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...

Planking

Planking is one of our favorite Core Reform Pilates class exercises. Planking challenges the entire body. It strengthens the shoulders & promotes shoulder stability. It strengthens the abdominals. It uses the back. It teaches principles of alignment and stability. It forces clients to focus one breathing and form. We love planks because they can be done as isometric holds or we can add movement. Planking is also about goal crushing. For new clients, planks are really hard. Sometimes clients start on their knees. Planks can be improved. They can be worked towards. More time can be added and form can be...

Tips for Newbies

New to Core Reform Pilates Classes? Here are some tips to help you get started: Enjoy! Our classes are supposed to be fun. We want you to have a good time & to take things at your own pace. Learning something new takes practice. It’s going to take you a few classes to get the hang of things – that’s normal! Everyone starts somewhere. We see brand new clients who have been doing Pilates for a long time. We also see (lots) of clients who are brand new. Wherever you’re at, you’re welcome at our studio! Turn your listening ears on. Our instructors give very detailed cueing about how to set up and complete exercises. Listen to them for guidance. Ask questions. Our instructors always love when students have questions about the workout or how certain exercises should feel. If you’re not sure about something, ask us! We look forward to seeing you at our Newport Beach or Laguna Niguel Pilates...

Guest Blog – Top 3 Ways to Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means we have officially entered the holiday season and before you know it, you’ll be watching the ball drop and counting down to 2018! It’s common knowledge that the New Year brings with it the time-old tradition of News Year’s resolutions; and while this tradition may be a little played out, the ideas of bettering yourself and setting attainable goals are always good ones! Here are the top 3 ways we think you can make 2018 your best year yet: Try a new workout This may always be a common resolution but getting in shape and expanding your workout horizons is always a good idea! Living in Southern California, with our great weather, we have plenty of opportunities to get outside. Now is a good time to explore some hiking trails or pick up jogging. If outdoor activities are not your thing or you’re interested in a more structured environment, Core Reform offers a Pilates classes to work the entire body in 50 minutes. Spend More Time on Yourself Everyone needs some extra TLC after the holiday season! Between hosting family members, cooking holiday favorites, and fighting through the crowds of holiday shoppers at the mall, January is the perfect time to unwind and relax. Check your mental health and make sure you are taking some time to de-stress, whether that means posting up next to the fire with a book or relaxing at a mani/pedi, make the time! Enhance Your Look The new year is arguably the best time to try something new with your look or enhance your appearance! If you’ve...