CORE Gymball classes are closely supervised exercise sessions run by a physiotherapist. The classes offer a great general strengthening program for people of all ages and all levels of fitness. We offer both gymball and cardio classes.
CORE Gymball classes focus on strengthening and stretching. The classes offer a variety of resistance bands, weights and exercises to challenge the varying abilities.
Class numbers are restricted to ensure the physios can cater for all levels in the class. From people who are returning to exercise after a long break, or those who have problems with ongoing back or neck pain to the elite athlete. The exercises are made more demanding as you get stronger, and can challenge even the strongest of abdominal muscles.
Don’t worry if you are new to using a gymball – there are lots of ways to make it easier. Class numbers are limited to ensure the exercises are tailored to suit you.
CORE Cardio classes are also run by physiotherapists and are designed to get the heart rate up and get you fitter and stronger in a well-supervised class. The class involves boxing, light-weights and strength work.
Natasha O'Brien, has 11 years experience working in physiotherapy and training. Natasha has a special interest in core stability training and back pain. Natasha has worked with national level athletes and teams, written articles for cycling magazines and coaching manuals and lectured on core stability & gymball exercise. During her career as an elite cyclist, Natasha worked closely with other cyclists and coaches to improve rider strength through gymball training.
Amy Piggott, has a degree in Sport and Exercise Science as well as Physiotherapy. She has experience working as an Exercise Physiologist, as well as working for several years as Gym instructor. Amy is currently working in private practice and has a keen interest in strength and conditioning programs as well as core stability training.
Miriam Hoadley, is a physiotherapist and qualified fitness and pilates instructor. Miriam has taught a wide range of fitness classes and pilates classes. She has experience at the Royal Hospital for Women where she taught pregnancy and post-natal exercise classes
Jenny Opperman, is a physiotherapist with a special interest in exercise prescription and Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. Along with running Core Gymball classes Jenny offers private consults for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Why exercise during pregnancy?
At no point in your life is general fitness more important than during pregnancy and childbirth. A sensible and well-supervised exercise program can benefit you in many ways. The health of your heart and blood vessels can be maintained or even improve during pregnancy. By developing your abdominal muscles and upper body strength you can improve your posture, working to overcome the forward pull of the babies weight. Lower back pain can be eased and prevented by maintaining good strength and mobility. The pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened and “little accidents” can be prevented.
Current evidence shows that exercise is not only safe but beneficial during pregnancy. Not only will you feel better about yourself and be able to control unnecessary weight gain, but you will attain better movement and balance and cope better with the demands of labour.