Members in the spotlight – Sarah explains why variety is the Pilates exercise spice

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Pilates exercise programs can be as fun, interesting and as challenging as you want. As you’ll discover with our next member in the spotlight, Sarah.


While other forms of exercise may lose their appeal, you can always find something to entertain when you choose Pilates based exercise.


Find out more now as Sarah explains why she enjoys Pilates exercise program, Body Beyond Birth


Sarah’s story

I am 38 years old. I live and work in Sydney. I enjoy travel, yoga and reading, particularly biographies and mysteries. I am ritualistic about my morning walk & meditation.  They ground me.


And I’ve just had my first baby as of January 2018.


I was first introduced to Pilates via illness. It was part of my rehabilitation program more than 13 years ago. I have major muscle loss in my left quad and right arm.


Sarah and Body Beyond Birth

I first heard about Body Beyond Birth through a friend. She had achieved great results using the Pilates exercise program.


I was initially apprehensive as I previously attended Pilates classes at studios. I had my doubts about whether I would be motivated to do an online program at home. This changed once I got started.


Prior to pregnancy, I completed the level 1 and 2 Pilates exercise programs. I switched to pre-natal program during my pregnancy.


Having tried 2 of the three levels of the Body Beyond program and the pregnancy program, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 programs. The videos are easy to follow and there is minimal equipment needed.  There is a good variety of classes, so you never get bored. And with the Pilates workouts only being 20 minutes in length, it’s an achievable program.


During the later stages of my pregnancy, the 20-minute program at home was just perfect. I saved on travel time to and from a studio class. And I continued the workouts right up till the day before my bub arrived.


Together with my daily walks, the Pilates workouts helped me to build strength, especially in my core. It helped ease aches and pains, and I believe it’s contributed to a quick recovery, post birth.



Plans for Body Beyond Birth recipe section

To be honest, I haven’t really used the recipe part of the program as I have very specific dietary requirements. I have done a lot of work with my diet to help manage my lupus. AS a result, my diet is primarily plant based with fish and I have tended to stick to my regular recipes.


Now that I am on maternity leave however, I plan to pop in and check out the recipes and start to try some new ones!


What’s your favourite exercise?

My favourite are the pelvic floor exercises. Especially the exercises featured throughout the post-natal program. I found the reminders to do my pelvic floor exercises very useful!


I have a love/hate relationship with the side-lying leg exercises, in particular “the clam”. They are tough and challenging, but they get results!


Want to see Sarah’s results with the Body Beyond Birth Pilates exercise program? Check them out for yourself!