Core et' Barre pioneered the Formé technique, a combination of yoga, ballet, Pilates, barre, and core work aimed at bettering bodies. The workout draws from each of these disciplines over the course of 60 minutes, with practitioners gradually moving from broad flexibility exercises to specific motions focused on thighs, abs, and pantseat-filling posteriors. Follow the lead of Core et' Barre's instructors as you monitor the flow of your breathing and bring stability to your core during the Pilates-influenced elements, or unleash the black swan within during the ballet-inspired portions of Formé. Core et' Barre funnels the Formé formula through several different class types, including a calorie-burning cardio version. Check the schedule for options.
Jill Dailey McIntosh has always been intrigued by the human body and how it moves?so much so that she graduated in 1991 with a kinesiology degree and soon thereafter decided to open her own Pilates teaching studio. But it wasn't until years later that this curiosity would manifest itself in a single question: "How can one aggressively transform the shape of their body while still maintaining proper alignment of the spine?" Eventually Jill began to examine her diverse fitness background, pulling low-impact movements from ballet, Pilates, and even orthopedic-exercise routines to create the basis for her fitness style, The Dailey Method.
Now, 13 years after it was founded in San Francisco, Dailey's fitness routine has ballooned into studios sprawled across more than 10 states and gained praise from Self, Allure, FitPregnancy, and InStyle magazines. Regardless of the location, instructors remain true to Jill's mission of offering unique fitness classes that combine ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching, and orthopedic exercises. The classes work to effectively strengthen and tone the entire body, with movements that are controlled, focused, and safe. Each set of exercises is focuses on students' entire body and mind, and is followed by a series of active stretches to help develop more sculpted and supple muscles.
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
Equipment: Stott Pilates Reformers
Students should bring: Grip socks, work out spirit
Average class length: 50 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You can do it.
Though Core Reform Pilates' classes blend both strength training and cardio exercise into a new class structure daily, raising or lowering the difficulty of certain exercises according to the level of the class they are teaching. They also enhance the workout with an ever-evolving soundtrack of pop music blasted through the studio's professional sound system.
Though the energy, variation, and instructor expertise keep folks coming back for more, the clean, bright, and all-around pleasant studio doesn't hurt. Bathed in light from a wall of windows and overhead fixtures, the white walls, pale hardwood, and mirrors reflect the glow throughout the space. This ambient light not only keeps the mood aloft, but makes the studio an ideal space for its ample potted plants to thrive and, hopefully, someday grow into Pilates instructors themselves.