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Lockdown trend leads to confident Pilates move

Lara Pepper Pilates instructor Suffolk Riduna Park
Lara Pepper at Riduna Park (Photo: Warren Page)

A growing health and wellbeing business has seen such demand from across Suffolk, that it is now set to move into a COVID-compliant studio near Woodbridge.

Pilates instructor, nutritional therapist and sports masseur, Lara Pepper, has been successfully delivering sessions and consultations for more than two years, and has witnessed a surge in people eager to optimise their wellbeing, especially since the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Throughout lockdown, Lara continued her classes and nutritional support via online platforms and now her expanded audience will be able to attend physical sessions at Riduna Park in Melton, from October.

Lara has spent recent weeks planning and configuring the ground floor space of Unit 12 on the popular commercial park, to ensure it is fully COVID secure.

“There has been a growing awareness about the importance of health and well-being over recent years, and the pandemic really has got more people thinking about how to keep their minds and bodies well, so this has led to a much larger audience for our classes and consultancy services,” said Lara.

“We have been keen to find a location which can be efficiently cleaned, can accommodate social distancing, and yet provides a really welcoming space in which people can enjoy classes, feel safe and support their wellbeing.

Riduna Park really works perfectly for us, and we can’t wait to get the doors open.”

Recent research for Virgin Media, by Amarach Research, revealed almost two thirds of the population took part in online sport, fitness and training classes during lockdown.  From Lara’s experience, Pilates has certainly proved to be an activity which people feel able and comfortable to access.

Weeks of lockdown have given people time to reflect about what they were doing to stay active and how improving and maintaining good health reduces the impact of many viruses.

“People of all ages from across Suffolk, have responded by wanting to get involved in regular classes like those for Pilates, and are also keen to look more closely at their nutrition. I’m excited to play a part in keeping people active and well.”

Katie Emerson, Project Manager for Riduna Holdings, said: “We’ve worked very hard over recent weeks and months with all of our existing and prospective tenants, to ensure they can deliver their services from Covid secure venues.

“We’re delighted to see Lara joining us, and very much look forward to seeing the studio busy throughout the week.”

For more information about Riduna Park, or to arrange a visit, contact Katie Emerson. Telephone 01394 799 089 or email or

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