Clinical Exercise vs. Pilates

Clinical Exercise vs. Pilates


Did you know…

Clinical exercise, often colloquially referred to as Clinical Pilates, isn’t actually Pilates (or more accurately, it isn’t JUST Pilates)! Read on as our physio Emily explains the differences between the two.


Clinical exercise is the prescription of an exercise program by a physiotherapist, which is designed to help the individual rehabilitate an injury, reduce pain, or improve another aspect of their athletic performance – just to name a few benefits!

Making use of a variety of equipment, some of which may be Pilates equipment like reformer beds and trapeze tables, Clinical Exercise can help decrease pain levels, boost strength, increase flexibility, improve joint range of motion, and enhance overall mental and physical health.

Physiotherapists will create a clinical exercise programme that is specifically tailored to each individual’s current injury treatment, as well as their current fitness and strength levels.

During your one-on-one Clinical Exercise consultations, the physiotherapist will assess the individual’s biomechanics, flexibility, and strength.

You may progress to our Group Classes once your physiotherapist is satisfied that your exercise programme is appropriate for your needs.

Clinical Exercise Group classes are still supervised by a physiotherapist, who ensures that all participants perform their exercises with proper posture and biomechanics. This maintains proper muscle activation patterns and targets the areas you want to work on. Because of this constant emphasis on form and function, many people who suffer from recurring niggles or injuries may find Clinical Exercise beneficial in improving these.


Pilates uses body weight, Reformers & Trapeze or mat based Pilates equipment to help to improve muscle tone through the abdomen, spine, lower and upper body.

Pilates classes are delivered by professionally trained Pilates instructors, however they may not necessarily be physiotherapists. The instructor takes the class through a routine of exercises, with each participant completing the same exercises and reps as the other class members. The instructor may change the difficulty of exercises to cater for differing levels of a classes’ experience and fitness.

Regular Pilates classes are suitable for individuals who have no current injuries and already have a solid foundation of strength, flexibility, and fitness.

A venn diagram describing the key differences and similarities between clinical exercise and clinical pilates.

When weighing up between Clinical Exercise and Pilates, consider whether you are looking to generally strengthen and exercise (Pilates), or whether you’d like something more tailored. This could be to strengthen a particular muscle group, enhance your athletic performance or rehab an injury. In this case, Clinical Exercise may be a better option for you.

A list of five (5) reasons why City Baths Physio Clinic is a great choice for Clinical Exercise sessions and classes.

If you’d like to find out more information or to book an appointment call 9569 5799 or head to the Our Services tab at the top of the page or click on the Home tab and then the Book Now tab.

We look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon!

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