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When it comes to choosing the right Pilates clothes for class, A.A Ambassador Lisa Nicolaisen is a pro.
With almost a lifetime in the fitness space, the professional instructor and the founder of Body Pulse Pilates—a multifaceted online studio that also offers elevated wellness retreats—found her love of movement at the age of three and hasn't slowed down since.
So, to learn exactly what kind of gear is best for mat and Reformer classes, we chatted with Lisa in Sydney, Australia to talk Pilates activewear, her five favourite core moves and how her fitness journey first got started.
Keep reading for our conversation with A.A Ambassador Lisa Nicolaisen.
Lisa wears the Cross Neck Sports Crop 384 and Classic Full Legging 203
You need shorts or tights that you feel free to move in, so you don’t feel restricted while stretching and lengthening the body.
[This is] to help with technique and alignment. I love a sleek look, Pilates is all about discipline and control, so I love my tops to be fitted but still breathable.
Feeling good in what I wear is super important to me. I love fashion, so I’m thankful AJE ATHLETICA has perfected that sleek fashionable look whilst still being comfortable and easy to move in.
Lisa wears the Square Neck Sports Bra 307 and Cross Over Tennis Skirt 639.
I love all of AJE ATHLETICA's looks, but if I am attending or teaching a Pilates class, I like to go for something fitted and breathable. I also like to wear neutrals to keep my look sleek. The ruched tank and the Classic Full Leggings 203 in black would be my go-to look for this.
My love and obsession for movement started young. From the age of three, dance was my life and I dreamt of becoming a professional dancer. I studied for an advanced diploma in performing arts and during this, I learnt just as much about the mind and body as I did about dance, and that’s where my passion for health and fitness began.
I started in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor and this is what made me realise how much I enjoyed coaching, motivating and sharing my knowledge with like-minded people. As much as I loved being a group fitness trainer… I knew it wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do within the industry.
Rewinding back to when I studied dance—and encountered many injuries—I also did a lot of Pilates as a form of rehab and fell in love with the type of exercise for so many obvious reasons, but more than anything, it complimented my dancing background.
So, I then went on to study mat and reformer Pilates and have never looked back since. I’m so grateful to have found my love for movement at a young age, and I truly believe my dancing years have shaped me into the person and Pilates instructor I am today.
Lisa wears the Cropped Layered Sport Tank 159 (styled here with the hem strap to the back) and Mid Length Logo Bike Short 250.
My top five core exercises would be:
Lisa wears the Long Line Stitch Tank 123 and Mid Length Panel Shorts 615.
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