Exercise Groups

Why an Exercise Group?

It is hugely important that you consider a referral for group exercise in the treatment of a majority of disease pathologies and degenerative conditions, e.g. Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Osteoarthritis and Increased Falls Risk.

A common reason given for quitting an exercise program is boredom. A variety of class formats will keep you motivated and interested, as well as give you different instructor styles, music selection, and interaction with other participants. For many, an hour-long workout goes by very quickly when there is music playing and you are trying new exercises.

It has been proven time and time again that people stay interested because of the social atmosphere provided by group exercise. This offers camaraderie and accountability among participants, as well as between participants and our trained allied health staff who conduct the classes. Most people know exercise is good for them and want to begin exercising but just need that little push and want to do so.

What Exercise Groups are offered?

Back Pain Management (Strong Spines)

The Strong Spine Program is for people WHO are suffering from back pain in all forms, with varied presentation and symptoms, (e.g. acute & chronic pain, Disc Bulges, Osteoarthritis, Spondylisthesis etc.) The group will teach the participant how to manage and decrease their back pain in a safe environment, and provide strategies for long-term management of their injury.

Out-Patient Cardiac Rehabilitation (Smart Hearts)

The Smart Hearts Group is for people WHO have sustained and are currently suffering from heart related conditions (e.g. CABG, Myocardial Infarction, Stroke etc.) The group focuses on physical rehabilitation through suitable exercise and appropriate education for each patient.

Falls Prevention (Safe Feet)

The Falls Prevention Group is for people WHO want to remain sturdy and on their feet, preventing nasty falls which could impact negatively upon their health. The group provides education and exercise geared around keeping people active and strong in a social environment as this enhances compliance.

Lifestyle Modification Group (Healthy Bodies)

The Healthy Bodies Group is for people WHO present with 2 or more Cardiovascular risk factors and are looking to make a positive long term change in their health to keep them active and able to play with their kids, or walk the dog. This lifestyle modification class is aimed at decreasing risk factors associated with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and obesity. A simple yet effective weekly session that promotes long term compliance to an intervention.

Pulmonary/COPD rehabilitation (Breathe Easy)

The Breathe Easy Program is for people WHO find themselves inactive and unable to continue with their active daily livings as a result of their pulmonary condition (e.g. COPD, COAD, Bronchitis and Asthma.) The group is aimed at low to moderate risk patients who are wishing to maintain lung function and improve their exercise tolerance and capacity in order to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Type 2 Diabetes Group

The Type 2 Diabetes Group is for people WHO have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and are wanting to modify their lifestyle appropriately in order to reduce their Hba1c levels, and body mass and reduce other cardiovascular risk factors, and minimise the development of further comorbidities. We offer an initial group which is made up of group education and exercise and is suited to the newly diagnosed or patients who may not have completed a course like this in some time. We also have the popular revision class in which we have former participants of the group reunite for continued ongoing exercise. These groups run for 8 weeks and are bulk billed through Medicare.

Seniors Exercise Class (Young at Heart)

The seniors exercise group is for people WHO are over the age of 50 and are looking to keep themselves fit and active and free from injury. The group focusses on evidence based functional strength exercises performed in a fun, and social environment. The seniors attending have fun and move through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, and elastic tubing with handles are offered for resistance. A chair is used for seated or standing support.

Hydrotherapy (AquaCare)

Hydrotherapy is exercise rehabilitation conducted in water under the supervision of an experienced physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. The anti-gravity effect and warmth of the water makes hydrotherapy useful in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, including osteoarthritis, inflammatory joint disease, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Hydrotherapy is also an important part of the rehabilitation of early fracture management and joint replacement surgery. The water’s cushioning effect allows resistance for maintaining strength and fitness, as well as increasing speed and endurance. Our practitioners will provide a ‘water based’ exercise program which complements ‘land based’ therapy, to enhance and maximise recovery.

Pregnancy Pilates

60mins of pregnancy safe exercises usually burning between 350-450kcal. This is not your average Pilates. Pregnant does not always mean deep breathing exercises. Modifiable for women with pregnancy related lower back/pelvic girdle pain

Pregnancy Fitball

High intensity cardio based class (think les mills step class but on a fitball) with some standing drills to increase lower body strength and prepare you for birth. Safe and preferable for women with pregnancy related lower back/pelvic girdle pain.

Mum + Bub Exercise

Standing cardio drills, lower/upper body strength where we use bub as our weights (The perfect weight: they get heavier as you get stronger). Exercise safely post baby. Need obstetrician/GP clearance to exercise and a 60 min initial appointment first to clear for any pelvic floor, bladder/bowel issues and to go through some pre-class education and assessments. Safe for every postnatal woman once medically cleared.

Clinical Pilates (non-maternity class)

Multiple options throughout the class and exercises modified throughout for different injuries/concerns/rehab protocols. Pilates helps with every single movement that our bodies do and is specifically useful for those patients with lower back pain.