Alternative Fitness Bendigo

When you dance to the rhythms of your life, you are truly alive in all ways.

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Jee Too
I enjoy the challenge of self-pace, not an inanimate voice next station chasing you around the circuit. The motivation is of your own making; you can … read more
I originally attended Karin's fitball classes many years ago to ease the pain in my back and recently have joined the ChiBall classes for relaxation … read more
We do not stop exercising because we grow old,
we grow old because we stop exercising!
Dr K Cooper


I would like to thank Karen for inspiring me to aim for a stronger self through exercise tailored to my fitness level. I particularly enjoy the yoga sessions and look forward to relaxing my way to better health.
Jane Ineson
Karin uses her extensive knowledge, creativity and enough love to go around to give personalized care, lots of fun, and make a real community. I benefit body, mind and spirit! Jane
Barbara Wilkinson
Shibashi is a gentle and relaxing form of exercise, which gives your whole body a work out. In a hectic life it is an hour of calm that soothes your body, mind and spirit. I am very happy I found Karin who introduced me to Shibashi.
Carol Guy
I suffer from poly lower back problems and have been taking slow release medication for chronic pain in the last 2 years. The pain has become more severe and I have had the choice to take breakthrough pain medication or stay in bed in a foetal position to relieve the pain.
Since attending Karin's classes, I am in pain when I get there, however I am pain free when I leave as the exercises that we do in class takes the pressure out of my spine and I am pain free all day. I am also learning how to do the exercises at home to help relieve the pain and not have to take breakthrough medication.

These classes have given me hope where I felt hopeless.

I have tried a variety of other therapies to find relief over the last few years but nothing has worked except for Karin's classes
A Toomey
"I have been a participant of Karin’s classes for 10 years. I began with Stretch, then Wu Tao and more recently tried Chi Ball. Karin’s classes are like nothing else in Bendigo, they are unique and reach out to you on every level of your mind, body and spirit. Karin herself is a very professional instructor and her genuine enthusiasm and caring personality ensures all participants, of all ages, have an enjoyable and relaxed experience when in her class. I always leave the room feeling uplifted and free. "
I have had severe back pain for over 18 months and relied heavily on anti-inflammatory tablets to relieve the pain. Dry needling and Pilates helped for a while, then in April I began a Beginners class of Stretch and Fitball with Karin. After the second week, I took the painkillers from my handbag back to the first aid kit. Thanks Karin for sharing your knowledge and advice about my body and how I can actually do something to improve it. Improvement will only happen if I do the exercises daily .... If it is to be, it is up to me! - with some great teaching from Karin.
Karin Williamson
Fourteen years ago, I tore hamstring muscles in both my legs while sprinting. Since then I have not been able to get much strength back in to the muscles. It didn't matter what exercises I did, using equipment or machines, all I did was recruit other muscles to do the work. Since working on the Chibolster I have been able to isolate the hamstrings and learn to recruit them along with my gluts and which has enabled me to develop significant strength in them again. I can now run again and do stair training with an extra bounce in my step.
I have realized the benefits even after 8 sessions of circuit training. It was worth the effort of being at Karin's at 6.30 am. I felt more energised for the rest of the day and I became fitter in that short period. Looking forward to starting again in February 2012. Thanks Karin!
I am 57 and have never pushed myself to exercise, although I walk quite a lot. I needed to start some cardio exercise before going on a hiking holiday. Karin's cardio circuit gave me the chance to steadily develop my cardio capacity and to select exercises which I needed to develop my core muscle strength. We started with a yoga 'Salute to the Sun' and this was a lovely way to start the morning. I enjoyed the drive out to Junortoun and the ability to exercise outside for some of the routines. As always, a lovely friendly and supportive environment. Thank you Karin.
Jee Too
I enjoy the challenge of self-pace, not an inanimate voice next station chasing you around the circuit. The motivation is of your own making; you can do one circuit, or two or even three. Karin is on hand always ensuring correct technique, modifying the exercise to suit one's initial ability and gradually building up the core strength. Her workout room looks on the morning sun rise, and when Karin leads us in the warm up stretch exercise, the energy that bathes over us is incredible
C Fyffe
Stretch and fitness classes have been ideal for me for extra fitness and to offset the effects of too many hours spent sitting still at the computer. Karin creates an atmosphere in the class where each person can participate and be relaxed, and each of us can benefit in our own way.
Pauline Jones
After great personal loss I found Karin and the Wu Tao dance class to be just what was needed to heal and have the most fun while exercising within a caring and accepting group. Karin's depth of knowledge and wisdom is a gift. Give yourself a present that can change your life. Kind Regards Pauline
It is with a renewed sense of energy and vitality that I walk away from your classes. I have found myself sleeping better and am feeling more harmonious and balanced throughout the day. The classes are a wonderful mix of beautiful music and graceful moves and it creates such an infectious and happy place to be. All the effort, support, laughter and enthusiasm you give us both during and outside the classes is much appreciated.
I originally attended Karin's fitball classes many years ago to ease the pain in my back and recently have joined the ChiBall classes for relaxation & fitness. Karin puts you at ease with her style of teaching & for that reason I enjoy the classes very much. There is no pressure to do anything that your body may not be able to manage at that particular time. I would recommend them to anyone, from beginners to people who are fit already.
Angela Boyd
"Stretch-fitball classes - I was asked the other day “have you lost weight? – you look like you are standing up straighter” I have been doing stretch class for less that a term now & I can feel the benefits. I do feel like I am sitting straighter & walking taller.
"Wu Tao – a fun way to provide mind, body & spiritual harmony"
Jill H
I have been doing Karin’s Stretch/Fitball classes for about 6 years. I have scoliosis and under Karin’s watchful eye I have been able to loosen up my body and do a great many more things than I could when I started. She is very big on “know your own body” so I can alter some exercises to do them in a way that doesn’t do damage. The classes are fun and the girls are very friendly. Last year I started Chi Ball which is a combination of a simple dance routine, yoga, pilates and relaxation. This is a fun class that is good for the brain as well as the body.
Jenny T
I have attended Karen's fitball and stretch classes for over 10 years and have found improvement in my core strength, flexibility and co-ordination and learned practical relaxation techniques. I appreciate the individual guidance, encouragement and challenges that Karen provides in each class. It has become an important and enjoyable part of my week.
Cheers Jenny T.
Liz Godfrey
What a find Karin has been. Although I have many minor, but no major, problems I just love being guided in the use of "hidden"! muscles and being challenged to do that little bit more.
Walking a couple of hours everyday is great but only caters for part of the body.
Karin works with the whole body and, despite working with a group of very different people, she manages to give individual attention to everyone and to remember their needs.
Lots of laughs and social events are also part of Karin's package!
Looking forward to many more sessions Karin.
Jenny McW
I have been attending Karin's classes for about 5 years now. I have found them to be exactly what I needed. I have tried lots of different classes over the years, but Karin's classes challenge me without making me feel useless or uncoordinated. They give great variety without being boring - how could they be boring when we laugh so much; at ourselves and the world? As well, I love Karin's generosity - she has learned so much along the way and she has no hesitation is sharing it with us so we learn, too. There is also a strong sense of belonging in the classes, and that is a great feeling.
Helen Robinson
After one session using the ChiBolster I had relief from a long term pain near my hip that had occured after surgery and a fracture. The relief lasted a number of days. After a second session the relief lasted longer and has increased with each session.
I have been pleasantly surprised with the effectiveness of this exercise and have reduced my regular arthritis medication.
Helen Robinson
Jill H
I suffer from scoliosis of the spine with a twist from the upper right side of my spine across to the lower left. Of recent years this causes sporadic pain in the lower left back and a painful tightening of the muscles on the upper thigh. Using the fitball in class has helped my core strength and improved my mobility, but with the introduction of the Chi Bolster I had startling results. Exercising with the bolster in class staved off a severe attack on 2 separate occasions and I use it at home below the lower back and under the buttocks for leg raising exercises. This keeps the pain to a minimum and allows me to walk regularly. The Chi Bolster is great for gentle exercise. Jill H
Victoria Nankervis
"Karin's Fitball classes are a fantastic environment for all ages to exercise. Relaxed, friendly, un-intimidating and endlessly changing, so you never ever get bored. The best "core" class in Bendigo!"
Jenny Treyvand
"I have been attending Karin's Stretch classes for 8 years. I have found the classes to have a range of exercises which have been most beneficial in building up my core muscle strength ad maintaining flexibility. Under Karin's professional instruction we are given encouragement and supervision throughout the session. The atmosphere in our group is a happy friendly and relaxed one especially when Karin incorporates meditation time in some of our classes."
H Gill
"Three years ago, I joined a Fitball & Stretch Class very reluctantly for a "try once" situation. I discovered that it filled an unrecognised gap in my athletics training. It is interesting, superbly instructed and has made a noticeable (or visible) difference to my posture. It suits literally anyone's level of fitness needs with endless variations to suit people's personal circumstances. Most of all, it's fun!"
Pam A
"I go to ChiBall class after a long day at work, and usually feeling tired and stressed. I leave class feeling relaxed and energised. chiBall is great fun and keeps your mind active as you follow the movement sequence."
Josette Libon
I just love the mix of Qigong, Yoga, Pilates, and meditation - Body and Mind work. When you leave the class your body feels relaxed from the gentle exercise and your mind is clear and at peace. I recommend Chiball for everyone young or old. Josette
Jenny L
Chi Ball is an amazing mix of disciplines - Tai Chi, Chi Ball, Yoga and more, that gently work on the whole body and leave you feeling lighter, more supple and best of all, relaxed.You become more co-ordinated and balanced in body, mind and spirit. I have participated in Chi Ball since Karin started more than 5 years ago, and really enjoy the physical and social benefits. The classes are fun and undertaken in a calm, supportive environment. The relaxation at the end of class is wonderful and can rejuvenate you in every way. I highly recommend these classes for everyone.
Jenny L
Merlyn Quaife
I really enjoy Karin's ChiBall class. The mix of gentle exercise and coordination with relaxation gives me a great sense of well being. I also enjoy the company of my classmates.
Hunter Gill
The Chi Ball Bolster is a nifty fitness extra that is so simple yet so effective. It safely gives support in exactly the right place to give a brilliant abs session.
Hunter Gill
Helen Robinson
After two total hip replacements and also a fractured tibia and fibula, I developed swollen feet. Pressure stockings, fluid tablets and elevating them helped a bit. Usually by the end of the day I was uncomfortable or in pain, especially when my arthritis also was bad.
My doctor had no further suggestions, so I asked Karin if she did lymphatic massage. Fortunately she does, and after a noticeable improvement with each of my three sessions I am very happy. After an 8 hour trip in the car recently I had NO swelling which is fantastic. I'm delighted with my wrinkly feet. Thanks Karin
I have been attending Karin's Dru Yoga classes for 2 years now and thoroughly enjoy them and find yoga very beneficial to my wellbeing.Karin is a great teacher who is able to get the best out of everyone, no matter what their ability level.She has so much knowledge of the body/mind and shares this willingly with us all.Karin's positive fun approach to life makes her classes enjoyable and her encouragement to try new moves and postures is always gentle and supportive. I find Karin's yoga classes the perfect way to de-stress at the end of the day, especially with the relaxation techniques she guides us through after each workout.
Beth Young
I wanted to get back into a more active lifestyle in the early days of my retirement and I was looking for a class which wasn’t all blaring doof doof music and shouted instructions to go harder, go faster… I can’t jump anymore (knees) and I have other health problems which make vigorous movement nigh on impossible. What a find Karin’s Tube training class has been. A whole body work out which leaves me sweating and feeling great-and Karin’s focus on knowing your own body and what you can and can’t do, while gently encouraging you to try alternatives if one exercise doesn’t work, is brilliant. I also like the relaxation at the end of the class which sets me up for a great day ahead. I look forward to trying out some more classes in the future.
Danni Szitar
"I love doing the Wu Tao dancing. At the end of another hectic busy day,
I find my body and mind relaxing and refocusing to the movements, breathing and music of Wu Tao. Every time I dance, I start to feel more alive and more settled within myself again. Plus Karin creates such a warm environment that we have a lot of fun and laugh lots in all her classes – especially when we all start turning the wrong way!
Thanks Karin for giving us all a space to dance and let go!"
Karin Herrman
I have been training on a chibolster for about a year now and have felt amazing results. I have had both ankles reconstructed and experience discomfort in my feet daily. I have developed bunions overtime as well, but I am finding by working on the bolster regularly the fascia in my feet seems to be less tense and more pliable. My bunions certainly have not worsened. My ankles have become more flexible and all corresponding muscles in my feet and calf seem to in an an overall happier state.
Merlyn Quaife AM
The combination of a Stretch Class and a Somatics Class is a winning combination for me. Stretch extends and works me, Somatics works joints but relaxes. I float home. Karin is a wonderful teacher; very aware of all her class members' varying needs and health issues. Explanations are always clear. Actually I like all the classes she has on offer as I've tried them all at some stage or other!