Why Authentic Pilates
At Authentic Pilates our highly trained and experienced instructors will help you get the best possible results for your body.
Who was Joseph Pilates?
Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. A former boxer, circus performer, self-defence trainer and World War 1 POW, he developed into what can only be described as a fitness visionary. After decades of research, in 1926 he introduced to New York City a method of body conditioning unlike anything health and physical fitness enthusiasts had ever seen.
Instead of focusing on repetitive weight bearing movements, Pilates developed a series of specialised exercises to build strength, control and flexibility. He also designed and developed a series of specialised machines to perform these exercises on. Many of his exercises can be performed on a mat alone. Joseph Pilates taught his method of ‘Contrology’ until 1967, when he died at the age of 86.
Today, the Pilates method has a global following due to the unrivalled results achieved with the method.
Authentic Pilates Instructor Training
In recent years this is more commonly referred to as Romana’s Pilates Instructor Certification and is regarded as the highest quality instructor training programme in the industry.
Romana Kryzanowska worked closely with Joseph Pilates for many years until his death. She preserved the Pilates legacy by travelling the world for six decades educating the next generation of Pilates instructors. The certification programme is comprehensive and involves several hundred hours of theory, observation, practical and written exams.
Romana’s Pilates instructors will teach you much more than just the mat - every student must successfully pass performance assessments on all the key pieces of Pilates equipment. When you are working with a Romana’s Pilates instructor you can be confident you’re getting quality and experience, and not an instructor who achieved certification over a weekend or using a fast tracked approach. Romana’s Pilates instructors will design you a complete workout tailored to your needs and ability.
Romana’s certification programme involves 700 hours; our studio is approved to take an apprentice up to their first 400 hours of observation and assisting certified teachers. Apprentices then need to complete their certification in Auckland or overseas. There are very few certified instructors in New Zealand – at Authentic Pilates Gisborne, we are fortunate to have three.
Authentic Pilates Equipment is based on Joseph's Pilate's original designs and embodies safety and complete comfort for all users. Our studio has the entire range of Authentic Pilates equipment on the market and is one of two fully equipped studios in NZ.
As a new client you will most likely start on the reformer. It is the best piece of equipment for your instructor to assess your body. Reformers are fun to use and work the entire body.
Often our client’s favourite piece of equipment! The Cadillac is designed to stabilise, articulate and stretch the whole body.
Wall Units (3)
These little beauties offer most of the exercises performed on the Cadillac. We now offer Trio Tower Classes on this piece of apparatus.
Wunda Chairs (2)
Our advanced clients love the Wunda Chair. It develops more strength and balance and is fun to use.
The Electric Chair (1)
Don’t be intimidated by this piece of equipment! It’s heavier springs can help its users in many different ways.
An excellent piece of equipment for improving your posture.
Ladder Barrel (1)
For stretching and spinal articulation. There are a few challenging strength exercises you can do on here too.
Baby Chair (1)
The lighter arm springs are excellent for shoulder rehabilitation and our older clients.
Our most fun piece of equipment! There are only 2 in NZ. Some amazing strength and stretch exercises can be done here.
High Mats (2)
These are designed for comfort and incorporate foot straps and bars to increase the efficiency of the mat exercises.
Spine Corrector (1) Small Barrels (3)
These barrels are brilliant for opening tight chests, shoulders and hips.
Mat Class Equipment
Mat classes use magic circles, arm weights, bands and straps. Each of these props assist our mat participants in different ways. While the magic circles provide a more challenging workout the straps provide a more comfortable stretching experience for our tighter clients.