PILATES REFORMER CLASSES

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Reformer Start Up

This class is the starting point for anyone new to the Reformer. You will learn what’s what about the equipment – all the parts, what they do and how to make adjustments for your own body and level of ability. Basic exercises chosen for the trunk, upper and lower body will be introduced along with breathing technique. Proper posture and positioning on the Reformer in sitting, standing, kneeling and lying down will be taught while performing various exercises in each of these positions. With the Essential Level repertoire as its foundation, this class is the “gateway” to all other Reformer classes on our schedule.

Pre-requisites: 1hr private training session AND/OR approval from studio instructors

Core Reformer

One step up from Reformer Start Up, this class continues to build upon all the Essential Level exercises, skills and equipment basics learned in Reformer Start Up.

Pre-requisites: Reformer Start Up OR 2hrs of private training OR prior Reformer experience AND/OR approval from studio instructors

Core Reformer Plus

The Essential Level Reformer repertoire will be covered in this class along with Intermediate Level prep exercises and perhaps introduction to a few Intermediate exercises. Modifications will be provided as needed, along with creative ways to approach more difficult exercises. Be prepared for introduction to use of small equipment to add challenge to exercises – including the Jump Board, a safe and fun tool that adds an element of cardiovascular work to the overall exercise plan. This class is appropriate for anyone looking to move beyond Core Reformer and for those ready to add more challenge to their Pilates classes.

Pre-requisites: Core Reformer OR 2hrs of private training OR prior Reformer experience AND/OR approval from studio instructors

Intense Reformer

This group class is a challenge with both Essential and Intermediate Reformer exercises woven together to create a smooth flow with few ‘breaks’. Be prepared for a pace that’s on the quicker side of the fence. Stability and balance will be challenged while flexibility and power are enhanced through more complicated movements requiring spatial awareness and co-ordination. Clients entering this class should have a desire to challenge the mind as well as the body with not only the Reformer, but its accessories – the Jump Board, platform extender, weighted balls, fitness circle, FlexBands, etc.

Pre-requisites: Core Reformer Plus OR 3hrs of private training OR prior Reformer experience AND/OR approval from studio instructors

Intense Reformer Plus

This class takes the Intense Reformer format and jumps things up a notch. A fast-paced challenge with both Essential and Intermediate Reformer exercises, there is little room to rest. This level of Reformer class is definitely geared toward the seasoned Reformer participant because anything goes!

Pre-requisites: Intense Reformer OR 3hrs of private training OR prior Reformer experience AND/OR approval from studio instructors

Mixed Levels Reformer

This class allows for clients with varying levels of Reformer experience to all participate in the same group. Those with more experience will adjust their Reformer, their body positioning and/or use small equipment to make exercises more challenging, while those still new to the equipment will find guidance and assistance from the instructor. Everyone will participate in the same exercises while being provided with variations and modifications to suit individual goals and needs.

Pre-requisites: 1hr private training session AND/OR approval from studio instructors

Men’s Reformer

While all of our group classes welcome both men and women into the mix, it was suggested to us that perhaps a guys’ class would be a good idea. So, we’ve taken it to heart and put a group on the schedule just for men.  It makes sense actually, since Pilates was created by a man and was originally meant for men!  This Reformer class is an awesome introduction not only to the Reformer, but to the Pilates method in general.  Geared toward the manual laborer or the sedentary office worker, the focus will be on easing stiffness and improving posture while building strength to alleviate back, neck and shoulder pain. This means fewer missed work days due to injury or chronic pain.

Pre-requisites: No previous Pilates experience is necessary.

Testimonial:

I have had the great pleasure to know Tanya personally and professionally for over 20 years now. Tanya is an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled Pilates professional. I am continuously amazed by her keen ability to pinpoint and correct biodynamic challenges that can arise in the human body. Tanya has helped me overcome various issues with my back, neck and hips all while helping me achieve greater strength, balance, and flexibility. As a pharmacist, former fitness instructor and current client of Pilates Essentials, I highly recommend Tanya’s services for anyone seeing to improve their health and fitness.

Sherry Torkos, B.Sc.Phm. R.Ph.
Testimonial:

I have been with Pilates Essentials for almost 2 years and have wholly reaped the benefits. The facilities are outstanding and the instructors are patient, informative and – most importantly -innovative. You are pushed to be your best! I am an avid road rider and have seen the differences. I have more endurance and speed due to a stronger core. I’m a believer in all Pilates can do!

Simone (45yrs), Broadcasting TV and Film Technologist