Viv Gallaghar strikes a plié. It’s simple ballet pose that perhaps embodies some of the philosophies Studio 3 represents: motivating, inspiring and nurturing achievable success.
Through extensive knowledge and understanding of the body, the paths to fitness and general wellbeing, as well as Viv’s passion to teach, Studio 3 emerged. Offering a unique fitness perspective in an intimate boutique atmosphere that motivates clients to individual success, the two locations make it easy to discover the secret dancer inside every woman.
Elegant, feminine, supple and graceful, Viv, at a surprising 52, is motivation personified as she openly welcomes clients, replacing any doubts with an ‘I can do this’ attitude. For first-timers, the room is fascinating and full of exciting intrigue. Walls are lined with mirrors and barres, some unusual looking equipment and a sprung floor — this certainly is not a gym — it is a studio, and classes are hands-on and distinctly different to any gym classes. Limited to 17, fully qualified instructors provide ongoing personal correction and encouragement, and through this constant interaction, great results and success stories emerge. Stories of the uncoordinated, the overweight, the poorly postured bodies, all transforming within months — so how does this swan-like makeover happen?
Studio 3 offers a complementary combination of Pilates, yoga and Xtend Barre classes. “The foundation is Pilates,” explains Viv. “Xtend Barre takes the essence of Pilates and fuses it with classical ballet moves, we add a cardio element and music. The result is a fun, adrenaline-fuelled, total body workout. You’ll soon discover there is a longer gap between your ears and shoulders, you stand straighter and your butt is firmer,” she laughs. “Completing the circle of wellness, our yoga classes are restorative and relaxing for the mind.”
After much research, Viv decided Xtend Barre was the best programme to bring to New Zealand and it is still the only internationally licensed programme available in New Zealand, which ensures quality classes and high standards in teaching as instructors are required to complete continuing education to maintain their licenses. It’s impossible to get bored as every class is different — and it’s fun. With a following that includes celebrities from Madonna to Margot Robbie, why not give it a go? You don’t need to bring anything other than your smile.
Words: Denise Tuson
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