Pilates at SWEAT Southsea


At SWEAT Southsea you can train effectively 1-1 with our dedicated and talented Pilates instructors in a private and comfortable environment, without any sign up or membership fees. Our team boast a wealth of experience in a variety of exercise and rehabilitation disciplines alongside Pilates, including Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Yoga, Education and Personal Training.

Lexie Cunningham MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lexie Cunningham MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lexie is fully accredited with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to teach Clinical Pilates and is available for 1-1 and small group Pilates at SWEAT Southsea. The APPI have created a unique program of rehabilitation based Pilates programs which are highly regarded around the world. Lexie is a highly qualified Sports Therapist, having completed her MSc degree in Sports Rehabilitation at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Alex is a Graduate Sports Therapist BSc (Hons) from the University of Chichester.

Through my training and experience, I believe the best treatment is movement, which is why I recommend Pilates so much and why I decided to become a qualified instructor.
— Lexie Cunningham

Sam Moss MSc, BSc (Hons)

Sam Moss MSc, BSc (Hons)

Sam is fully accredited with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to teach Clinical Pilates and is available for 1-1 and small group Pilates at SWEAT Southsea. The APPI have created a unique program of rehabilitation based Pilates programs which are highly regarded around the world. Sam qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia and has over eight years experience as a physiotherapist. 

Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.
— Joseph Pilates

Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor Kim Cutler is a fun and caring trainer with the strong belief that there is no one size fits all approach to exercise and fitness. Having worked within the fitness industry for 10 years she has experience of working with a wide variety of clients and continually strives to undertake training and education. She loves nothing more than helping individuals to build their self confidence to achieve their goals and sustain long term change. Kim's big passion is for Pilates as she finds this form of exercise is something everyone can benefit from. Kim originally trained in Classical Pilates with Peak Pilates for Pilates Reformer and Mat based exercise 6 years ago. After taking some time out of teaching to pursue other avenues within the industry she decided to retrain and undertake her level 3 Diploma in Mat Pilates. Her favourite Joseph Pilates quote is "Change happens through movement and movement heals" 

Kim is a level 3 Personal Trainer, qualified in Pre and Post Natal, Exercise Referral, Adapting Exercise for Adolescents and is a Les Mills RPM and Pilates Instructor." 

How will Pilates benefit me?

Both APPI and Peak Pilates are advanced exercise methodologies designed to improve your core strength (key in protecting the spine) and to remove imbalances within the body which may predispose you to injury. Pilates will also help you improve posture, balance and flexibility. These methods of Pilates are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It is beneficial for everyone to improve muscular strength throughout the body. It is recommended for people with back pain as it helps to develop muscular strength in the back and abdominal region as well as improving spinal mobility, all of which are important to the treatment and prevention of back pain. It is also great for athletes to energise muscular slings and correct muscle firing patterns as well as helping with posture. 

The Benefits of Pilates:

Increased core strength, stability and peripheral mobility / Longer, leaner muscles / Balanced strength & flexibility / Improved balance, coordination & circulation / Improved posture / Increased circulation and relieved tension / Enhanced athletic performance / Heightened body awareness and mindfulness of movement / Low to no impact making it easy on your joints / Helps prevent injury and improve existing injuries / Suitable for everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes / Decrease in lower back and neck pain, as well as other general pains / Works the deeper, smaller muscles groups that can be missed in typical workouts or exercise classes / Complimentary to all other forms of workouts and rehab programmes / Modifications for all fitness levels and injuries

What is APPI Pilates?

APPI Pilates was designed by Physiotherapists Glen & Elisa Withers and specifically for those working in the field of rehabilitation; therefore pathology, normal movement patterns, neuro-muscular timing and neural pathomechanics are addressed in relation to each exercise. The traditional Pilates repertoire is broken down into clearly defined levels to ensure a standard, gradual progression towards normal functional movement. Scientific evidence on segmental spinal stabilisation and on pelvic stability forms the theoretical foundation for the APPI curriculum. The APPI use a 5 stage rehabilitation programme and 5 key principles to get you back to fitness and moving your best throughout every Pilates movement. The 5 stage model works as it allows the instructor to ensure the exercise and treatment modality used is appropriate for the client on each session. Once a client understands the connection of the brain to the essence of a movement, clients are progressed along the pathway at a speed that is relevant to them. The APPI method, with over 100 different Matwork movements then allows the client to move into a more advanced, fitness and wellness program that begins to shape and tone the body to achieve the results you want.

Who is Pilates good for?

  • Athletes looking to enhance their performance
  • Individuals recovering from injury
  • Anyone interested in increasing their core strength, flexibility and stability
  • Fitness fanatics that want to get to a higher level of fitness capacity
  • People of all ages and fitness levels
  • Individuals undertaking rehabilitation programmes
  • People interested in rebalancing their body and muscles from stressful lives or repetitive daily activities, such as sitting at a desk
  • Workout beginners that want a lower impact workout with big gains
  • And of course mums-to-be (but make sure you take pre-natal sessions/classes only!)

Availability and rates


APPI Pilates

  • Alexandra: Thursday's and Saturday's
  • Sam: Tuesday's


Block of 5 sessions: £175 / Block of 10 sessions: £330

  • Semi Private (2 people): £50
  • Small Private Group (3-5 people): £19 per person (off-peak studio times only)

(Sessions are 60 minutes)