Basic Body Maintenance at Home

When we add a new exercise to our workouts, start a new hobby or routine, or try extra hard in class one day, soreness and muscle tightness can hit hard. There are a few things you can keep in your home to treat your tissues in a few minutes. It’s important to address muscle aches and stiffness regularly, so that we don’t injure ourselves over time. Here are a few of our favorite: The band. A long stretchy band is a cheap, useful thing to have around the house. You can use it to stretch the shoulders, the hips, and the lower back. You can even recreate your favorite reformer exercises at home by looping the band around a door or sofa foot. Theracane. A strange, S-shaped plastic device, the Theracane is designed to allow you to massage your back on your own, using minimal effort to rub out knots and stiff spots in the neck and scapula region. Foam Roller. You can use a foam roller at home for just a few minutes a day to increase mobility and reduce soreness. For many people rolling their legs and back on a firm foam roller is more effective than traditional stretches for loosening up sore or tight muscles. Youtube has lots of examples of how to use these tools, but if you have a specific question or want to get a personalized set of exercises you can perform at home, consider signing up for a private Pilates lesson. Tell the instructor your interested in homework and therapeutic props. You’ll get lots of ideas about how to maintain your Pilates...

Group Class Teacher Training – May 5th

Core Reform Pilates is hosting a Group Class Teacher Training Workshop on Saturday, May 5th at 2pm. The workshop will run 3 hours and it costs $125. This workshop will teach Pilates teachers how to be a great group class teachers. We will show you how to take your Pilates knowledge and successfully apply it in a group class setting. Through lecture, breakout discussion modules, practice, and a class taught by one of our instructors, you will learn to: *Cue Pilates exercises for a group class setting *Make your Pilates classes fun *Keep your classes safe & challenging *Manage challenging scenarios Who Should Attend: This workshop is designed for Pilates teachers who want to get better / learn how to teach group classes. Certified teachers and those working on their certification are welcome. Lagree trainers are also welcome to attend. Why This is Worthwhile: Your certification taught you all about the body and the exercises. This workshop will show you how to teach the exercises in a group environment, which is a whole different dynamic. Registration Details: Register online by clicking the link below. This workshop is limited to 12 attendees. All attendees will have their own machine. We will be at our Newport Beach studio – 1058 Irvine Ave, Newport...

Our Laguna Niguel Studio

Our Laguna Niguel studio is located in Plaza de La Paz. We are in Laguna Niguel, right at the border of Aliso Viejo. Our Laguna studio is just shy of 1300 square feet and we have 10 Merrithew Pilates reformers. Our Laguna studio is located in a high traffic center with LOTS of retail stores. We have a Home Depot and a Sprouts. There is also a Playmates, which offers hourly babysitting. There is loads of parking, which makes it easy for clients to turn up and take...

Our Newport Beach studio

Our Newport Beach studio is located in Westcliff Plaza. We’re right on the border of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. We have about 1300 square feet. Our studio has 12 Pilates reformers, 2 of which have towers. We also have two stability chairs. Our equipment is Merrithew. Our Newport location has been in business since the fall of 2010 and we love our location. Our shopping center is so easy for our clients. We have loads of parking and there are so many great complimentary businesses. We have a bakery, a juice bar, grocery store, pharmacy and even an Ace! All of that means our clients can take class and then take care of their errands. We hope to see you...

How long does it take to see results from my Pilates class 

Joesph Pilates’ famous quote is “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference.  In 20 sessions you will see the difference.  And in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.” In about 10 sessions broken down into 1-3 sessions a week consistently, a Client will see a change. The results a Client sees from Pilates varies depending on the individual. We must take into consideration how active the person is prior to Pilates, whether or not they are involved in any other physical activities, and/or existing injuries.  The best tip to new Pilates Clients is to make Pilates a habit and create your own goals. These two things will effect how you perform each exercise. To gain the best results from Pilates, it is also a matter of committing to focusing on multiple things during the exercises in class such as the coordination, control, and to breathe. Pilates, if a regular routine, should translate into every day activities because it builds a body awareness, strength, and...

Private Training 101

At Core Reform, we obviously LOVE group Pilates classes. Awesome Group classes are our passion. That being said, we are firm believers in the power of private training to transform. There are few scenarios when private training is highly recommended. One: If you’ve had any major surgery due to an injury or if you have a medical condition, you should almost certainly do at least a few privates before taking class. Learning proper form and how to modify for your body will keep you safe and successful in class. Two: If you have a goal, privates will help you get their quicker. Private training, even just 2 sessions, can be an amazing compliment to your classes. You’ll learn how to made slight tweaks to your movements that will yield max results. Plus, if you have a goal, you can spend you entire 50 minute session focusing on your goal or goal area. Three: If you’re getting certified in Pilates, you need to do some privates. This will give you the most opportunity to truly and deeply understand the exercises and how the movements feel. Give us a call at the studio if you’d like to talk more or if you’d like to schedule a private...

What to Expect at your first Pilates class – 3 pieces of advice from our Desk Staff

What to Expect at your first Pilates class – 3 pieces of advice from our Desk Staff Pilates can be a intimidating to first timers, but our front desk has some advice for all newbies to the reformer to put those negative thoughts out the door and get you into your first class. #1 If you’re looking for a fun new type of work out then your normal circuit training at the gym, reformer Pilates could be the perfect fit for you. The reformer challenges your muscles in a different way than normal machines at the gym and you use muscles that you may have not thought about working out before.  #2  Your body will be stretched, strengthened and aligned all at the same time. Adding Pilates to your routine helps your body move better in every aspect.  Although you may not feel sore during class, after your first class your body will start to feel the sore sensation the day after if not the second as well. But in the best way to keep you wanting to come back for more.  #3 You’ll learn all new verbiage related to your body. You’ll hear things “Peel through your spine” this means slow movement from vertebra to vertebra. Don’t worry! You’ll get used to all the lingo the more you attend classes.It’s always a good idea to put yourself in the middle of the room, that way you can follow along with any regulars to help guide you in addition to the instructors.   We can wait to see you in the studio to give your new fitness plan a...

Meet our Team: Francesca

Francesca is one of our long time Core Reform teachers. She actually started with us when she was getting her Pilates certification, ages ago! How did you get into Pilates? I got into Pilates through dance. Pilates helped me find more strength and flexibility to enhance my dancing. I was about to bring Pilates into dance and also into understanding movement patterns and anatomy of the body.  What do you like most about teaching Pilates at Core Reform? I love the motivated and positive clients at Core Reform. I enjoy that they are always looking for a challenge while having a great time. The best part is when clients finish class and walk out with a smile and signs of working hard. You can tell they feel encouraged, strong, and invigorated for their day.  What fitness tip or tips would you give to clients?  I believe that if you take care of your body, then your body will take care of you. Doing Pilates is a perfect step in the right direction, but it is also important to find other ways to treat your body well. This includes nourishing your body with proper foods. Being healthy isn’t just in how we look, but more in the the way a person feels.  As far as fitness tips in a Pilates class, it is important to understand how your body moves and what muscles are being used in certain exercises. In order to make a difference within your body, it is about the journey in each part of the exercise rather than loading up on weight, springs, or the amount of reps...

When Am I Ready for a Level 2 Pilates Class

Not sure if you’re ready for a Level 2? Here are some suggestions. – Generally speaking, most clients are ready for a Level 2 after they have taken 10 Pilates classes. We give 10 as a guideline because that gives most clients enough experience to learn the basics of movement and start to feel like some of the exercises are familiar. – If you feel comfortable in our Level 1 classes, then there is really no reason why you can’t try a Level 2.  Level 2s are different than Level 1s, but they aren’t twice as hard. The pace is generally quicker and the exercises are a little harder, but it’s not like we’ll ask you to plank on your pinkies. As always, you can work at your own pace in any class and takes breaks if you need them. – Pilates when done correctly is always pretty challenging. So we like to tell clients that a Level 2 class is just a different type of challenge. A Level 1 is always going to be a good workout and a Level 2 is going to bump it up a notch. – Ask us if you have questions? Not sure or still feeling uncertain? Talk to us after class or send us an email. We’re here to...

Grip Socks Make it Sticky

At Core Reform, we require grip socks in all of our Pilates classes and private sessions. There are two main reasons. First, with grip socks, clients grip the reformer better with their feet. This makes it easier to do exercises properly, and, even cooler, makes it possible for the instructors to try out new moves. When the instructors know that client’s feet will grip nicely on the reformer and not slip, it’s easier for them to plan cool, innovative moves. Second, grip socks keep our studio MUCH cleaner. While this is not fun to talk about, our studio is MUCH cleaner when everyone covers their feet! We live in a flip flop type of place and feet go lots of places. To help maintain the cleanliness of our studio, we require everyone to wear socks while they workout. Grip socks are available for purchase here at the studio for $10, plus tax. Clients are also welcome to bring their...