Balates evolves the dancer's workout by combining the grace of the ballet barre with all the benefits of Pilates: building core flexibility, muscle strength and endurance in the legs, abs, arms, hips and back.
Having been born with defects in both her legs, Ophelie wishes to show her clients that nothing is impossible, and that with belief and commitment you can achieve anything. As well as an instructor and PT at Gymbox, Ophelie is a circus and burlesque artist.
First qualified in aqua fitness aged 17, Hester worked in film production and then re-trained as a contemporary dancer. Instructing pilates, fitness & dance supported her through BA & MSc studies at Laban, and brought her to Gymbox in 2004. Fitness, wellness and aerial arts have guided Hester throughout her career. Possibly unequalled in her passion for teaching and sharing the knowledge accumulated over more than 3 decades in the fitness world, Hester is Gymbox Aerial Series Master Trainer and creator of CircusFit Academy.