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...