The end to our Paddington group classes

As of June 30 2018 we will no longer be running our 40min group classes (springboard, TRX, combo, yoga, mat) at Paddington

We are sad to see the end to what has been a lovely social and supportive atmosphere in our Paddington group classes over the years but we are confident this tough decision is the right one. All good things must come to an end! But we want to extend our apologies to you specifically as a regular attendee of these classes.

Over the last few years the pilates industry has evolved, and the variety of classes and pilates options in Brisbane has grown immensely. We love this! The more pilates out there, the better! However, it’s time for our business to evolve too and to focus on what we specialise in – personalised and specialised pilates tuition using the full range of equipment, and taught by highly qualified teachers who make pilates their career and their life.

When we first introduced Springboards in our Milton studio in 2012, they were the only ones in Brisbane. We were the only studio offering an affordable, group pilates equipment class that made the traditional springwork and exercises accessible to a general fitness clientele. We were super excited to be able to accommodate them when we moved into our Paddington space in 2013 and some new group classes such as the TRX classes, and again we were the only ones in the area offering a group classes of these kinds.

Since then, the growth of the fitness-based pilates studios and the popularity of group pilates classes has meant we cannot compete while also maintaining our commitment to small group class numbers. We’ve always believed that in order to facilitate a consistent pilates practice for you though the group classes we would need to offer more availability across a wider timetable. We just don’t have the resources to develop this to its full potential. We’ve tried various combinations, timetables, and formats to make it work over the years, but at this juncture it’s no longer sustainable.

We still love and fully support the idea of affordable, small group Pilates-based classes taught by Pilates professionals. And that’s why we are thrilled with how well they work in our CBD space, a space made to accommodate this style of class and which was opened with the vision for a broader group timetable. (Plus the air-conditioning and the fact that you’re not out on the deck at 6am in Winter we’re sure has something to do with it.)

We know our explanations may not offer much to soften the blow, but we wanted you to understand our reasonings. Believe us, as small business owners who are personally involved and in contact with almost every client in our studio and part of a small, specialised and dedicated teaching team, we take decisions like this very seriously and have thought long and hard about this difficult choice.

So, what’s next?

From 30th June these will be your options for continuing your pilates journey with us, and what is going to happen to any class packs you’ve pre-paid that are valid past this date.

1. Transfer to Trio classes or Private lessons. You can convert your existing 5/10/20 packs to trio classes at a 2:1 ratio, and you’ll also receive a 20% discount on your next purchase. We will help you find a regular booking that suits your schedule with extra times becoming available from July.

2. Continue attending our group classes in our city studio. Your current packs are valid there and we’ll add an extra month onto the expiry to give you more time to try a few different styles and times.

3. Take a refund. We understand. These changes aren’t going to suit everyone. We are happy to offer a refund of any remaining classes unused (and not expired) at June 30th.

4. Hold onto your credit and use towards any of our upcoming Workshops and Events. We are busy behind the scenes organising some new experiences for you at Paddington, so keep an eye on our social media and newsletters. Credit will be valid until December 31st 2018.

Whatever you choose, we do hope you’ll stay part of our community and we hope you’ll continue attending the existing group classes as they are up until June 30th.

We are so thankful for your support of our special studios, that have been nurtured into beautiful spaces and a wonderful community by you. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support into this next development.

A few notes on how things will work during June:

– all packs are valid at Paddington until June 30 – all purchases made that extend into July will be sold on the assumption that they are to be used at the City studio ONLY from July 1st onwards – any casual attendance at Paddington will be discounted to $18 for the duration of the month – in the last week of June, all existing pack holders will be contacted to see how they would like to use any remaining credit.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we are very happy to talk through the options with you.

We look forward to seeing you all in classes over June as we send our Springy’s and T-Rex’s off with a bang!

Catherine & Anita & the Movement Principle Team

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