Kids and Teens and Pilates

Sometimes we are asked – is there an age limit for your Pilates classes or when can my son/daughter start taking Pilates. Like many situations, it depends. 😀 For classes, we do have a minimum age requirement of 14. Athletic teens generally do well in class once they are past the age of 14. Very occasionally, we allow someone younger in class. That is ok when a parent is also attending and when that younger client has experience from private training. For kids under 14, private training is recommended. For younger children especially, private training is a must. Kids under 12 often don’t even fit on the machine – we need to modify all of the machine settings and add extra blocks so their feet reach the...

Tips to Keep Your Workouts Up While on Vacation

So you have a vacation coming up. You’ve been working out extra hard to get ready (yay!) and you want to keep fit while away. You also don’t want to spend your vacation squeezing in your workouts. Here are some simple tips from our trainers about keeping fit while away. Walking! Bring your sneakers and find time in your schedule for a brisk walk. You can see new things and get the heart pumping. Pool workout – even for a non-swimmers: If your hotel has a pool, you can walk/run laps in the pool. To mix it up, walk some laps forward, some backwards, and some sideways. If you keep your past brisk, you’ll fire up your legs and get some cardio. Bring you hat! Hotel gym workout – if your hotel has a gym, even a small one, we love a cardio/strength workout for about 45 minutes. First walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Use a significant incline. Then, start doing a circuit – 10 lunges each leg, 10 push ups, 10 squats. In between circuits, walk 2-3 minutes on the treadmill. And, of course, check out your vacation area for Pilates classes!...

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...

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...