Increase results by adding Pilates to your weekly workout routine

Many people find that a typical Pilates group session or private lesson is not the ideal workout for their needs. Of course! For someone who is trying to build big muscles by lifting weights, increase their endurance by long distance running or interval training, or who just loves the way a 90 minute hot yoga class makes them feel, replacing their favorite routine with a Pilates lesson may not make sense. But adding a weekly Pilates session to the mix will have a strong, positive impact on the quality and results of your other workouts. By consciously practicing correct joint placement, Pilates students are at less risk of injury when they go into a more extreme situation, such as a competition or marathon. In all of our classes, we learn to operate our limbs from our core body, our Pilates Powerhouse. This deliberate focus of moving the arms and legs from the core body reverberates through all of our movements, be it in sports, or just daily life. If you or someone you know is reluctant to make Pilates a priority, give it a month! A weekly class will start to make a difference...

All The Ways We Work

You’ve probably noticed that when you workout in one of our group reformer classes you are in constant motion. From the moment you have the first reformer setup done, you’re moving. From lying down to sitting up, kneeling high and kneeling low, standing, sitting, lying on your sides and stomach. Each of our Pilates group classes are unique, but there is a strong core principle that you’ll notice in every workout you do with us: you will work all of your limbs in all positions. You will move your arms and legs up and down, side to side, and in circles in both directions. You will push hard away from resistance and pulling something heavy towards your center. You will do these actions in six positions: on your back, on your sides, facing down, kneeling, sitting, and standing. This constant variation of body position means that you are toning and strengthening your entire body, never allowing your posture to collapse. As soon as you get comfortable working your arms hard on high knees, it’s time to lie on your side and work the legs. Your abs and lower back must work the entire time to keep you on the machine. Notice next time you’re in class, which positions feel the most natural for you? Which one do you find challenging? Where can you find core body tension in each position? Ask your instructor for help if you notice a particular position is extra difficult. See you in...

Where Did the Reformer Come From

Pilates gets its name from the man who developed the workout, Joe Pilates. Born in Germany in the 1880s, Joe Pilates spent his youth fighting muscle weakness and persistent illness by doing whatever exercise he could. As he grew up he studied many forms of exercises, from body building to yoga and tai chi. While working as a nurse in a war hospital during World War 1, Joe began to attach springs to the hospital beds his patients spent their days in. Many were essentially immobilized from injury and sickness. From his childhood experience of spending much of his days in bed, Joe knew that only movement would give his soldier patients a fighting chance. The Pilates Reformer that you workout on in our Core Reform group classes was invented through by way of Joe Pilates’ experimentation that began over 100 years ago in a hospital full of injured military men. Whenever someone asks if Reformer Pilates is always difficult, I always point out that the machine was made for people who were incapable of getting out of...

The Benefits of an Occasional Private Pilates Session

 The vast majority of our clients attend our high energy, fast paced group reformer workouts. But many people also take a private lesson occasionally, and it helps them increase the results, and the fun, of group workouts. If you’ve been coming to Core Reform for a while now, consider taking a private lesson with one of your favorite instructors. Pilates private lessons are a quick and effective way to get all your questions answered. Your instructor will teach you how to make the exercises more challenging in class, or how to adapt common exercises for your individual needs. If elephant never quite hits your low abs, or jumping always makes your low back feel tight, or if you don’t see the gains in flexibility that you want to, a private lesson could help! For an experienced group reformer student who wants to see greater results, a couple of private lessons can revolutionize your workout and show you all that Pilates has to offer. If you are ready to refresh your workout, contact us for private Pilates scheduling and pricing...

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...