Siobhan Lynch

After the worst of COVID passed by and the government allowed gyms to reopen, Siobhan decided to look for something to improve her health and deal with some stressful changes in her life. 

Nearly two years later, she is still going strong! 

"Turn up to class as often as time/money will allow - I've never regretted turning up to class, but I've definitely been super bummed when I've had to miss a class."



Q – What was happening in your life when you decided to try Pilates?

I was 10 months into my new (and current) role as my mum’s primary caregiver following a life changing stroke. It was an incredibly stressful time (with COVID-19 providing an added challenge), so I decided I needed to find some time just for me to help manage my stress. Also, I’m not very flexible, so I thought pilates might be helpful.

Q – When you were searching where to go, what made The Pilates Klinik stand out for you?
It was easy choosing the Pilates Klinik. My friend Leanne was already a member, and she couldn’t recommend the Pilates Klinik highly enough, so on her recommendation alone, I joined.
Q – What was the obstacle that almost prevented you from starting? 
I was concerned about having the time to attend classes, so I specifically joined when I was on annual leave from work to give myself the time to get into a routine that would be sustainable when I returned to work. After my first private session with Jacinta, I already knew I loved it, so I had no hesitation in jumping right in…

Q – What have you been able to achieve since starting? What improvements have you noticed?

I really like having 2 hours (2 classes) every week where my mind is totally in the moment concentrating on all the pilates moves – I have found it really calming and very beneficial in managing stress. My body as a whole is definitely stronger; I now know I have obliques (thanks Linda); and my posture has improved as I’m more aware of my body position when sitting and standing. I’m a bit more flexible too.

Q – What has exceeded your expectations since joining?

I didn’t really have any expectations. That said, the teaching staff/instructors are all excellent in their own way, and I’ve definitely picked up useful tips from each and every one of them, which helps me with my pilates practice.

Q – If there’s one word you could use to describe your experience with us, what would it be and why? 
Community. There is always a welcoming vibe, and absolutely no pressure to be anything other than yourself, and that makes me feel like I belong at the Klinik.
Q – What is your favourite exercise or movement and why?
That’s easy…short spine. It feels so relaxing, and I find it soothing/calming for the body and soul.
Q – What is your least favourite exercise or movement and why? 
Definitely Jumpboard. It’s too bouncy and feels like I’m running laying on my back…and I hate running, I’d rather miss a bus or train than run 🙂
Q – What advice would you give to someone just starting their own Pilates practice as a new member at The Klinik?
Don’t compare yourself to others, and just get on with your own practice. Don’t worry if you can’t do all or any of the moves – you’ll definitely get better in time and maybe even surprise yourself that you’re capable of more than you think. Turn up to class as often as time/money will allow – I’ve never regretted turning up to class, but I’ve definitely been super bummed when I’ve had to miss a class.
Q -Is there anything else that you would like to comment on or say about our staff, community or business?
I want to give a big shout out to Linda. Linda has a really warm and calming style, which I find soothing for helping with my stress, and she has been massively encouraging in helping me learn and grow on my pilates journey.