REAL STORIES. REAL SUCCESS.
With the right instruction and guidance, there are many benefits of Pilates. Pilates can help build and improve body awareness and control, movement, strength, body conditioning, balance, coordination, flexibility, posture, alignment, grace, flow, bone density, mind and body connection and ongoing well being. Gaetano has been teaching The Method to a variety of people over the past 20 years.
We are inspired by our clients' commitment to their bodies and well being.
Thank you to our clients for sharing your experiences and results here for others.
JOHN BELL & ANNA BELL
AO OBE FRSN Founder of Bell Shakespeare Australian Actor & (Anna Bell) Australian Actress
My wife Anna and I have been enjoying the luxury of Gaetano Del Monaco’s Pilates classes for the last 15 years. As an alumnus of the Australian Ballet, Gaetano knows all there is to know about the flexibility of the human body. When I first asked him the point of Pilates he told me “It’s to be able to put your socks on in the morning “ It’s turned out to be a lot more than that.
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
Connie Mitchell & Angus McDonald
CONNIE: I started Pilates with Gaetano because as an entertainer, and after having 2 children, I wanted my body back, and basically needed a rig like a 20 year old version of me.
Within 3 months I noticed a dramatic change, I was leaner, tighter, stronger and more svelte. Gaetano is a real life sculptor and I am beyond happy to have my body moulded by such a master.
ANGUS: After practicing Pilates on and off for over 10 years it came as a rude shock when I started seeing Gaetano, I had been doing it all wrong! I was getting older and a life of physical activity (and periods of inactivity) was catching up with me, niggles were turning into injuries and the surgeons were knocking (shoulder and knees). Gaetano’s meticulous approach was tailored to my specific needs and he helped me gain strength, flexibility, confidence and a deep understanding of my body (and mind), and surgery has been avoided. His passion is contagious, his thirst for knowledge boundless, and he’s pretty damn funny as well. He’s the real deal and life is better with him at the controls.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
I have been a client of Gaetano's for 20 years. I initially joined Gaetano due to a persistent back issue which unknown to me was related to weakness in my abdominal and back muscles. Gaetano has taught me how to strengthen not only my core but also my whole body. After working with Gaetano's method, the back issues disappeared and I became strong with a renewed sense of energy. His forever evolving knowledge and art of teaching Pilates is second to none and as a client one is constantly being inspired and technically educated by him.
Part of my ritual is to do a daily Gaetano class. It’s sets the tone for my day, giving my body a full workout and leaving me with a sense of calm and focus. My rating is 5 stars.
Professor the Hon Bob Carr
Former NSW Premier & Australian Foreign Minister.
I have been coached on a weekly basis by Gaetano for over 10 years. It’s the best investment I have ever made. My back is problem-free, never more flexible and resilient than any time since my 20s. We all get nostrums and remedies thrust at us, too numerous to mention. But in my experience Pilates works. A bit of effort; a lot of benefit; and, I think and hope, a big investment in future health. Certainly having an experienced, knowledgeable teacher is an indispensable part of it. If it hadn’t worked I would not have kept coming back on a weekly basis for over a decade.
I was introduced to Gaetano by a friend several years ago. It has been life-changing. I have learned the connection between the body and the mind. Gaetano is a Master of the Art, and as the founding Master, Joseph Pilates said‘In 10 sessions you will feel the difference In 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body' - That has been my experience. Thank you Gaetano.
Runner | Podiatrist |
Co-Author "Older Yet Faster"
I was sent to Gaetano by my exasperated massage therapist. Despite weekly massages, I had chronic back and neck pain, and tight hip flexors. Not only did he fix my pain, but he also put me on the path to correcting my body alignment. Gaetano was instrumental in guiding me to develop my spiky ball and foot program -- a series of foot strengthening exercises that has become highly successful in treating soft tissue injuries to the feet and ankles. Let Gaetano transform your body.
One of Australia's up & coming actors
For a long time, I considered Pilates best suited to women, the elderly and the injured. Gaetano quickly shattered that cheap perception and taught me what an effective and often underrated form of exercise it is for young men. There is no physical practitioner out there that has made me feel and look better than Gaetano. His focus on strength, flexibility and mental conditioning has been of huge benefit to me, in my surfing, my well being and frankly, my desire to look good. His workouts can be brutal but always leave me feeling amazing. Paying for his expertise is one of the best investments you will make.
Senior Journalist, Nine News
I met Gaetano as a happy accident. A chance comment followed by a fortuitous recommendation. That was 20 years ago. For two decades, I’ve been guided by his knowledge, passion and genuine care for his clients. Gaetano’s advice and guidance have allowed me to be well when I wasn’t and move freely when I couldn’t. It’s a no-brainer. Pilates works and Gaetano is easily one of the best teachers around.
Marathon Runner and Mum of Two
Gaetano's genuine care for his clients and deep understanding of the human body is what enables him to get such great results for those he teaches.
He has supported me through the various stages of my life.
Gaetano helped me rehabilitate my body after a hip stress fracture, prepare for marathons, got me in shape for my wedding and enabled me to stay strong during and after both of my pregnancies.
The first time I knew Gaetano he was a 15 year old student at the Australian Ballet School. At 82 I would be one of Gaetano's oldest clients. 20 years ago I began Pilates with him, at this time I had chronic repetitive strain injuries and Osteoporosis. He reassured me with consistent, dedicated practice these conditions could be managed. Gaetano has a wholistic approach to his practice which encompasses both physical and spiritual well being .
OAM, Director Head On Photo Festival
Gaetano is a master – I have never met any health practitioner who knew the body better; since doing Pilates with him over the past ten years, I have been pain-free.
In addition, I have also met at his studio a whole community of interesting people of all ages and backgrounds
Mum of Three
I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis after having broken many bones at the age of just 32. I hated exercise but as I had a lot of pain and stiffness after having had many previous surgeries on the bones that I had broken, I decided to give Gaetano a call.
After 2.5 years of doing Pilates with Gaetano, my endocrinologist told me that my bone density had increased so much that as far as he was concerned I didn't have Osteoporosis anymore - he put this down to all the Pilates that I had been doing.
Gaetano is an outstanding teacher with an unparallel intuitive and experiential understanding of the human body in movement. Gaetano has excellent pedagogy and through clear explanation, guidance, encouragement and support, he helps students to understand and integrate Pilates exercises in everyday life and to inspire the students to practice both inside and outside his studio. Gaetano's teachings and feedback have had an enormous positive impact on my life with ease of movement in my daily activities or in sports as well as enhancing my general psychological well-being and self-confidence.
Avid Cyclist and Swimmer
I came to Gaetano with a broken shoulder and a broken connection with my body. After many physio appointments that made no difference, Gaetano helped put me back together by taking the focus off the shoulder and building me holistically. Gaetano continues to enable my strength building and a confidence in my body as I move through middle age. Thanks Gaetano couldn’t do it without you!
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