Re-Opening of PowerMoves

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Great news!! Phase Two of the country’s re-opening is scheduled for 19th June 2020. We hope you have been keeping well during the entire Circuit Breaker period.

All of us at PowerMoves look forward to welcoming you back to your Pilates with us.

Our Novena Studio will be open for full classes from 25th June (Thursday). Our Dempsey Studio however is undergoing a complete change and is scheduled for a re-opening later this year.

All mandatory safety measures will be put in place to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene for all our valued clients and members.

Please be assured that:

  • SafeEntry and safe distancing of 1m will be enforced
  • Group classes will not exceed five persons
  • Operating hours will remain the same
  • Your Pilates packages have been extended by three months


As always, we remain committed to serving you. Stay healthy and happy; we are so looking forward to seeing you all again  💕

The PowerMoves Team


Re-Opening in Phases

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The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 19 May 2020 that Singapore will exit the Circuit Breaker when it ends on 1st June, and embark on a three-phased approach to resume activities safely, beginning with Phase One.

While new daily cases would likely increase once activities resume, the Government will continue to detect and contain cases quickly to prevent new clusters from forming.

The reopening of Pilates and fitness studios is scheduled to be in Phase Two, and not Phase One.

In Phase Two, more activities will resume. However, Singapore can only move into this phase if community transmission rates remain low and stable over the subsequent weeks from Phase One, and the dormitory situation remains under control.

Measures will continue to be lifted gradually in Phase Two, such as:

  • Resuming social activities in small groups
  • Reopening more businesses with safe management measures in place. These include F&B dine-in services, retail outlets, gym, pilates and fitness studios, tuition and enrichment centres
  • Allowing all students to fully return to schools, and more students on campuses of institutes of higher learning
  • Reopening sports, recreation, and outdoor facilities.


We seek your understanding and thank you for your patience as we work with our country to reach a new normal; this would be when we are ready to enter into Phase Three.


Stay cheery and stay blessed,

PowerMoves Pilates


Extension of Circuit Breaker month

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Further to PM Lee’s extension of the circuit breaker period, please note that we are unable to reopen till 2nd June 2020, Tuesday.  We look forward to welcoming you back into our tranquil studios for your Pilates workouts with us. In the meantime, virtual classes are available at your request.

Your current packages are all extended for the entire duration of the circuit breaker.

Please take good care, stay home and stay safe at all times.

With love, from our home to yours,
PowerMoves 💕


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In compliance with the government’s stricter safe distancing measures, please be advised that the PowerMoves studios will be closed for the duration of the ‘circuit-breaker’ month (from Tuesday, 7th April to Monday, 4th May). We will reopen on Tuesday, 5th May 2020 and will be available to receive your calls and reply your emails during this entire time (working from home).

We will suspend all active packages for the entire month.

Our warm regards to you and your families. Remember to stay home mostly and be safe during your essential errands.


With love n blessings,

PowerMoves 💕

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

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COVID19 Safety Guidelines


Further efforts and measures are being made to safeguard the well-being of all our clients and our staff.

Please refrain from coming into the studios if:

  • you have been given the Stay-Home Notice by the government
  • you have traveled anywhere at all in the last 14 days
  • you are in close contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID19
  • you are in close touch with anyone who has just returned to Singapore in the last 14 days
  • you are feeling unwell and/ or are displaying symptoms of the fever, dry throat, cough, runny nose, loss of smell.


Our studios remain open as we continue to be vigilant with stepped-up protective measures for your health and safety:

  • the cleaning and disinfecting of all areas and surfaces within our studios have increased
  • mandatory temperature checks for all clients entering our studios – any client who shows a temperature of more than 37.5 degrees Celsius will be turned away
  • mandatory hand-sanitizing for everyone entering our studios
  • all studio equipment are sanitized after every use – please bring your own mats and towels for more assurance
  • all persons and equipment are to be spaced at least 1m distance apart at all times
  • all clients are required to leave the studios expediently at the end of their class. No more chill time within.


Please take special care always; to wash your hands frequently, to adopt good personal hygiene habits, to sanitize your hands whenever you can, and to never touch your face outside of home.

Stay well and keep safe. This too shall pass, and we will get through this together.


Yours in good health and good spirits,

The PowerMoves family

“Success Breakthroughs”

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Claudel Kuek teams up with Best-Selling Author Jack Canfield, to release the new book, Success Breakthroughs, which brings together successful entrepreneurs to offer advice as a catalyst to success.



Claudel Kuek was selected to be in the book because of her commitment to professional success and willingness to share her vast knowledge. Her expertise in the fitness and wellness industry makes her an asset to the publication and will surely benefit a wide range of readers.


About Claudel Kuek:


Claudel believes that, “our greatest wealth is our health”. On the strength of that conviction, she founded PowerMoves Pilates-in-the-Park with its first studio in the healing serenity and soothing ambience of the city central park in 2006. Over the next 12 years, PowerMoves went on to start up other branches across the country, each housed within a distinctive lifestyle destination surrounded by fine gourmet restaurants, art shops, specialist medical clinics, and nature. 


An accomplished ballerina formerly with the UK Royal Academy of Dance and a professionally-certified Pilates trainer, Claudel’s founding philosophy was a heartfelt desire to endow and empower individuals with “a rhythm and confidence that transcends mere exercise and becomes a way of life”. Not unlike ballet, the visible benefits of Pilates are manifested as a combination of energy and elegance that can be perceived even in the way a person moves. Her passion led to PowerMoves becoming a renowned fitness and wellness brand in the country. Her multi-award winning studios have gained numerous accolades such as “Most Beautiful Studios in the World” by Balanced Body Inc, “Best Pilates Classes” by SHAPE magazine, “Best of Singapore” by Tatler magazine; and scoring first place over multiple years consecutively for Most Outstanding Service Quality in the sports and recreation arenas.


At 54 today with two grown-up children, Claudel is a role model for working women and mothers everywhere. She is a Jack Canfield certified master trainer (creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), and has developed a success coaching enterprise to help aspiring youths and women discover a new capacity and confidence that is founded from fitness and wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

Transformative Pilates classes found at PowerMoves Pilates studios

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Blogpost Move It!

In Joseph Pilates’ words, “In 10 sessions, you’ll feel the difference; in 20, you’ll see the difference; in 30, you’ll have a whole new body.” Why not experience the transformative nature of Pilates exercises at PowerMoves?

Located at Novena Specialist Centre, PowerMoves is an award-winning Pilates studio, with hourly classes that promise to enhance physical fitness, improve posture and balance, build bone density, and increase muscle mass.

Set up to resemble a tropical resort, PowerMoves has designed a buffet of specialised classes: Pilates Matwork, Pilates Reformer, Pilates Tower, PreNatal Pilates, customisable Physio Pilates sessions, and Power Pilates Promise package.

Sign up to PowerMoves and prepare to experience improved health and increased confidence in yourself!


Courtesy of This Quarterly magazine, October edition 2018.


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Powermoves is holding an exclusive Pilates workshop on Sept 24, 2016.  This one-hour event will guide you through fundamental Pilates moves on the reformer and on the mat, while introducing the full range of techniques and principles.

DATE Sept 24, Saturday

TIME 2.30pm

VENUE #02-05 Novena Specialist Center


SIGN UP Call 6455-2221 or visit


Pilates Contrology, The Complete Coordination Of Body, Mind, and Spirit

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Joseph Pilates first called his method Contrology; he referred to it as ‘the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit’. This is why we practise Pilates movement exercises with total attention and control. Exercising in this way allows the body and mind to unite bringing forth the most gain possible from each exercise. The Pilates principles of breathing, concentration, control, centering, precision and flow are key concepts that are used to integrate the body with the mind.

Unlike other forms of exercises, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body while neglecting the others. It is true that all Pilates exercises build on your core strength and focuses on training your body as an integrated whole. Pilates works to promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

Pilates is a great foundation for all movements, including those in sports as well as those in daily activities. With its emphasis on core support and full-body fitness, the coordination of the mind with its breathing; Pilates provides the highest level of integrative fitness that is exceptional and extraordinary.

For starters, try the Pilates exercises listed here for specific needs that you may have. Practise them thrice a week, pair them with a sensible diet and expect to see dramatic results from the fourth week.

To improve your posture:

Swan Lie on the mat face down, keep your arms close to your body as you bend your elbows to bring your hands under your shoulders. Extend your shoulders away from the ears. Keep your legs together as you engage your abdominal muscles, lifting your belly button up and away from the mat. As you inhale, lengthen your spine, sending energy through the top of your head as you press your forearms and hands into the mat to support a long upward arc of the upper body. The elbows are close to the body, the head stays in line with the spine, and the hips stay on the mat. On the exhale, release the arc, lengthening your spine as your torso returns to the mat in a sequential way (low-belly, mid-belly, low-ribs until you are in prone position again). Repeat 6 times.

To look taller:

Spine Stretch Sit up tall on your sit bones, extend your legs about shoulder-width apart, flex your feet. Reach the top of your head to the ceiling as your shoulders stay relaxed. Inhale and extend your arms out in front of you, shoulder height. Exhale as you lengthen your spine to curve forward. You are going for a deep C-curve reaching as far forward with your arms as is comfortable. Keep your shoulders down as you reach your fingertips toward your toes. Initiate your return by using the lower abdominals to bring the pelvis upright. Roll up through the spine to sitting position. Repeat 6 times.

To achieve a smaller waistline:

The Plank Lie face down with legs extended, forearms resting on the mat shoulder-width apart, hands in fists. Tighten abs, tuck toes under and lift hips off the mat so that your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Hold for 30 seconds while breathing normally and then lower to start. Rest before repeating 3 more times.

Criss Cross Lie back with your knees bent, fingers laced behind your head. Lift your shoulder blades off the mat and exhale to twist your right shoulder toward your left knee as you extend right leg out as shown. Pause at the inhale and then exhale to twist to the other side. Work up to 15 reps on each side.

To lift your butt:

Single Leg Drops Lie on one side in a straight line with the bottom arm supporting your head up. The top arm is bent with hand placed on the mat. Keep your pelvis in a perpendicular line to the mat. Lift your top leg to hip height and flex your foot as you point your toes towards the mat in front. Imagine your big toe is touching a hot stove on the mat so you don’t want to stay there long. As soon as the toe taps the mat, it lifts off the mat again with the heel of foot reaching to the ceiling. Stay stable and square in the hips as you tap and lift your toes for 25 times without stopping. Breathe normally.

Pilates works on all your primary concerns as it strengthens your core. Almost instantly, you will appear a couple years younger, stand taller and look lighter! Expect also to be looking more poised and moving more gracefully in your every day movements. People will be coming up to you to ask for your new-found secret!

 🙂 🙂 🙂

Half and Full Plank

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This is one of the most popular Pilates exercises for developing your core strength and stability. The plank is known to target abdominal muscles and shoulder stability. Full optimization is achieved through the integration of the core stabilization muscles in the pelvic-lumbar region and the shoulder girdle. Good
alignment and solid stabilization must be present. The arms, glutes and legs should be active as well.

The most common plank is the front plank which is held in a push-up position with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows and toes. You will identify that a plank is successfully performed when good form is achieved (the body is in a straight line from head to toe), you can feel your core (center) is working and your hands are directly under your shoulders.