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[from p125] Using her background in dance and Pilates, plus conventional
training methods, Sarah creates a program tailored to each client. If a Power
Plate is available, she can use this in her sessions as well, as she’s a trained
instructor. However, she says it’s a trend that hasn’t really taken off in Perth
yet, but is popular overseas (see below for details).
In her sessions, one-on-one or with a few friends, you won’t do dozens
of chin-ups. “I like to use a lot of dance if the person likes. Like a cardio
combination, just jumps and twists and pliés and holding the leg up... and
trying to fuse it with Pilates and yoga instead of just, ‘Right, here are the
big metal things – let’s see how much we can lift up’,” she says. “I want to
create long, lean muscles for you, boost your energy levels and make you look
and feel fantastic.” She helps clients focus on what muscles they’re trying to
engage, with the goal of inspiring them to become independent and move on
to whatever style of exercise they prefer while applying what they’ve learned.
At 19, she moved from Canada to London, where she studied at a musical
theatre school, with Pilates, ballet and jazz on the curriculum. But gradually
her passion for fitness started to overtake her love of performing. “I was
more interested in helping out fellow students lose weight for an upcoming
show or helping some of the guys get a six pack,” she says.
After graduating, she performed in musicals, including Sweet Charity in the
West End, but then switched tracks to qualify as a personal trainer. She trains
men and women, but finds women, in particular, respond well to her style.
She can help clients plan a diet, and moderation is her philosophy. Other
keys are being informed, so they can make healthier choices and clear goals.
She prefers sessions of an hour, so there’s time for “a proper warm up,
a proper session, a proper beautiful stretch and cool down, and to talk about
the plan”. The price is from $70 an hour. Sarah’s style won’t suit everyone,
so to find a suitable registered personal trainer, contact Fitness Australia. S
Sarah Devlin 0431 365 342, sarahdevlin.com; Fitness Australia 1800 885 560,
startexer cising .com .au .
o, tell me what you want, what you really, really want”... the Spice
Girls made it sound easy, but sometimes it’s not so simple to work
out what you actually want. Enter the life coach. This professional
will help you uncover what it is, so you can bring it into your life.
Life coach Katie Gallagher of Mint Coaching, who’s coached
everyone from TV producers to business owners, has some new ways to help
you live a more satisfying life in 2011. Katie’s been coaching since 1998. She
was resident coach for British reality TV series Inch Loss Down Under filmed in
WA in 2006, and has given ‘life tips’ regularly on Perth’s ABC radio.
Katie says a life coach can help you discover what your needs, priorities
and values are so you can make changes to ensure your lifestyle is in sync with
them. She can also help reveal your unconscious motivations. The coach asks
the client powerful questions. This makes them think “outside the realm of
normal thinking to make them come up with their own answers”.
Patterns may become evident. “Light bulb moments will come up – I’ve
had people make radical shifts in their life,” Katie says. A ‘shift’ could be
anything from responding to situations in a more constructive way to making
more time for your family, changing jobs or leaving an unhealthy relationship.
Life coaches work with people generally considered successful. “We take
them from good to very good to exceptional,” K atie says. Psychological
therapy is more suitable for some clients, and others are coached while also
seeing a therapist. Costs at Mint Coaching start from $100 for a session. In
February, she will hold a Resolution Recharge seminar in February to focus
on getting your New Year’s resolution right so you can actually achieve it.
Katie works mainly with professional women aged 25-40. To find a coach who’s right for
you, she sug gests visiting the website of the Inter national Coach Federation, which has a
globally recognised, independent cr edentialling program – you can find members in WA
on the site. Mint Coaching 0422 248 872, Katie@mintcoaching .com, mintcoaching .com;
Inter national Coach Federation coachfederation.or g .
POWER ON A PLATE
SARAH DEVLIN EXPLAINS WHY THIS EUROPEAN
FITNESS TREND IS THE NEXT BIG THING FOR PERTH
Courteney Cox loves it. And so does Hilary Swank. Now that’s
two glowing endorsements for the Power Plate. This equipment
is a range of vibrating machines that, according to Power Plate
Australia, use the principles of Acceleration Training to stimulate
the body’s natural response to vibration. Using them can increase
muscle strength and flexibility very quickly.
“They developed it at first for the astronauts because when you
go out into outer space you lose muscle mass and bone density,
so they originally made it to regain that,” Sarah says.
She explains that you use the Power Plate as a platform on
which to do exercises – it makes the muscles contract much faster
than they would otherwise. “I think it’s brilliant,” she says.
She says in Europe football teams and physiotherapists started
to use it, “then it hit mainstream”. They come in smaller sizes for
the home and bigger styles for the gym. Sarah doesn’t have one
of her own yet, but if you have one still in its box, she can help you
use it. The Perth Pilates Studio in North Perth also offers private
and group lessons in its use.
Power Plate Australia, powerplate.com.au; The Perth Pilates
Studio (08) 9227 6641, pilatesstudio.com.au .
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