Meet Pilates Nerd, Chantal de Rolf
Pilates... to me it's so much more than just a form of exercise. Pilates enables me to constantly keep learning, moving and thinking, and is very much a way of life. It's is a way for me to express myself and to help others reach their goals, both physically and mentally and I simply love being inspired by it!
My Pilates journey began at age 15 to help enhance my ballet training. From the start, I enjoyed being challenged, not only from a strength point of view, but also loved the precision and technique behind each exercise and movement. Five years later, I decided to enter the instructing realm of Pilates through PilatesITC and have never looked back. Each studio I have worked at, I was able to learn and grow from, and now, I'm thrilled to run my very own studio on the Gold Coast, Invigorate Pilates, where I try to help others fill their lives with energy... and where I am able to maintain my 'Pilates Nerd' status with ease.
I am very passionate about spreading awareness of the benefits of Pilates. We all know how important exercise is for our bodies but I hope to continue sharing how crucial it is for our minds as well. Through Alzheimer's Australia QLD, my fundraiser, "Invigorate the Mind" (which I intend to be an annual event) was established for this very reason. This year during Brain Health Week, we were able to raise funds through donators participating in a Pilates mat class. It absolutely ticks all the right boxes from helping people with memory, balance, coordination, maintaining a routine, increased blood flow, social interaction and release of endorphins. Here's to "Invigorate the Mind 2017!"
I look forward to many more years of instructing, being inspired by the work of Joseph Pilates, other instructors and my clients and always endeavour to have a giggle along the way.