Director, Samford & Bardon

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I have always enjoyed being physically active and grew up in a family which loved sports such as swimming, tennis, squash, and running.  Combining this with healthy nutrition (as well as the odd pack of maltesers…which I love!!!) is a must in my day-to-day life.  Pilates came into my life in 2010 when I unfortunately had a knee injury which then led to a sore lower back.  My physio said that pilates would be a great form of exercise for me as part of my rehab and I have never looked back…I was hooked!!!  

I ended up leaving the corporate world in 2013 and opened my first pilates studio in the Brisbane CBD in early 2014, then a second studio at Ashgrove in 2015.  Busy times ensued, but also great opportunities for personal growth and for me to learn more about the human body, refine and modify pilates techniques and generally just have a lot of fun with some amazing instructors and clients….some of whom are still with me today!!  

I’ve seen first-hand how reformer pilates helps everyday people to be healthy – whether it’s mentally, physically or emotionally! It creates such a positive impact on so many of our clients when they can suddenly feel themselves standing up taller, or being able to move more freely, or without acute pain that they have been living with for many years.  I am truly grateful to have this ability to help people achieve their goals and hope to be changing more and more lives in the years ahead with the Pilates Emporium studios and our amazing team of instructors.



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Hi, my name is Nicolette and I have been practising Pilates for over 8 years now. I have a background in healthcare and I think holistic health is essential in this busy world we live in. Pilates is important for me as it is a way to slow down the mind and really focus on breath and the body as well as getting those endorphins and heart rate pumping. I love the feeling of finishing a reformer class and feeling physically challenged but mentally refreshed. Finding your centre and focus (concentration) are key terms in Pilates practice and I think it really neatly sums up why I love Pilates and it’s relationship to life in general.
Amanda Grant


Bardon and Samford
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HI, I’m Amanda. I honestly can’t remember why I tried my first ever reformer Pilates class, but I’m sure glad I did! Even with hereditary ‘dodgy knees’ and a lower back injury, I found the low-impact nature of Pilates to be just what I needed. Along with the physical benefits, I also found that I could switch off the outside world completely and focus on myself and the exercises for the duration of the class. I love that Pilates is available to, and suitable, for all body shapes and sizes.


Then one day on the back of a bus in Vietnam, I decided to dive in and study to become an instructor, and I’m loving it! Now, I’m that person who is trying to convert everyone around me to love pilates as much as I do, because I honestly feel that everyone can benefit from it.


Samford & Bardon

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Hi, I’m Lizzie! My first introduction to Pilates was at age nine in my ballet school growing up. Then in 2012, when I was in my final year of full time dance training, I dislocated my hip. It took 6 months of physio appointments and clinical Pilates to get me back to a point where I could return to dance. It was then that I really fell in love and started to appreciate what Pilates could do for me.


Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey, a footballer, a gym junky or an ex dancer like myself, I really feel that Pilates is the answer for so manyof us seeking better health and wellbeing.

I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals and show you how Pilates can benefit you on a daily basis!!

Lisa Cunningham


Jorjah Yost

Samford and Bardon

Rachel Hinton

Bardon and Samford

Stevie Michelle


Kristy Crome

Bardon and Samford




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I fell in love with pilates in my early 40’s when I was looking for a form of exercise I enjoyed doing myself.  I had always struggled to exercise!  Feeling tired and sluggish, I needed to find something that invigorated me.  I was amazed how Pilates, particularly reformer pilates, helped me feel strong pretty quickly, both in my body and my mind.  Having this light bulb moment, I had to share this new found passion with others so started my education to become a Pilates Instructor.

I’ve always enjoyed helping people, listening and encouraging them and have a special interest in women’s health, seniors and generally exercising for the sense of belonging and a healthy mind. Hormonal changes in women, anxiety, depression can all reap feelings of insecurity and self doubt.  Pilates is life changing!!

I love the community and friendship formed within the pilates environment both from the beautiful and dedicated clients and also instructors.  It’s inspiring watching members getting stronger, confident and happier within themselves. This makes my job so rewarding as I get so much inspiration from everyone who shows up for themselves.