Cardinia Physio & Fitness offer a variety of Fitness Classes to suit your needs and to help you reach your goals.  These include Clinical Pilates, Pilates and Fitballs and Cardio for Health Classes. Each of our fitness classes are instructed by qualified physiotherapists who understand your body, your injuries and your goals.
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Our classes run before, during and after business hours so you will be sure to find something to suit your schedule.   Our class sizes are limited  so that you will receive individualised attention. Please continue below for more information.

  • Clinical Pilates

    core stability, balance, control
    Clinical Pilates

    About

    Clinical Pilates classes are run by physiotherapists who understand your back, posture and core stability. Classes can be adapted to suit each individual member reach their goals and work to their individual ability. During Clinical Pilates you will learn to activate your core muscles, improve your posture and strengthen your spine, important components in the rehabilitation of back pain. Due to the adaptability of the classes Clinical Pilates is suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. T&C: Classes run on a school term basis with an upfront payment required.  A $22 non-refundable deposit is required at time of initial term sign up.  A minimum of five participants are required for each class to go ahead.  Participants may be able to claim a refund via health insurance funds.  All participants are asked to attend a pre-screening before taking place in any class to ensure their safety and so the physiotherapist can provide best direction for all exercise. .

    Instructors

    Larna May Zlatko Pekusic Elisha Cole

    Features

    Balance Strength Core Posture Stretch

    Pricing

    1 class per week $22/class 2 classes per week $20/class 3 classes per week $18/class A Pre-assessment is required for all new attendees.  Pre-assessments cost $30 and take approximately 20 minutes. All classes and pre-assessments can be claimed on private health insurance. Upfront payment for the term is required. Terms run in-line with the Victorian school calendar.  
    • Zlatko Pekusic

      Zlatko Pekusic

      Physiotherapist

      Before joining the team at Cardinia Physio & Fitness, Zlatko (Zee) has worked in several private practices gaining invaluable experience. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2011 with a strong focus on sports and rehabilitation. During his physiotherapy career, Zee has been involved with elite and semi-professional level athletes in the AFL, VFL, and TAC Cup. He has been fortunate to work closely with one of the best high performance teams in the country and has since utilized the experience gained to help his clients achieve their full potential.

      Zee firmly believes that an accurate diagnosis with a tailored rehabilitation program is the key to full and timely recovery. He uses several manual therapy techniques to manage his clients effectively and advocates that an active lifestyle is vital for injury prevention. He has developed a strong network of sports and orthopaedic specialists to help his clients get the best clinical outcome, and encourages multidisciplinary approach in managing complex patient cases.

      Zee has developed special interests and skills in managing hip, groin and knee injuries and has recently taken an interest in the management of the commonly misunderstood ‘female athlete’.  He also enjoys treating complex muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, as well as shoulder, neck and lower back problems.  On top of the list above, Zee also really enjoys providing athlete screening assessments to help prevent and manage a wide range of potential injuries.

      Currently, he is working towards completing the Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy with a view of commencing the combined Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Outside of physiotherapy, Zee leads a very active lifestyle, enjoys his time with the family, plays electric and acoustic guitars, is a mad Essendon supporter, however being from an European background, soccer is his sport of choice.

      Qualifications

      Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotech & Biomed) – 2004
      Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 2005
      Bachelor of Physiotherapy – 2011
      FIFA Football Diploma of Medicine – Present
      Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy – Present

      Additional Courses

      ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
      Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy
      Level 1, 2 , 3 GEMt Trigger Point Dry Needling
      Level 1 and 2 Explore the Sporting Hip and Groin
      Muscle Injury and Management
      L1 Lyn Watson Shoulder
      3 Dimensional Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine and the Pelvis Complex
      Optimising Biomechanics in Cycling and Rehabilitation of Cycling Injuries
      Attended the Annual Hip Arthroscopy Australia Meeting.

      Affiliations & Memberships

      Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association
      Member of APA Sports Physiotherapy Group
      Member of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
      Member of Physical Activity Australia
      Member of Fitness Australia
      VFL Head Physiotherapist 2013-2015 – Sandringham Football Club
      Head Physiotherapist 2016 – Bayside Argonauts Football Club
      AFL Sports Trainer 2010-2012 – Essendon Football Club
      TAC Sports Trainer 2009-2012 – Oakleigh Chargers Football Club
      VFL/AFL Sports Trainer 2008 – VFL/AFL Umpires

      Languages

      Serbian
      Bosnian
      Croatian

  • Pilates & Fitballs

    balance, strength, stability and control
    Pilates & Fitballs

    About

    Pilates and core training combining fit balls and resistance bands. Participants will increase their balance, core stability, upper and lower body strength whilst gaining balance in fun, group environment.  This class is best suited to pain-free individuals or those looking to progress to a more difficult class compared to Clinical Pilates. T&C: Classes run on a school term basis with an upfront payment required.  A $22 non-refundable deposit is required at time of initial term sign up.  A minimum of five participants are required for each class to go ahead.  Participants may be able to claim a refund via health insurance funds.  All participants are asked to attend a pre-screening before taking place in any class to ensure their safety and so the physiotherapist can provide best direction for all exercise. .

    Instructors

    Larna May Zlatko Pekusic Elisha Cole

    Features

    Balance Strength Core Posture Stretch

    Pricing

    1 class per week $22/class 2 classes per week $20/class 3 classes per week $18/class A Pre-assessment is required for all new attendees.  Pre-assessments cost $30 and take approximately 20 minutes. All classes and pre-assessments can be claimed on private health insurance. Upfront payment for the term is required. Terms run in-line with the Victorian school calendar.
    • Zlatko Pekusic

      Zlatko Pekusic

      Physiotherapist

      Before joining the team at Cardinia Physio & Fitness, Zlatko (Zee) has worked in several private practices gaining invaluable experience. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2011 with a strong focus on sports and rehabilitation. During his physiotherapy career, Zee has been involved with elite and semi-professional level athletes in the AFL, VFL, and TAC Cup. He has been fortunate to work closely with one of the best high performance teams in the country and has since utilized the experience gained to help his clients achieve their full potential.

      Zee firmly believes that an accurate diagnosis with a tailored rehabilitation program is the key to full and timely recovery. He uses several manual therapy techniques to manage his clients effectively and advocates that an active lifestyle is vital for injury prevention. He has developed a strong network of sports and orthopaedic specialists to help his clients get the best clinical outcome, and encourages multidisciplinary approach in managing complex patient cases.

      Zee has developed special interests and skills in managing hip, groin and knee injuries and has recently taken an interest in the management of the commonly misunderstood ‘female athlete’.  He also enjoys treating complex muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, as well as shoulder, neck and lower back problems.  On top of the list above, Zee also really enjoys providing athlete screening assessments to help prevent and manage a wide range of potential injuries.

      Currently, he is working towards completing the Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy with a view of commencing the combined Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Outside of physiotherapy, Zee leads a very active lifestyle, enjoys his time with the family, plays electric and acoustic guitars, is a mad Essendon supporter, however being from an European background, soccer is his sport of choice.

      Qualifications

      Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotech & Biomed) – 2004
      Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 2005
      Bachelor of Physiotherapy – 2011
      FIFA Football Diploma of Medicine – Present
      Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy – Present

      Additional Courses

      ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
      Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy
      Level 1, 2 , 3 GEMt Trigger Point Dry Needling
      Level 1 and 2 Explore the Sporting Hip and Groin
      Muscle Injury and Management
      L1 Lyn Watson Shoulder
      3 Dimensional Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine and the Pelvis Complex
      Optimising Biomechanics in Cycling and Rehabilitation of Cycling Injuries
      Attended the Annual Hip Arthroscopy Australia Meeting.

      Affiliations & Memberships

      Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association
      Member of APA Sports Physiotherapy Group
      Member of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
      Member of Physical Activity Australia
      Member of Fitness Australia
      VFL Head Physiotherapist 2013-2015 – Sandringham Football Club
      Head Physiotherapist 2016 – Bayside Argonauts Football Club
      AFL Sports Trainer 2010-2012 – Essendon Football Club
      TAC Sports Trainer 2009-2012 – Oakleigh Chargers Football Club
      VFL/AFL Sports Trainer 2008 – VFL/AFL Umpires

      Languages

      Serbian
      Bosnian
      Croatian

  • Cardio for Health

    fitness, strength, fun
    Cardio for Health

    About

    Cardio for Health classes are designed to get the average person moving in a safe and low risk environment.  Participants of all fitness levels are welcome with the focus of the class to encourage fitness and to improve heart and body health.  Classes will incorporate circuit-style cardio fitness combined with some light resistance training.  Everyone will work to their own individual abilities to reduce the risk of injury and all classes are instructed by a Physiotherapist. T&C: Classes run on a school term basis with an upfront payment required.  A $22 non-refundable deposit is required at time of initial term sign up.  A minimum of five participants are required for each class to go ahead.  Participants may be able to claim a refund via health insurance funds.  All participants are asked to attend a pre-screening before taking place in any class to ensure their safety and so the physiotherapist can provide best direction for all exercise.

    Instructors

    Larna May Zlatko Pekusic Elisha Cole

    Features

    Fitness Strength Control Posture Stretch Cardio

    Pricing

    1 class per week $22/class 2 classes per week $20/class 3 classes per week $18/class A Pre-assessment is required for all new attendees.  Pre-assessments cost $30 and take approximately 20 minutes. All classes and pre-assessments can be claimed on private health insurance. Upfront payment for the term is required. Terms run in-line with the Victorian school calendar.
    • Zlatko Pekusic

      Zlatko Pekusic

      Physiotherapist

      Before joining the team at Cardinia Physio & Fitness, Zlatko (Zee) has worked in several private practices gaining invaluable experience. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2011 with a strong focus on sports and rehabilitation. During his physiotherapy career, Zee has been involved with elite and semi-professional level athletes in the AFL, VFL, and TAC Cup. He has been fortunate to work closely with one of the best high performance teams in the country and has since utilized the experience gained to help his clients achieve their full potential.

      Zee firmly believes that an accurate diagnosis with a tailored rehabilitation program is the key to full and timely recovery. He uses several manual therapy techniques to manage his clients effectively and advocates that an active lifestyle is vital for injury prevention. He has developed a strong network of sports and orthopaedic specialists to help his clients get the best clinical outcome, and encourages multidisciplinary approach in managing complex patient cases.

      Zee has developed special interests and skills in managing hip, groin and knee injuries and has recently taken an interest in the management of the commonly misunderstood ‘female athlete’.  He also enjoys treating complex muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, as well as shoulder, neck and lower back problems.  On top of the list above, Zee also really enjoys providing athlete screening assessments to help prevent and manage a wide range of potential injuries.

      Currently, he is working towards completing the Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy with a view of commencing the combined Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Outside of physiotherapy, Zee leads a very active lifestyle, enjoys his time with the family, plays electric and acoustic guitars, is a mad Essendon supporter, however being from an European background, soccer is his sport of choice.

      Qualifications

      Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotech & Biomed) – 2004
      Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 2005
      Bachelor of Physiotherapy – 2011
      FIFA Football Diploma of Medicine – Present
      Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy – Present

      Additional Courses

      ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
      Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy
      Level 1, 2 , 3 GEMt Trigger Point Dry Needling
      Level 1 and 2 Explore the Sporting Hip and Groin
      Muscle Injury and Management
      L1 Lyn Watson Shoulder
      3 Dimensional Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine and the Pelvis Complex
      Optimising Biomechanics in Cycling and Rehabilitation of Cycling Injuries
      Attended the Annual Hip Arthroscopy Australia Meeting.

      Affiliations & Memberships

      Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association
      Member of APA Sports Physiotherapy Group
      Member of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
      Member of Physical Activity Australia
      Member of Fitness Australia
      VFL Head Physiotherapist 2013-2015 – Sandringham Football Club
      Head Physiotherapist 2016 – Bayside Argonauts Football Club
      AFL Sports Trainer 2010-2012 – Essendon Football Club
      TAC Sports Trainer 2009-2012 – Oakleigh Chargers Football Club
      VFL/AFL Sports Trainer 2008 – VFL/AFL Umpires

      Languages

      Serbian
      Bosnian
      Croatian

  • Moving Older Bodies

    balance, strength, movement

    About

    Moving Older Bodies is a weekly 40 minute fitness class specifically designed with the aging population in mind. Classes are led by an experienced physiotherapist who will help you maintain a healthy body, high bone mineral density, optimal lung capacity and general fitness. The gentle exercises will help you build confidence, increase strength and improve your balance and co-ordination. Meeting new people with similar conditions is also a big part of our class as we like to make it as fun and social as possible. We try to reserve these classes to people over 60 years of age to keep the class participants at relatively similar levels of fitness. Moving Older Bodies is suitable for people with all kinds of aches, pains and mobility status. If you have a mobility aid this is also fine as we cater to our less spritely participants with seated exercise. Also suitable for DVA patients.

    Instructors

    Elisha Cole

    Features

    Fitness
    Strength
    Control
    Posture
    Stretch

    Pricing

    Term enrolment: $12/class (to be paid in full at the beginning of the term) . A Pre-assessment is required for all new attendees.  Pre-assessments cost $30 and take approximately 20 minutes. All classes and pre-assessments can be claimed on private health insurance. Terms run in-line with the Victorian school calendar.

    • Zlatko Pekusic

      Zlatko Pekusic

      Physiotherapist

      Before joining the team at Cardinia Physio & Fitness, Zlatko (Zee) has worked in several private practices gaining invaluable experience. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2011 with a strong focus on sports and rehabilitation. During his physiotherapy career, Zee has been involved with elite and semi-professional level athletes in the AFL, VFL, and TAC Cup. He has been fortunate to work closely with one of the best high performance teams in the country and has since utilized the experience gained to help his clients achieve their full potential.

      Zee firmly believes that an accurate diagnosis with a tailored rehabilitation program is the key to full and timely recovery. He uses several manual therapy techniques to manage his clients effectively and advocates that an active lifestyle is vital for injury prevention. He has developed a strong network of sports and orthopaedic specialists to help his clients get the best clinical outcome, and encourages multidisciplinary approach in managing complex patient cases.

      Zee has developed special interests and skills in managing hip, groin and knee injuries and has recently taken an interest in the management of the commonly misunderstood ‘female athlete’.  He also enjoys treating complex muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, as well as shoulder, neck and lower back problems.  On top of the list above, Zee also really enjoys providing athlete screening assessments to help prevent and manage a wide range of potential injuries.

      Currently, he is working towards completing the Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy with a view of commencing the combined Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Outside of physiotherapy, Zee leads a very active lifestyle, enjoys his time with the family, plays electric and acoustic guitars, is a mad Essendon supporter, however being from an European background, soccer is his sport of choice.

      Qualifications

      Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotech & Biomed) – 2004
      Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 2005
      Bachelor of Physiotherapy – 2011
      FIFA Football Diploma of Medicine – Present
      Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy – Present

      Additional Courses

      ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
      Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy
      Level 1, 2 , 3 GEMt Trigger Point Dry Needling
      Level 1 and 2 Explore the Sporting Hip and Groin
      Muscle Injury and Management
      L1 Lyn Watson Shoulder
      3 Dimensional Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine and the Pelvis Complex
      Optimising Biomechanics in Cycling and Rehabilitation of Cycling Injuries
      Attended the Annual Hip Arthroscopy Australia Meeting.

      Affiliations & Memberships

      Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association
      Member of APA Sports Physiotherapy Group
      Member of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
      Member of Physical Activity Australia
      Member of Fitness Australia
      VFL Head Physiotherapist 2013-2015 – Sandringham Football Club
      Head Physiotherapist 2016 – Bayside Argonauts Football Club
      AFL Sports Trainer 2010-2012 – Essendon Football Club
      TAC Sports Trainer 2009-2012 – Oakleigh Chargers Football Club
      VFL/AFL Sports Trainer 2008 – VFL/AFL Umpires

      Languages

      Serbian
      Bosnian
      Croatian

  • Personal Training

    individualised one on one sessions
    Personal Training

    About

    Personal training is ideal for clients who are after dedicated training plans with a one on one focus from the trainers. On your first training session you will discuss your goals, your body and what you want to get out of your personal training sessions. We will work towards achieving your goals in training programs specially designed to suit your capabilities and requirements.

    Instructors

    Larna May
    Zlatko Pekusic

    Features

    Individually tailored
    By Appointment
    Private
    30 or 60 minute 1:1
    60 minute 1:2
    Alternative arrangements can be organised depending on your requirements

    All PT sessions with our physiotherapists can be claimed on private health insurance.

     

    • Zlatko Pekusic

      Zlatko Pekusic

      Physiotherapist

      Before joining the team at Cardinia Physio & Fitness, Zlatko (Zee) has worked in several private practices gaining invaluable experience. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2011 with a strong focus on sports and rehabilitation. During his physiotherapy career, Zee has been involved with elite and semi-professional level athletes in the AFL, VFL, and TAC Cup. He has been fortunate to work closely with one of the best high performance teams in the country and has since utilized the experience gained to help his clients achieve their full potential.

      Zee firmly believes that an accurate diagnosis with a tailored rehabilitation program is the key to full and timely recovery. He uses several manual therapy techniques to manage his clients effectively and advocates that an active lifestyle is vital for injury prevention. He has developed a strong network of sports and orthopaedic specialists to help his clients get the best clinical outcome, and encourages multidisciplinary approach in managing complex patient cases.

      Zee has developed special interests and skills in managing hip, groin and knee injuries and has recently taken an interest in the management of the commonly misunderstood ‘female athlete’.  He also enjoys treating complex muscle, ligament and tendon injuries, as well as shoulder, neck and lower back problems.  On top of the list above, Zee also really enjoys providing athlete screening assessments to help prevent and manage a wide range of potential injuries.

      Currently, he is working towards completing the Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy with a view of commencing the combined Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Outside of physiotherapy, Zee leads a very active lifestyle, enjoys his time with the family, plays electric and acoustic guitars, is a mad Essendon supporter, however being from an European background, soccer is his sport of choice.

      Qualifications

      Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotech & Biomed) – 2004
      Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 2005
      Bachelor of Physiotherapy – 2011
      FIFA Football Diploma of Medicine – Present
      Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy – Present

      Additional Courses

      ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
      Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy
      Level 1, 2 , 3 GEMt Trigger Point Dry Needling
      Level 1 and 2 Explore the Sporting Hip and Groin
      Muscle Injury and Management
      L1 Lyn Watson Shoulder
      3 Dimensional Assessment and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine and the Pelvis Complex
      Optimising Biomechanics in Cycling and Rehabilitation of Cycling Injuries
      Attended the Annual Hip Arthroscopy Australia Meeting.

      Affiliations & Memberships

      Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association
      Member of APA Sports Physiotherapy Group
      Member of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
      Member of Physical Activity Australia
      Member of Fitness Australia
      VFL Head Physiotherapist 2013-2015 – Sandringham Football Club
      Head Physiotherapist 2016 – Bayside Argonauts Football Club
      AFL Sports Trainer 2010-2012 – Essendon Football Club
      TAC Sports Trainer 2009-2012 – Oakleigh Chargers Football Club
      VFL/AFL Sports Trainer 2008 – VFL/AFL Umpires

      Languages

      Serbian
      Bosnian
      Croatian

    • Larna May

      Larna May

      Physiotherapist, PT & Director

      Larna May has studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Latrobe University.  As she continues her pathway towards becoming a Titled Physiotherapist, Larna is now half way through her Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy studies also at Latrobe University.

      Larna has experience working in private practice in Victoria and Tasmania, corporate onsite physiotherapy management including factory and office work, instructing personal training and group fitness sessions plus is a regular in the local Beaconsfield Superules Trainers room.

      As a child Larna always wanted to work in the Health industry but it wasn’t until her own experience with sporting injuries that she decided on a career in physiotherapy.  Her passion for helping people and promoting heath, fitness and well being continues to grow through her development and experience as a physiotherapist.

      Qualifications

      Postgraduate Certificate of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
      Bachelor of Physiotherapy
      Occupational Physiotherapist – Member of the Early Intervention Physiotherapy Framework
      Certificate III in Fitness
      Certificate IV in Fitness
      Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association

      Additional Courses

      Pilates
      Kinesiotaping
      Shoulder Treatment & Management 1 & 2
      Spinal Management
      Joint Management
      Women’s Health
      Dry needling
      Manual Therapy
      Sports Physiotherapy 1 & 2
      Muscle Injury Management
      Hip and Groin Injury Management
      Corporate Physiotherapy Management

  • Physiotherapy

    injuries, rehabilitation

    With hands on techniques and extensive rehab knowledge our physios will treat your pain and injuries.
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  • Fitness

    cardio, pilates, PT

    We provide a range of fitness services from pilates, personal training and group training sessions.
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  • Myotherapy

    massage, needling, cupping

    For aches & pain, stiffness, sports recovery and injury prevention. Myotherapy is a manual therapy treatment that incorporates the use of massage, dry needling, cupping, stretching and joint mobilisation.
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