Zip Up Those Abs

You hear us say “Engage that core & zip up those abs” regularly in our Pilates classes. What do we mean? A good way to think about it is to remind yourself that your abdominal muscles cover your entire torso. When do you Pilates, you want that entire torso engaged most of the time. So imagine that you knew someone was about to punch you in the stomach – you’d tighten up your abs to try to lessen the impact. That tight feeling is what we mean when we say zip up your core. Try it next time you’re in class. If you’re new, learning to keep your abs tight through the class (even when we’re working our legs and arms) is a great extra challenge and another way to see bang for your...

What do Pilates Trainers Eat? Our first recipe.

Our trainers are a pretty healthy crew. We all eat pretty healthy and have found a way to make healthy living part of our lives. In the coming weeks, we’re going to have some fun on our Instagram page. We’re going to show what our trainers are eating in one day so that you can see all the different ways there are to eat healthy. You’ll also see that we all find time for indulgences. Follow us @corereformpilates on instagram. To kick it off, here’s our first easy weeknight meal recipe. Pasta with roasted cauliflower, tomatoes & arugula. You’ll need: cauliflower, garlic, tomatoes, arugula and pasta. For our purposes, this was a meal for one. Just double the quantities to make it for two. – Bowlful of cauliflower: Cut into small pieces, coat nicely in a good quality olive oil and with 1 clove garlic mixed in. Roast at 500 for a short amount of time, probably 10-15 minutes. Set aside. – A generous handful of cherry tomatoes: Cut in half with a small coating of olive oil. Roast for a few short minutes – 3-5. Set aside. – Arugula – a good sized amount. It gets smaller once it wilts. – 1 serving size pasta – any kind you want. Cook the pasta, drain the pasta. Then, add all ingredients back into the pot & mix together. If you’re pasta is still hot, your arugula will wilt nicely. If you roasted in advance, no worries, just add heat for a minute or two to heat everything up. If you’re super hungry, add a protein, like turkey or vegetarian meatballs....

Planning a Class

Our Instagram post from today shows a few photos from a morning Pilates class as well as our trainer’s outline. We want to talk about that a little. Before every shift, our teacher’s plan what they are going to teach. The look at the class schedule and they create an outline of what they want to cover and then they adjust the outline slightly for each level class they teach. For example, if the trainer noticed that one class had a handful of new people, she’d probably look at her outline and take out anything too complex. Outlines are important because they give the class direction and...

If I have an injury, can I take Pilates class?

In this post, we’ll try to provide some guidance to help clients assess a regular question – whether or not a client can do Pilates classes when they have an injury. Deciding to take class after an injury or surgery is a personal decision and there is not a “one size fits all approach”. The thoughts below are based on our experience at the studio and we hope they are helpful. Our studio teachers a very fitness-y version of Pilates. We are true to Pilates, but our pace is quick and we offer a workout. Our classes are supposed to be fun and fitness-y. They are not what the doctor or PT has in mind when they recommend Pilates. If you’ve had surgery on any major body part (back, knee, neck, shoulder, etc) you probably should NOT do classes without doing privates first.  You will almost certainly need modifications, and you need to give yourself time to learn what they are. It will be extremely important for you to focus on correct form, and you’ll learn this quicker in a private. The big thing after any surgery or injury (even years later) is that it is very easy to re-injure. Taking privates to learn proper form and modifications will help to minimize the risk of re-injury. Our regularly scheduled classes are just that – classes. The instructors do their best to be helpful, but they are there to guide students through a Pilates workout. During a group class, the instructor’s ability to offer modifications is limited. There are a few things that students should be able to do in order to take a class –...

Why Our Pilates Classes are Different

The first time you take a Core Reform Pilates class, we hope you love it! We work hard to create a great studio experience for you. While each class is always different, we do have a format. Our trainers are trained to teach each class so that it works they entire body and has a “fun” component. We also teach to our class format so that the client always gets the workout they sign up for. We’ve all been to Pilates studios where the class seems to be whatever the instructor feels like teaching – it’s not like that at Core Reform. We make sure that you get a Level 2 workout if you sign up for a Level 2. We also designed our studio space so clients feel comfortable. We have plenty of space between our machines so there is no toe tapping with a neighbor. We also fine tuned our sound so that the music is loud, but not insane. Come check us out! We’ve been at our Newport Beach  / Costa Mesa location for 6 years. We recently opened a 2nd location in Laguna Niguel, right at the border of Aliso Viejo and Laguna Hills. We hope to see you...

We are Hiring! Join the Team

Core Reform is hiring a Front Desk Associates & Pilates Trainers! We are searching for new team members: We are looking for a Front Desk Associate for our Newport Beach studio. This job is part customer service, part studio operations and part administrative assistant. If you have great customer service skills, send us an email and we’ll tell you more. Zingfit or MINDBODY software experience is a plus. We are looking for 6-10 hours per week. We are looking for Pilates trainers for at our Newport Beach & Laguna Niguel locations. If you are are Pilates teacher with experience teaching group classes, then we’d love to hear from you! You’ll be a W2 employee and our pay is...