Exercise Review: Pilates Fitness Institute of WA (PFIWA), Beginners Class.

I have a little confession to make…..I am a pilates addict. It all started about 6 months ago when I started to have some trouble with my lower back so a friend with a similar problem recommended Pilates, I signed up and haven’t looked back.

Pilates for the uninitiated is a full body workout that uses precise movement, control, technique and strength. Pilates works from the inside out, giving you a greater understanding of your body. The focal point of each workout is on the core which is your abdominals, lower back and waist to give you strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone. The emphasis is on lengthening and aligning muscles rather than bulking and shortening.

I signed up for a beginner’s course with Pilates Fitness Institute of WA or PFIWA. The classes are one hour lessons twice a week for four weeks, or once a week for an hour and a half for six weeks. All equipment is provided you just need to bring a towel and bottle of water. PFIWA have three locations in Perth; South Perth, Canning Vale and Myaree. The beginner technique class is a prerequisite before commencing any other class.

The class sizes are small, and the instructors are friendly and non-intimidating, they are always available to help you if you have any concerns. There is no age or fitness barrier and variations of each exercise are given for higher or lower levels of fitness or injury.

Initially I was pretty worried as my balance and flexibility is not the greatest, but it’s amazing after just a few short weeks how much I improved. When I started doing the standing spine roll (where you stand, feet should width apart and slowly peel each vertebrae down until can touch the floor with your hands) I couldn’t touch the floor, in fact I was no where near it. Now I can put my whole hands palm down on the floor.

You too can be this hot if you do pilates! (May or may not be an exaggeration)

After finishing the beginners course PFIWA offers several different hour long classes that you can do, which are:
– Full Body Sculpt
– Lower Body Sculpt
– Fitball
– Stretch and Core Balance
– Power and Sculpt
– Basic Sculpt

I walk out of each class refreshed, revitalised and realigned!

Pilates Fitness Institute of WA have locations in Myaree, Canning Vale and South Perth.

Cost : Beginners Technique Class $185
Contact: http://www.pfiwa.com.au for more information.

Review by Hannah, pilates lover and all ’round excellent lass.

Be well,



  1. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    I actually took part in one of these beginners classes a few years ago, unfortunately I didn’t finish it due to laziness / other commitments (can’t recall which!) but it was really well run. I went to the one in Myaree.

    I remember always feeling really bubbly, energetic & happy the day after. I might look into it again soon after reading this, however it might be difficult to drag me away from my yoga classes! Glad you love it Hannah xox

  2. Anna says:

    Hi Annette & Hannah,

    PFI have changed their Beginners structure- now it is a Flexible Beginners Pass instead of a Beginners Course (see http://www.pfiwa.com.au/getting-started/getting-started.aspx for details).

    Also there is now a CBD ‘Reformer Only’ studio which means there are four locations to choose from!

    Anna xx

  3. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks for getting in touch! Feel free to email me too if you want to work together further 🙂 x

  4. Cassandra says:


    I actually have 30 class credits that I’d like to sell if anybody’s interested? I love pilates too, but when I bought these I was working in my Perth office and now I’m not and not likely to in the near future. I’ve also had glandular fever for a few months now, so I don’t often have the energy to go. And I’m one of the few people living in Perth without a car so it’s difficult for me to get to and of the studio’s. I originally bought them on sale for $770, but I’m open to negotiations. If you’re interested please email me at cassvenn@hotmail.com


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