Optimal Fitness Clinical Pilates

Pilates is amazing for injuries and rehab work but it can also enhance performance in the sport and exercise that you love.

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A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.” Joseph Pilates

We are running and cycling and climbing. Kilometres of straining the body. The repetitive nature of the sport can often lead to injuries. Therefore, every athlete should work on proper muscle balance as the slightest imbalance can lead to problems. Athletes mostly think about having strong legs in order to prevent injuries, but what about the centre of our body – our core. In Pilates we define the core as the superficial and deep abdominal muscles as well as the glutes and the back muscles. All our movements originate from the core. In running especially, posture plays an important role in performance. If you lean too far forward it can impact form and performance negatively. A study* in 2018 found that running performance was improved by doing Pilates exercises.

Pilates works on all the big and also small muscles people never knew existed. Therefore, every athlete should include Pilates into their workout routine.

In summary the benefits of Pilates for an athlete are:

  • Improve core strength
  • Develop postural control
  • Enhance flexibility where it matters and increase stability where you need it
  • Delay fatigue
  • Reduce injury
  • Enhance performance

Why Choose Optimal Fitness Clinical Pilates

Why Choose Gillian Duncan

Podiatrist (Bsc Pod Med, MRes Biomech)

I am passionate about helping people enjoy life and achieving their goals. It is important to your health and mental well- being to stay active and exercise regularly.
A keen runner and swimmer I also enjoy golf and Pilates.

I obtained my first degree in Podiatric Medicine in Edinburgh and proceeded to complete my Postgraduate research degree titled Biomechanics of Anterior knee pain in runners (MRes).
I have over 15 years of experience in both hospital and private practice specialising in MSK foot and ankle conditions.
I focus on movement education in pain and injury management and also teaches Pilates at Optimal Fitness. I am an APPI certified pilates teacher and teach mat pilates, HIIT pilates and pre- and post natal pilates. I also teach pilates for runners here at Optimal which is an 8 week intensive course to help with flexibility, core activation and strength, single leg balance work and muscle imbalances. Practising Pilates  before, during and after an injury can help you keep doing the sport and exercise that you love!

Whatever your issue, I will work collaboratively with you and the team at Optimal Therapy to help find solutions and get you back on your feet!

Why choose Juliane Boljahn

Physiotherapist (BH Physiotherapy, MSc Sportsphysiotherapy)

From childhood to date I have always been engaged in sports. This passion combined with my interest in medicine encouraged me to specialize in sports physiotherapy. Being a physiotherapist for the past ten years I have treated a wide range of patients from professional athletes, to recreational and non-athletes. I enjoy working with active people, aiding them to get back on track after injury and helping them reach their full potential, as well as helping to prevent injuries.

As part of my professional development I chose to become a Pilates Instructor in 2019. I believe that everybody – athlete, office-worker or couch-potato – needs to have a strong midsection. The core is the foundation of our body therefore I try to educate and train people based on the contemporary Pilates concept in order to be strong in this essential part of the body. I teach the basic concepts of Pilates on the mat and try to challenge my patients/clients on the Pilates Reformer or Pilates Stability Chair. Furthermore, being a pre-and post natal trained instructor I enjoy teaching this special population of pregnant women and mums as well. This overlaps well with my newly found interest in women’s health physiotherapy especially for the ladies that want to exercise during or after pregnancy.


Class Schedule

Pre & Post Natal Pilates

Sunday 5:30-6:30pm

Wednesday 10:30-11:30am

Therapy Pilates

Monday 5-6pm (online)

Tuesday 11:30-12:30pm

Wednesday 2-3pm (online)

Thursday 7:30-8:30am

General Pilates

Sunday 7-8pm

Monday 9:30-10:30am

Tuesday 8:30-9:30am

Saturday 8:45-9:45am

Pilates for Runners

Sunday 11:30-12:30am

Tuesday 7:15-8:15am

Individual Pilates Sessions

upon request with a therapist