Welcome to Kirsty Anderson's Active8 Pilates and Personal Fitness website.
"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body.
If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old.
If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young."
Joseph Hubertus Pilates
Pilates targets the deep postural muscles and works by building strength from the inside out, re-balancing the body by bringing it into correct alignment.
Pilates is a measured and controlled approach using low impact exercises which look to improve the body's flexibility and stamina as well as developing its strength and endurance.
Kirsty began working in the fitness industry in 1995 teaching a variety of group fitness classes and developed her experience and qualifications over the years to include personal training and sports massage.
She undertook her
Pilates training with the Energywise Academy in Edinburgh in 2006 and over the last 8 years has worked her experience and qualifications up to Level 3 as recognized by Skills Active and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals).
She has taught and worked with clients at venues and gyms in Ayrshire, Australia, Manchester, Edinburgh and West Lothian, relocating back to Ayrshire in '08.
"I have personally loved the benefits
Pilates has brought to me through all my pregnancies and in improving my technique and ability in other fitness disciplines. Not to mention the relaxation!"
Pilates classes are mat based and numbers are limited to a max of 12.
This is to ensure participants can be properly guided and observed.
My role is to work around the class assisting clients achieve alignment and perform exercises safely and effectively offering alternatives and progressions.
Pilates is a physical fitness program developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century.
His method Contrology involves his 8 Pilates Principles:
Proper Alignment / Centering / Concentration / Control / Precision / Breathing / Flowing Movement.
Participants report feeling taller and lengthened after a class, less tense in the shoulders and reduced/relief of back discomfort.
Generally more relaxed and less stressed
With our current lifestyles becoming ever more sedentary, and where we spend our lives hunched over computers, slouched on couches or stressed out behind the wheels of our cars, the benefits
Pilates can bring to us as individuals are considerable, among which are:
- Assists general fitness and overall body awareness
- Improves Posture, Balance and Stability
- Back Pain Prevention
- Pregnancy - pre and post natal
- Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention
- Neck and Shoulder Pain Prevention
- Improved Sports Performance (golf/running/athletics/rugby/dance etc)
- The Elderly - posture, flexibility, strength
- Creates a Longer, Leaner body