After 40 years service as a police officer, Steve was having difficulty transitioning from the high pressure stressful environment to the so called, “quiet life” of retirement. 

Steve recognised early on that it’s not so easy to just switch off after so many years in that state and looked to find some form of activity that could fill the void in a positive way. At first Steve wasn’t specifically searching for Pilates just some form of exercise to improve his mental wellbeing. 

Once he settled on Pilates, the Klinik stood out for Steve as he jokingly referred to the Perth Watch House as “The Clink” and so, we became the Pilates Clink to Steve. Hey, whatever got him in the door we are thankful for it as Steve is a wonderful human being! 

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

Pilates has filled that mental gap I had since retiring. I now get out of bed with purpose (as I did for the 40 years prior) and attack the day with vigour.
Over the years I’ve heard people talk about the mind body connection and now that I have experienced it first hand, I can vouch that it is real and extremely valuable. I feel physically and mentally great.
Pilates has increased my motivation across the board for my regular domestic type activities as well as my leisure focused ones.

Life is good!

Q – What has exceeded your expectations since joining? 

I joined the Pilates Klinik for mental health reasons but have enjoyed the physical improvements that I have gained along the journey so much…so in effect a double bonus.
Q – What about our business surprised you the most?
The instructors. They are all so knowledgeable, capable and confident. I love the way they tailor their classes so that everyone gets a good workout. No one is too much trouble or not worth special attention, there’s such a genuine care for every individual. 
Q – How would you describe your experience in one word?
“Life changing”. Sorry I know this is 2 words but it sums up perfectly my journey since I started with you guys.
Q – What is your favourite exercise or movement and why? 
Without doubt my favourite is the arc. After a hard session I really enjoy that final movement of going over the arc…such a good stretch and a great feeling!
Q – What is your least favourite exercise or movement and why? 
Anything where my legs are in tabletop. I have a really weak core and my quads get sore holding my legs up. I’ve recently started to focus much more on my lower core to strengthen it. It did take me a while to learn how to isolate appropriate muscles for particular exercises, but I feel like I’ve come a long way. I’m now working my lower core quite hard…and it is coming along.
Q – What advice would you give to someone just starting their own Pilates practice as a new member at The Klinik?
Don’t judge your physicality by looking at others…it’s about you and your body and managing the exercises within your capabilities. Over time you will notice improvements and will enjoy the associated lifestyle benefits.

“I can’t say enough about the staff… everyone is so welcoming, friendly and caring. Collectively they have all been a part of my “post work-life” resurrection…

 I love how much the mind – body connection focus of a Pilates practice has positively impacted Steve’s new stage of life so profoundly. I wish more men were confident enough in themselves to overcome the stigma of Pilates being for women and reap these benefits for themselves as so many are struggling in silence. Steve… you’re a bloody legend and we are so grateful to have your positive vibes in the studio so frequently!