The Movement Lab is a fitting name for the impressive looking Pilates studio situated in the heart of Seapoint.

You only have to walk into the studio to think that some sort of ‘lab work’ must take place there with a long list of equipment including seven reformers, two cadillacs, three stability chairs, two ladder barrels, four spine correctors, ballet barres and every prop imaginable! And Lisa Palmer, owner and founder, is in the science of healthy movement and as the most qualified Instructor Trainer on the African continent; you are bound to receive incredible instruction and training when attending one her classes.

Whether you swear-by your core-burn that you get from your Pilates classes or happen to think that Pilates is just not for you; trying one of the many classes on offer, is well worth it and you may just be surprised at how the creative blend of the power of your mind with the movement of your body makes for an efficient, enjoyable, powerhouse class that is bound to work not just your abs but your entire body as well!

“…you may just be surprised at how the creative blend of the power of your mind with the movement of your body makes for an efficient, enjoyable, powerhouse class that is bound to work not just your abs but your entire body as well!”

What is one of your most popular classes?

Group Reformer and Total Barre Amplified; both done to some great playlists!

What is a ‘signature’ class or move at The Movement Lab?

A fun and unique class are the Group Reformer ‘Jumpboard’ – we have Jumpboard trampolines and regular ‘jumpboards’ which add a fun dimension to the class which incorporates cardio and an intense ab workout!

What is the difference between Group Mat and Group Reformer classes?

Mat classes are mat based and often utilises various props (and we have many!) to really kick it up a notch and get the abs firing!

Reformer classes are equipment based and use springs for resistance, great for toning and making the body lean. The Reformer works the periphery well (arms and legs) and is an incredible piece of equipment (all imported from Canada) which allows us to work the entire body in all planes of motion with one machine!

What class do you think a FitKey member ‘must-try’ first?

I would say it is best to try them all and decide for yourself, one of my favourites is the Saturday 9am Total Barre Amplified class; it is a strong, dynamic and powerful class done to great music!

What advice would you give to someone that has never done Pilates before and would like to try it out?

Try starting with the Mat classes first; to get the core strong, before moving onto the equipment based classes.

What are some of your ‘guilty-pleasure’ foods?

I have a healthy relationship with food so I don’t really feel guilty as I am generally a healthy eater but I do LOVE pasta and gnocchi!

What don’t people know about you?

I am an animal lover and have 2 cats named Sally and Felix aka Fifi!

Share with us something quirky or fun about what goes on at your studio?

Sometimes clients bring their dogs to the studio so they can ‘hang out’ and we have put my great Grandmothers beautiful vintage fruit bowl outside and filled it with water for the birds to drink and bathe in.

 

This article originally appeared on Fitkey’s blog, written by Tamrin Feldman.

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