THE PILATES KLINIK
At The Pilates Klinik, we believe that Pilates can transform lives. That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping people of all shapes and sizes feel better, move more comfortably and be more physically capable. We want everyone in our community to enjoy the benefits of Pilates for a lifetime.
Comprehensively certified and experienced instructors
Sessions taught at The Klinik since 2016
The Pilates Klinik is a fully-equipped Pilates studio based in Perth that offers a wide variety of classes as well as clinical private pilates, remedial massage and stretch therapy. It was founded by Michael and Kristen Abbott, a husband and wife team with over 40 years of collective experience in the health and wellness space.
Michael and Kristen have been active their whole lives and love showing others just how powerful and incredible the body they inhabit is. Kristen was a professional dancer for nearly 20 years, and Michael played many sports to a competitive level. Both had to overcome significant injuries along the way, and Pilates was the vehicle for them to regain confidence and heal from those setbacks.
When Michael and Kristen first started doing Pilates, it was more than just a form of exercise; it was a form of healing. And over time, they realised there was no reason they couldn’t make it available to everyone—not just dancers or athletes but regular people who wanted to be healthy. They wanted people around them to feel better, move more comfortably and be more physically capable through the transformational power of Pilates, just as they’ve experienced.
The Abbotts wanted to provide people with an opportunity to explore their bodies in a safe environment that would improve their overall health while having fun at the same time. To do this, they have built an incredible studio that offers everything you need in one place. They have designed The Pilates Klinik studio with high-quality equipment and built a team of instructors who are highly knowledgeable, skilled and passionate about sharing their knowledge.
“As a husband and wife team, we have been helping people through Pilates for 20 years and are very proud of our Joondalup Pilates studio. The Pilates Klinik is the 5th studio we have opened and the largest. We knew we wanted to open a studio unlike anything Perth has ever seen because we knew this was our forever home.”
Being able to partner with people on their journey and watch them become empowered, confident, excited and begin to love Pilates is why they do this – sharing their love of Pilates since 2002.
Our mission is to provide a safe, encouraging and inspiring environment for people to reform their bodies, reclaim their vitality and restore energy through Pilates. We nurture and guide anyone in our studio in developing an enjoyable practice to eliminate pain, reduce stress, and restore function, balance and strength throughout the body.
We work very hard to educate, mentor and retain the best instructors in Perth who go above and beyond for our clients. The Klinik isn’t just somewhere they teach; it’s their home.
Our culture makes everyone feel welcomed and accepted without competitiveness. We encourage and support each other; the community is a massive part of what makes us unique.
We care deeply about every person who chooses to walk into our studio and do our best to personally help them benefit from Pilates, no matter where they are or what they need.
We work hard to educate and encourage everyone to own their practice and take control of the wonderful body they live in. Watching people grow in confidence is our addiction.
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
The Pilates Klinik is not a franchise; it is family owned and operated. And as such, we can ensure the highest level of service and care.
Kristen is a master instructor for Balanced Body. She educates, trains and mentors all of our staff to ensure our instructors are all knowledgeable and experienced and that the quality of the sessions we provide is second to none. Michael’s mum, Robyn, is also the studio manager, so it’s definitely a family affair!
We are different. Our clientele isn’t the typical crowd at most Pilates studios. We don’t have yummy mummies in lululemon everywhere taking selfies for the gram! For us, it’s about helping people feel more empowered in their own bodies, improving how they move and feel, and giving them a community they can belong to.
We are continually amazed by the level of care our staff provide, who go out of their way to help members.
• We offer private lessons at a discounted rate so that members can work directly with an instructor if they need extra assistance in understanding a movement or improving their technique.
• Our instructors often spend extra time working with clients one-on-one after class to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to improve their technique and progress within the studio.
• And we don’t let people jump straight into classes. We offer them an assessment and introductory private session first because we want to give them the care and attention they deserve during their first few sessions at our studio.
We view every client as necessary, not just those who have been with us for years—and this is why we ensure that everyone has an opportunity to develop fundamental movement patterns before moving on to more advanced classes. We are not a “volume” studio. We want to help each member of our community grow and progress through the practice of pilates, and we have the expertise, staff and facilities to do so.
We focus on educating and empowering our clients so that they can take control. This is more important than simply instructing. Our staff members are fantastic because they help clients grow in their mind-body connection, understanding their current limits and how to work with them. This takes more effort and time, but the results are far superior. Clients become empowered and encouraged that they can achieve whatever goals they set for themselves!
We offer accessible, tailored, and affordable classes to all levels. Our schedule has over 60 weekly classes so members can always find a time to suit their busy schedules. We offer both open classes as well as semi-private and private sessions so members can get one-on-one attention if/when issues arise.
One of our studio’s goals is to make sure that there is a class available for everyone, no matter where they are at in their journey. This is why we have seven different class types broken down into different levels and focus.
We charge monthly rather than weekly or fortnightly. This has two benefits: 1) You end up making 12 payments a year rather than 13 with the other structures gyms employ; 2) You can spread your classes throughout the month however you wish rather than being forced to use classes each week. We chose this way because we believe it’s more important to be consistent in the long-term. We don’t want clients to waste money if they have a super crazy week!
We also offer a particular policy for our pregnant members. We don’t require our pregnant members to observe the two-week cancellation policy. We allow them to stop using the studio at any time before their labour, and we hold on to any unused sessions for them until they return. We do this because we love our pregnant members and because we want to support our mums to be. Expecting mothers deserve the best during their pregnancy and we’re here for them. We support our pregnant members and accommodate them as best we can.
Lastly, we offer a “Life Happens Pass”. Our members can miss a reserved class in that month and make it up somewhere else in the same period.
Our studio has high ceilings, lots of natural light, and state-of-the-art equipment. We have Balanced Body equipment and Allegro 2’s, which are extremely popular with our clients. Our space allows for plenty of movement between clients and classes. You won’t feel any other clients getting in your way here!
PRIVATE PILATES ROOM
Our Private room has a full cadillac, a studio reformer, two Allegro 2’s and two chairs. We also have a complete functional zone with kettlebells, an adjustable weight bench, a heavy-duty rig with an explosion ladder, multiple pull-up areas, and gymnastic rings for bodyweight training.
We have two bathrooms: a full disabled-access bathroom with a shower and another single toilet. In addition, our therapy room can be used for remedial massage appointments (HICAPS are available).
GROUP REFORMER ROOM
Our studio room for group classes offers group fitness classes in a spacious room with soundproofing to enhance the music, in-ceiling speakers for surround sound and an oversized fan to keep the air moving. We have 12 Balanced Body Allegro 2 reformers and all the small equipment and props needed to help you transform your body in our luxury facility!
MEET OUR TEAM
Our team comprises experts who specialise in all forms of Pilates, including Mat, Reformer, Chair and Cadillac. We have trained extensively and deeply understand the skills and knowledge to bring about positive long-term change to our client’s overall health and well-being. We are committed to providing a beautiful Pilates experience for our clients in a peaceful and inspiring environment.
Founder, Business Manager & Senior Instructor
Since starting Reforming Indy Pilates studios in 2007, Michael has organised and managed every aspect of the business behind the scenes. He has enjoyed bringing the same high level of customer service and standards to the Pilates Klinik and foster our community of like-minded people who feel like the studio is their second home. Michael has also been mentored by Kristen to become a good instructor in his own right, he enjoys challenging peoples mental barriers as much as their physical and pushes clients to re-imagine what they thought was possible for themselves.
Over the past several years Michael has personally pursued bodyweight and gymnastic training for adults as well as many different modalities of flexibility which he incorporates into his teaching.
“We’ve been gifted with these phenomenal machines that are capable of so much more than just transporting our brains around, to me, exploring that potential is the most enjoyable and fun thing there is!”
Founder & Master Instructor
With over 20 years experience as a dancer, Kristen began Pilates instruction with a unique advantage for training clients. With an amazing eye and understanding of how the body moves, Kristen quickly evolved into a master trainer having studied one of Pilates’ most recognized accreditation through the Physical Mind Institute she went on to become comprehensively certified through Balanced Body and the Pilates Method Alliance. As a faculty member for Balanced Body education, Kristen has taught and mentored dozens of Pilates professionals and has always been a strong believer in passing on her knowledge and experience to her own instructors, to maximize the experience for everyone who tries Pilates. Kristen is recognised at the Australia Pilates associations highest level.
“Pilates transforms lives, when someone is ready and willing to change, there is no better modality to heal, strengthen and grow. I’ve seen it happen a thousand times and it will never become less rewarding or amazing to be apart of”
Having managed many different organisations in multiple industries, Robyn has a heart for customer service, organisation and excellence. Being Michael’s Mum only adds to her Passion to see the Pilates Klinik be the very best it can be for its community of clients.
As a long time dancer who has been teaching younger kids for years, Jacinta naturally took to commanding the class room with her energetic vibes! Her natural mind-Body connection from a lifetime in dance helped Jacinta become a great teacher very quickly, her clients love how she explains everything she should be feeling to help them deepen their own practice while always keeping it challenging, fun and varied.
“Watching people become aware of how much more they are capable of is so rewarding and fun to see”
Senior Pilates Instructor
I have always had a love for fitness, but after having two children, my body wasnt responding well to the running and hiit workouts i was use too. I stumbled across an online pilates mat challenge and thought id give it a go. I instantly fell in love with the exercises, the way it made me feel and my body responded really well to the workouts. I soon found the Pilates Klinik and gave reformer classes a go. I was amazed at how awesome I was feeling from these low impact classes on the Reformer, I soon decided I wanted to learn all about pilates and teach others this amazing form of exercise. I enrolled with Kristen to do the Balanced Body teacher training and absolutely loved it! Now teaching at the studio, I get to share my love of pilates with the many clients that come to our classes.
Karen started doing Pilates in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Living with intermittent pain from an old back injury for years, Karen experienced, with regular Pilates, a significant reduction in pain and fell in love! Following that Karen started Polestars mat training certification program.
After returning to Australia, Karen decided to take on the comprehensive training course at Pilates Klinik.
“I love teaching, particularly one-on-one, to this end I am now studying for a Clinical Pilates Diploma to extend my range of skills and knowledge. This will allow me to confidently work with a much broader range of clients experiencing pain and injury. I am now also completely pain free!
There are many different forms of movement out there but in order to engage regularly in it you have to love it! I hope pilates will become your joy too”
Gillian was a gymnast and dancer from a young age as well as going on to teach fitness and dance classes. This background made it easy for Gillian to take what she learnt through her comprehensive certification with Kristen and begin teaching Pilates. Before finding pilates, Gillian battled bone cancer in her left leg which required multiple surgeries and nearly 10 years.
“Finding Pilates when I was looking to heal and find myself was perfect timing. Being able to teach again and share this method of healing and strengthening is my passion now”
Before having children of her own, Paula was a PE teacher in schools so is very skilled at leading a group of people! As one of the strongest clients herself, Paula is awesome at pushing her classes to reach new heights and unlock some of the harder movements. With a lifelong passion for fitness, Paula loves seeing our clients challenge themselves and achieve far more than they thought possible.
After working for 10 years as a swim school supervisor teaching children, adults and Instructors important life skills through moment in the water she was after a career change. Megan had always had a passion for fitness and sports and knew her new career path needed to incorporate it. It was suggested by a family member she look into Reformer Pilates and after a bit of research found The Pilates Klinik Instructor Training Course.
“Meeting with Kristen I felt an instant connection to her and the studio. I had lost my Mother in 2016 to Motor Neurons (MND), seeing her body waste and no longer function the way it was made too was very impactful. I realised how important it was to love your body, not for how it was when we were 16 or 23 or 45 but for what it is right now. Being in your body and in the moment. Experiencing what Pilates meant to Kristen and seeing the benefits it can have for fitness and Rehabilitation, I knew our values allied and I was hooked.”
Linda’s love for pilates was rekindled when needing to heal from headaches, neck and lower back pain. Having benefited so much, Linda was keen to learn more about how the body moves and how to help others benefit from pilates. Now ending her instructor course with Kristen, she is bringing her knowledge, experience and passion for pilates together with her love for helping people.
“I love talking, listening and working with people to accomplish their goals. It’s so satisfying to help people feel better in their own bodies and have a positive mental outlook.”
Rhianne’s journey with Pilates is an inspiration to anyone feeling hopeless. In the beginning, every session was painful, nearly all exercises were regressed to their most basic form with less resistance. Session by session, Rhianne built strength, stability and control. The progress fed her determination and hope until she was no longer in pain!
Her passion for Pilates led to pursuing Teacher Training with Kristen and now, she helps others experience the same results and freedom Pilates has given her.
That same passion has transformed Rhi inside and out, she especially loves working one on one with clients to help them experience the same transformation she has found.
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