SARSHA CASSIDY SHARES HER PASSION FOR FITNESS, FASHION, LIFESTYLE AND ALL THINGS HORSE RACING!

Sunday, 18 August 2019

PEACHES PILATES


Setting goals for me is really important. Whether it's work goals, health & fitness goals or whatever it may be.
Working towards a goal will give you a sense of meaning and purpose. It will also put you in the direction you want to be in, which will ultimately make you happy!

You might recall that earlier this year I shared a number of my personal goals for 2019 on my Instagram. One of my goals was to try a Pilates class. After posting this goal on my page, so many people suggested that I should try Peaches Pilates!

ABOUT PEACHES

Peaches Pilates is a collection of boutique Pilates and fitness studios founded by Managing Director Tori
Clapham out of a small space in Bondi.

“ The first version of Peaches actually started on Tori’s living room floor where a small group of girls would come for an early morning workout. This mentality has remained with Peaches to the current day. We want all our spaces to be as warm and welcoming as our own living room.”

Bec Chidiac is the head trainer and director of studio operations and will get you into the best pilates shape of your life!

“Her endless energy, in depth training knowledge and fitness experience make her an expert on the day to day operations of running a studio.”

Chris Hole develops and manages the systems and processes that keep our business model moving forward.

“He has worked with some of Australia’s
biggest brands for over 10 years including Virgin, Myer, Toyota, McDonalds and more.

WHY PEACHES?


The first thing I did was jump on the Peaches Pilates Instagram @peachespilates and scrolled through their photos, which capture some of the classes they offer.
This really gave me an idea of the overall vibe. I was immediately drawn to the unique culture of Peaches, which is more like a social community than just a regular gym class.

I also noticed that it wasn't your usual feed with the perfect girl posing with the perfect outfit with the perfect abs- it has depth and realness that is really welcoming.

The quotes that are posted on the Instagram also grabbed my attention, including:

"No one is going to stand up at your funeral and say, She had a flat tummy and a thigh gap". & "Real Bodies"
 and "Tag a peach you're f@cking proud of".

Something I absolutely LOVE is their mission statement being MPFFA’ meaning ‘Make People feel fucking awesome!’

It was clear to me that the Peaches Team are REAL and relatable which is very rare to find these days on Instagram and in the fitness world.

I also love that Peaches gives back to the community by donating clothes and personal care items to Sydney’s displaced and encourage to give back. They also provide community charity walks to raise awareness about domestic violence.

I have attached a link below so you can stay tuned for their latest initiative!

https://www.peachespilates.com/bondicommunity



WHAT DOES PEACHES OFFER?

Peaches offer a range of classes including: pilates, boxing, barre, yoga, HIIT, weights and cardio. They also offer classes that are a safe option if you are pregnant and some classes that are just for mums and bubs.

I love that Peaches offers you so much more than just the classes including delicious recipes and community support that you can access through their Peaches instagram account.

 They also offer an online workout that you can purchase if you would prefer to do a workout from home or would like a workout program for a vacation.


One thing that really stood out to me was the ‘Peachy Vaccay’, which involves workouts, goal setting and cooking classes while on an amazing retreat in Hawkesbury, at a place called Yanada.

The best part about the retreat is that you will also enjoy wine tasting, cheese pairing and of course a sleep in the next day. Peaches Pilates is all about balance & it’s so refreshing!


MY EXPERIENCE


CLASS. 1 – H.I.I.P

I chose the 'H.I.I.P (High intensity Interval Pilates) which is a circuit based class that includes classic Pilates moves at a higher intensity with resistance and speed combining both cardio and strength.

The girls at peaches believe that ‘variety is key’ and that Pilates should be the foundation for your fitness. Any class that is not labeled as a ‘Pilates class’ is designed with the Pilates method in mind, so all of the exercises have the Pilates principals to their core.

This HIIT session took us through various stations where we focused on different areas of the body including walking burpees, walking squats, pilates plates and much more. Although I am used to high intensity training, by the end of the class it really left me sweating!

CLASS. 2 – PEACHES PILATES

My second class was ‘Peaches Pilates’ which is a total body toning mat Pilates class which focuses on your core, legs and glutes.

Throughout the class, we used a dual grip Pilates ring and a leg weight for strengthening and toning. I have heard amazing things about leg weights but I didn’t realise how much they can impact your work out. For those who are unfamiliar with leg weights, the weight is strapped around one of your ankles while lifting the leg.  I had the shakes by the end of each round!

The class was taken by head trainer and co-owner of Peaches, Bec Chidiac who will guide you through each area and motivate you to keep going! So far, this was my favourite class.

CLASS. 3 – BARRE BURN

This class is an intense workout on the barre incorporating pilates, cardio and ballet basics for a total body sculpting session.

We started the class on the mat with the dual grip Pilates ring to stretch out our legs then it was straight to the barre. The class also incorporates leg weights that will really work your legs and glutes. I personally found this class very challenging as I was using muscles I’m not used to focusing on.

  

CLASS. 4 – MONSTER ABS

If you are anything like me, I tend to avoid doing abs at all costs!
When I started with Peaches, one of my goals was to focus on getting my abs back and getting rid of some of the stubborn fat on my stomach. This is one class where I knew I would struggle.

The class was circuit based and I was sweating by the second station. In this class we worked our entire core - abs, transverse abdominis and obliques. If you are looking to tone your tummy, this class is for you.


Starting a new gym or fitness class can be very daunting. The fear of the unknown is what stops people from trying something new. Well I’m here to fill you all in! Peaches has such a welcoming vibe that makes you feel at home from the moment you walk through the door.

The owners of Peaches Pilates have created a realistic approach to fitness and health that is so refreshing. Peaches focuses on changing the mindset around exercise and your relationship with your body that is so important in this day and age with social media flashing the ‘perfect body’ everywhere.

In saying that, the teachers will still kick your butt into the best Pilates shape of your life! Each class will guide you to a fitter & firmer body with some of the best rnb hits.
They also offer an online program for those who are time poor, on holiday or would prefer to comfort of their own home!
Each class incorporates Pilates and focuses on different areas of the body and different levels of intensity. For me, it’s hard to say what class was my favourite but if I had to choose, it would be the classic ‘Peaches Pilates’ class. One of my goals was to strength my core and take the time to focus on my stomach muscles and this class was amazing for me. If you are looking to elongate and strengthen your body, Peaches will help you achieve this.

There are so many reasons why I enjoyed my experience with Peaches. Try a $20 week trial and see for yourself why I have been raving about it!

I have attached the Peaches Pilates link below so try it and DM me if you have any questions and I also want to hear about your personal experience. I bet you love it!


Sarsha x





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