Exercisers have options galore. So it takes a special workout to make a splash in its first year. But that’s what MVMT Society has done.

Founder Elise Ntoumenopoulos describes her classes as “amplified Pilates fusion”. They’re hardcore mat Pilates classes with cardio elements that leave you sore the next day in places you didn’t know existed. Since establishing MVMT 15 months ago, Ntoumenopoulos has cultivated a devoted following for her no-nonsense workout.

“I had no plan to step into my own business so quickly,” says the former stockbroker for whom burnout was the catalyst for her career change. Going out on her own was a natural next step after completing her Pilates qualifications.

A former high-performance springboard and platform diver, Ntoumenopoulos has a long history with functional movement. Her first set of classes – a five-week Christmas series in December 2015 – sold out overnight and she quickly moved into an eight-week format.

“I feel like I am still an instructor,” she says, “Only now I have creative licence to structure and teach in a way that benefits my clients and myself.”

Ntoumenopoulos always wanted to open her own space but lacked the finances – “and the guts” – to do it. So she began by leasing a space in an existing dance studio in Mosman Park. Another location in Claremont followed. The Cottesloe Civic Centre is the most recent space to host her classes.

MVMT has a strong Instagram presence and – courtesy of Ntoumenopoulos’s coding ability – its own booking app.

Her next challenge is to take MVMT online so she can share her version of Pilates with a wider audience.

MVMT Society runs classes throughout the metropolitan area.