Liz Stride has been instructing us in Pilates for more than 10 years. Each session she has the uncanny ability to know just how hard we needed to work. Sometimes we need a softer stretching session. Sometimes a remedial session; there were plenty of those over 10 years with broken bones, operations and injuries being brought along to sessions and all being healed faster because of them. Sometimes she pushed us hard to make new and stronger muscle connections. Our bodies are better for Liz's instruction. Highly recommended.
I have been on my Pilates journey with Liz for more than four years. When I first started I was recovering from a back injury, and had tried several different methods to get stronger, only to exacerbate the injury. Pilates with Liz changed that. Liz is a very warm and welcoming person. She has great attention to detail, a refined instinct about knowing when to get a little more out of me and is very clear and descriptive in her instruction. The whole experience has been very motivating for me. What started as one session a week is now an integrated part of my life. With Liz, it is really all about what is best for your body on the day. I always leave a session with Liz feeling better, happier and stronger than when I walked in.
I first met Liz when she was teaching a group class at Oxygen in Coogee in 2001 after having tried various venues to practise Pilates. What first struck me was the gentle but constant instruction – giving guidance to the whole class whilst making it personal enough to each one of us. Her melodious voice and precise instruction made each class both challenging but relaxing at the same time. Having had scoliosis, I had to be careful in movement and Liz understood that from the start and catered to my needs whilst also catering to many others in the class. Later we moved onto private classes both in the studio as well as mat classes at home. Liz’s great instruction saw me through back problems due to the scoliosis, constant travel and two bouts of bad neuralgia and sciatica after shingles. I always felt safe and supported in the movements and could revert to basics when necessary whilst at other times getting into more difficult routines. This has now been the pattern for nearly 15 years and one that has given me good back health (combined with osteopathic visits); great core strength; more supple joints than most people of my age, good posture and ongoing protection and nurturing of my general mobile health. It should also be emphasised that each class with Liz leaves me feeling rested but also totally energised mentally due to the great breathing practise that I have learnt with her. The classes can calm in difficult circumstances and energise when feeling down. Knowing her professional qualifications are excellent, but more knowing her practice in class with me I would not hesitate to recommend Liz to anyone seeking a superior Pilates experience as well as instruction.
When I think of Liz, the words "absolute trust" come to my mind. An expert in the field and an extraordinary teacher, there was no other Pilates professional I trusted with my prenatal preparation and postnatal healing when I became pregnant with my second child. To this day, I marvel at her ability to adapt and combine exercises, heal and strengthen holistically, and still keep it interesting! Over the years I have tried many Pilates studios, but no one else is as good, full stop.
As a pilates instructor myself I’m very fussy when it comes to choosing who I do my workouts with. I like my session to flow, be challenging and be specific to my body. Liz gives me all of this. Lizs’ way of teaching is what I believe Pilates truly is. She is incredibly knowledgeable, knows her clients bodies and I never feel as though she’s giving me an exercise that isn’t going to be right for me particularly if I’m battling injuries. She is hands on, keeps the session moving and I always walk away feeling as I should…taller, stronger, pain free and even throughout my body.
Liz is the most exceptional Pilates instructor. We’re long-standing clients because we value Liz’s experience and outstanding knowledge of the body as it relates to movement. Our sessions with Liz are as a ‘couple’ and we appreciate her flexibility and attentiveness to our individual needs. Between us, we’ve had issues with back pain as well as pregnancy and it’s very hard to find any instructor more professional, trustworthy or skilled. Liz is so passionate about Pilates and has encouraged us to apply the principles of breath and movement in our every day life; from the way we sit and walk to how we approach life’s challenges. After years of doing Pilates with Liz, we not only look and feel better, our cores are stronger, our posture is taller and most importantly we lead more fulfilling, calmer and pain-free lives. Liz continually develops her breadth of knowledge and expertise. If she’s attended a new course, she’ll share with us the latest techniques and teachings. Her classes are different each session and this keeps it fresh and challenging. We always find ourselves walking out of a Pilates session with Liz stretched, energised, inspired — and looking forward to our next class.
I have had Liz as a private teacher and part of a group, and always the result has been the same: a very personalised session with fantastic effects on my body. Liz starts each session by asking how I'm going, paying attention to what I say to tailor the exercises to my body's needs. I started with her two years ago when my body's energy and health were very precarious. But with her help, I have managed to build up my strength back. She knows how to get the most out of my self physically and mentally, helping me to build up my skills on how to use my body outside of the studio. Her meditation knowledge has also contributed to her ability as a Pilates teacher to teach me in a more holistic way to discover how stress affects my general well being. In other words, my experience with her as a teacher has been transformative at many levels, an experience that I recommend without any reservation.
Liz is an amazing Pilates teacher. She is highly skilled and educated in all aspects of the craft. She is kind and patient, easy to communicate with and always very thoughtful towards her students and their needs. Liz designs tailored programs and is continually tweaking and changing each session to help you continue to develop your skills. I highly recommend Liz to anyone looking for a really great instructor!
Liz is an amazing teacher and I've got so much from training with her. Not only have I seen great improvements in my physical wellbeing, but as a credit to her holistic approach, I find I walk away from each session feeling incredibly relaxed and centred.
Liz is an amazing instructor - the best I have found, as a matter of fact. She teaches pilates from an awareness approach, where the body can work in relaxation but strengthening at the same time. From a technical point of view, Liz teaches in a very refined, specific and detailed way, from the most simple exercises up. She's mindful and kind and now I'm no longer in Sydney I have found great difficulty in finding a teacher of the same standard. A rare jewel.
Liz has been my pilates teacher for the 5 years I have been in Sydney. She is an incredible teacher - the best I have ever had and I have lived in a fair few places around the world. She is exceptionally experienced and gets to know your body - its strengths and weaknesses. Liz just seems to know when to really push you and when your body and mind need a calmer session. She has seen me through a couple of injuries, high stress periods at work and a period of illness, all with really focussed and targeted pilates and her wonderful teaching style, friendly nature and unwaveringly positive and supportive approach. She knows how to challenge you of course, with an advanced program. My body feels way stronger working with Liz over the years and that is despite the ageing process (sensitive subject as I just turned 50)!! The combination of having been a dancer, her extensive experience as a senior pilates instructor and also being qualified in meditation makes for a pretty special mix in terms of teaching style and approach. Liz is a gem - I cannot recommend her highly enough. I am so going to miss her as I head off to Zurich. I am booked in for my first holiday back already 🙂