Fitzroy’s Good Times Pilates expands to Northcote

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Two years of intermittent shutdowns have seen us mostly cooped up at home, limited to a few hours of outdoor exercise and online classes.

Fortunately, many fitness studios have emerged stronger, with a host of newcomers continuing to open in Melbourne. One of them, in a former Northcote real estate office, is Fitzroy’s new sister studio fave Good Times Pilates.

Similar to the original location, which launched in 2018, the bright new studio offers reformer (and only reformer) classes. “After taking online carpet classes during lockdown, it’s kind of nice to move on,” says Cat Webb, founder of Good Times.

The High Street space, just off Northcote Plaza, has been gutted and repurposed by a heavily pregnant Webb and her partner Dave Kerr. Drab, papered interiors have been replaced with polished concrete floors, with walls given a fresh coat of paint and plaster.

The studio has two eye-catching partitions: a curved wall of glass bricks, letting in dappled natural light, and a circular cinderblock-style concrete divider, which separates the reformer’s area from the mudroom and living room.

Playful pops of color come in the form of quirky locally made pieces: a lilac reception desk was built by Kerr and covered in Mortadello Terrazzo concrete. It stands alongside a lamp with pastel blue curves from Make Believe and a massive floral installation, which is replaced every fortnight. The small retail offering – including cork rollers and Frank Green water bottles – is perched on Nicole Lawrence’s custom shelves.

“Everything I did in terms of design…I wanted to make people smile,” Webb explains. “The colors are kinda fun and [help to] create this holistic space of well-being.

Ten Balanced Body reformer beds fill the studio, and Webb says classes are designed for people of all ages, abilities and experience levels. At both sites – with nearly 5,000 members – Good Times promotes an inclusive ethos, providing a space where people can enjoy their workouts without shame or judgement.

It offers six types of classes, including high-energy Cardio Pilates, which feels like “walking up a steep hill to get to the pub”; the more intermediate burn, as “the best parts of a restorative massage”; and the meditative, understated Stretch and Chill, which feels like “a firm, comfortable squeeze from your best friend.”

Good Times Pilates classes start at $37 and memberships start at $50 per week. Register or book online.

Good Times Pilates Northcote

400 High Street, Northcote

0408 930 730

Hours:

Monday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fri 6am–9am

Sat & Sun 8am–12pm

goodtimespilates.com.au


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