smarter, providing 3 levels, which accommodates both first timers and regulars.”

All images: June Johnson / Westside Community Care.

Research shows the motivational effect of exercising with friends, June explained. Participating with like-minded people based around community moral support makes it more fun, safe, and comfortable, and altogether increases the likelihood of sticking to the programs.

June also said pilates can help alleviate anxiety and depression and improve cognitive function, which transforms self-esteem.

“So pilates is good for our minds and our bodies, helping people like me ‘switch off’ for an hour.”

“See you there in the side room with your mat, drink bottle, and smile!”

For enquiries, contact June on 0413 013 776. Visit the Camira Springfield Community Centre at 389 Old Logan Road, Camira. Price of entry $5. All proceeds go towards local struggling families.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.