Pilates is good for your body, we all know that. Some people swear by it, and then others complement their pilates class with cardio workouts on alternate days. If you love pilates and get benefits out of cardio, then you'll love Reform Chicago, the city's first dynamic pilates studio, located on the lower level of 233 W. Huron until this Sunday! The studio is moving across the street to 222 W. Huron on Monday, October 22nd.
- Reform Chicago Instructors
I stopped in to take a group class taught by Nik Rodriguez...mostly because he was the instructor. Wait, that came out all wrong! I've taken my fair share of pilates classes. Most of the instructors have been retired dancers or lifelong pilates practitioners who value the tremendous body benefits. Nik, on the other hand, is a former collegiate football player hailing from Notre Dame. A former Division I football player teaching pilates? Yup. I'd met Nik earlier, and he described Reform Pilates as a studio that combines elements of pilates with traditional strength and cardio-based movements that push heart rates while creating long, lean muscles.
Classes are 55 minutes and done entirely on reformers. With eight reformers available, and class filled, I felt like there was a good energy in the studio, but not so overwhelming that I couldn't get a little direction if I needed it. Owner, Corinne Clifton, was inspired to open this style of pilates studio while living abroad in London. Clifton mentioned that she fell in love with the fusion style of pilates and wanted to bring it back to Chicago. Clifton mentioned there is no reason someone has to do just pilates on a reformer, so each of the classes incorporate moves that you'd find someone doing in a gym with machines while on a reformer. The classes flow straight through without any breaks. Nik moved all eight of us through class with ease, strengthening, lengthening, twisting, lunging and squeezing every minute of the way.
No need to be intimidated! Reform offers two levels of classes for beginners and advanced students. Register at Reform today and get your first class free. For more information about location, schedule or pricing, give Reform a call at 312-255-1965.
Traci D Mitchell is a Chicago-based health and fitness writer and spokesperson. She's on-the-go everywhere trying out new and healthy things with a Chicago appeal. You can reach Traci through ChicagoNow or www.tracidmitchell.com.