Kirsten hopes to bend and shape residents with pilates

Kirsten McCartney
Kirsten McCartney

A MUM is launching a pilates class to help those with physical aches and pains after sustaining a back injury herself.

Kirsten McCartney suffered the injury to her back while rowing and took up the form of exercise to help ease it.

The 38-year-old was so impressed with her recovery that she decided to train as a Body Control Pilates instructor.

She started teaching three years ago and moved to Hartlepool two years ago to be with her partner who hails from the town.

And now the mum-of-one has set up Pilates with Kirsten at Place in the Park, the cafe in the grounds of Ward Jackson Park.

The classes are held on Wednesdays at 10.15am.

Kirsten said: “Today’s society, with all its labour saving devices means we have gone soft – slumping into armchairs, spending hours hunched over the computer, tucking the phone into our shoulder and ear – all leaving our deep, structural muscles weak.

“If we don’t learn to wake up these muscles and use them properly, we risk injury and back problems.”

She added: “Pilates is a fantastic way to build core stability which is key in preventing injury as well as it being an essential rehabilitation tool. “It’s suitable for anyone regardless of fitness level, age and ability.

“Everyone can benefit.”

Kirsten teaches clients on a one to one basis as well as in group classes.

Class sizes are restricted in order to ensure that each client receives individual attention in a class situation so booking is essential.

Her clients range from keen amature sports people such as golfers, horse riders and runners to those with ongoing medical conditions and rehabilitation needs.

For more information and to book a place at Kirsten’s classes contact her via her Facebook page ‘Pilates with Kirsten’.

Alternatively email at or speak to her directly on 07931 511236.