Gymnast using passion for pilates to help others
AS AN elite rhythmic gymnast for 17 years, Esther Colmenares has come to know a lot about movement.
From just five years old until 22, Mrs Colmenares competed for her home country Venezuela all over America and Europe and trained eight hours a day, six days a week.
Through her experience she has come to appreciate the strain of sport on the body and the importance of strengthening the muscles we need and use the most, and she is using this passion to help locals as a pilates instructor.
"It was an amazing experience to understand how the elite sport works from different levels and I apply everything I have learnt in my classes in one way or another,” she said.
Mrs Colmenares teaches seven classes a week at Dalby Allied Health, including both regular and Intenso pilates, a cardio-based pilates workout.
First starting pilates as a way to heal old gymnastics injuries, Mrs Colmenares has come to love it for the complete workout it provides without placing extra strain on the body.
She also believes pilates provides an important foundation for all kinds of sports and athletes.
"The thing about pilates is we work on strengthening all the deep muscles in the body, when you are a high performance athlete you sometimes push the body beyond natural boundaries and that can cause weaknesses,” she said.
"Pilates helps to strengthen in a deep way to help you perform better in any sport.”
However Mrs Colmenares said pilates isn't just for athletes, and there is something in it for everyone.
Her classes cater to suit the needs of each client including seniors, postnatal mothers and people with injuries as a supplement to physio treatment.
"Pilates is for everybody, for kids, for women, for senior people, for elite athletes, for people who work in offices, for people who drive all day, for everybody,” she said.
"We are not designed to be or to live this way, we're designed to move, to run, to hunt, so we have to give our body back those natural movements.”
Mrs Colmenares prides herself on providing classes that suit all fitness levels in a safe and stress free space.
"It's a private environment here people come to do the work, and they know that I'm am there taking care of them.”
Mrs Colmenares takes seven classes a week, and she also provides private sessions.