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Pilates classes

Pilates is a dynamic conditioning form of exercise, which specifically targets our deep, core muscles. Core muscles are also referred to as your core stability. Pilates and core stability go hand in hand. Core stability muscles include deep abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles. Pilates is named after its inventor, the late Joseph Pilates. In his youth, he was a sickly child, he overcame physical illness by studying exercise rehabilitation and he developed his own form of exercise, which we now recognised as Pilates.

Corporate Classes

Can’t get to Pilates? Let Pilates Olive Keyes come to you.
I am uniquely placed as a freelance Pilates instructor in Athlone and surrounding areas, which gives me the freedom to come to you in your company/workplace. I'm a fully qualified, professional Pilates instructor with experience in the Health and Fitness industry, having obtained an (MA) in Health Science from NUIG, where I researched: Occupational Health, Healthy Workplace Strategies, Healthy Supportive Environments, Health Promotion Environmental Strategies along with aspects in Ergonomics.

I continue to up-skill and engage in ongoing professional Pilates training with the ‘Balanced Body faculty’ and Pilates Performance college, where I’ve gained worldwide recognised qualifications. I'm also the only Pilates instructor in the Midlands as a 'Wellness Expert' with Laya Healthcare, Spectrum health, with specific emphasis on Occupational Health and Health promoting wellness programmes for workplaces/companies. I’m currently delivering Occupational Health and Ergonomics programs in several workplaces/companies in Athlone and the surrounding Midlands region.

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Back pain and injury prevention

From the new Beginner to the Elite Athlete, Olive caters for all levels and abilities. She has been involved in Athletics throughout her life, from participating in Pentathlons, Triathlons, Half Marathons and 10kms, both nationally and internationally across the world. Along the way Olive picked up injuries and from this, became aware of the benefits of Pilates. She learned how Pilates is a great tool to assist, or accelerate a physiotherapy program when coming back from an injury.

  • Neck & Back Pain/ Pathologies

  • Spinal Injuries / Back Injuries

  • Hip / Joint Problems

  • Parkinsons

  • Pre / Post Surgery

  • Joint, muscle and postural issues

  • Sciatica

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Osteoporosis

  • Arthritis

  • Weight Loss

  • Scoliosis

  • Asthma

  • Stroke

  • Pre/post natal (e.g. c. section, Diastasis Recti)

Pilates for Sports

The Pilates method Olive Keyes delivers focuses on engaging the deep core muscles, strength, posture, spinal mobility and flexibility. For those involved in Sports will create better movement patterns and decrease the chance of re-aggravating old injuries along with preventing new ones. Not only that, but Pilates is used among athletes and sports people alike to help achieve optimal performance and get the most out of their bodies.

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Pilates for Men

Having a history of training men with a background in the Irish Defence Forces and being a previous Athlete, Olive Keyes knows all too well the rigorous training involved and the injuries that can occur. This is what makes the Olive Keyes teaching methods for men different. She also has extensive experience working with the GAA, Hurling & Rugby Clubs, Triathletes, and Golf, etc. So whether you are looking for a fun and leisurely activity or are an Amateur or Professional Athlete, Olive can provide a customized program to suit your needs. Here are some of the benefits of Pilates for Men.

Pilates for Woman

The Benefits of Pilates for Women are very well documented. With Olive Keyes you will be able to take full advantage of these benefits under the guidance of a highly qualified instructor. Here are just a few of those benefits:

  • Core strength

  • Alleviate back pain

  • Improved concentration levels

  • Flexibility

  • Improved cognitive function

  • Menopause 

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Pilates for Seniors

From Pilates in the chair to Pilates on the Mat.

As a Freelance Pilates Instructor Olive Keyes caters for most levels and abilities. Check out the many Videos, Photos and read the many testimonials from Pilates Olive Keyes classes.

While Working in the Social Care Sector, she had the privilege of working with people whom may be older. Now that she is a fully qualified Pilates Instructor, she developed a system that can work with the needs of the many Super Seniors and Active Age Groups. The added advantage is that she has an understanding of the obstacles and barriers that older people can be faced with. That's what makes Pilates Olive Keyes teaching techniques unique. Please feel free to view the pictures in the Gallery of individuals, Super Seniors and Active Age Groups that she has worked with.

Pilates for Children

During Olive's (MA) studies in Health Science childrens lifestyle has become more sedentary according to the World Health Organisation.

If you are looking for some fun and exciting ways to incorporate physical exercise into your child’s daily routine, Pilates may be the answer.

Pilates is a safe and low impact workout that can work wonders for your child’s fitness. It is a complete body conditioning routine that helps to build strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination without adding any muscle bulk. Here are some of the benefits of Pilates for Children:

  • Increased flexibility.

  • Improved concentration.

  • Helps strengthen the muscles.

  • Corrects the posture.

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