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Classic Pilates

Oak Park, IL 60302
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Classic Pilates in Oak Park, Illinois is a full service Pilates studio offering private, semi-private, and small group classes featuring their Gratz apparatus. The studio uses the Pilates style associated with Romana Kryzanowska, a student chosen by Joseph Pilates to maintain and teach his system, with all instructors completing a rigorous training program of certification through Romana, her daughter Sari Mehia Santos, and Juanita Lopez. The studio won the 2015 Patients' Choice Awards in the Oak Park Registered Massage Therapist category through OpenCare. Classes include private lessons, semi-private lessons of duets and trios, CardioSculpt, and Mat and Tower Pilates classes.

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Pilates Artistry, Inc.

Chicago, IL 60618
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Pilates Artistry, Inc. is a Chicago-based Pilates studio whose mission is to embody and impart the highest level of Pilates standards and professionalism to students in the surrounding area. Their teachers are committed to safety and education, providing locally and nationally recognized continuing fitness education training and workshops to the community. All trainers have completed a minimum of 450 hours of training, including anatomy, physiology, and comprehensive Pilates programming. Studio owner and Director Erin Lauer Johnson is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and Kathy Grant Heritage Training graduate who has been teaching Pilates since 2008. Classes include Pilates Mat, Reformer, Chair, Tower, and Barrels, with a maximum of four students per class.

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REACH Pilates

Chicago, IL 60618
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REACH Pilates is a Chicago fitness studio offering comprehensive Pilates instruction for students of all ages. Co-owners Kim Mazzella and Margaret Guira have years of experience between them in Core Dynamics Pilates instruction. The studio offers private and semi-private (duet) Pilates sessions with low introductory rates for new students, three initial individual courses using a variety of Pilates equipment to evaluate current fitness levels and explore goals with a trained instructor. They also offer group classes in Pilates Reformer, Mat, Chair, and Mixed Equipment, with three to five students per class for individualized attention. The studio sells classes in packages of ten and suggests students attend two to three sessions per week for best results.

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Riverside Pilates Studio

Riverside, IL 60546
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Riverside Pilates Studio in Downtown Riverside off Burlington Street is a full-service Pilates studio offering mat classes and equipment with Certified Classical Pilates Instructors. Their skilled Pilates teachers offer comprehensive teaching based on Classical Pilates methods pioneered by Joseph Pilates nearly 100 years ago. Their programs include Mat class without equipment and Springs Plus, which utilizes a combination of apparatus such as the Magic Circle, Foam Roller, Pole, and Low Chair. Semi-private and private instruction is also available to develop Powerhouse muscle control and form. The studio also offers Yoga Sculpt classes, available for purchase in sets of ten or individually.

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Village Pilates Studio

Forest Park, IL 60130
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Village Pilates Studio of Forest Park, Illinois is classical and contemporary Pilates Method Alliance Certified studio, located inside a revived theater building. Each instructor has received comprehensive Pilates Method Alliance training and certification, as well as continuing education in fitness to accommodate students with a variety of needs. Owner, operator and master instructor Regan Zubak opened Village Pilates Studio in 2005 and currently leads the Teacher Training Program as well as continuing education workshops for students and professionals. She is also an ambassador for TripTribe, which leads beach Pilates retreats. The studio offers private, semi-private, Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Low Chair, Bootcamp, and Barre classes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I become a Pilates instructor?

A: Pilates instructors typically take a course and earn a certification in teaching Pilates. Some courses may only teach mat or reformer Pilates, while others teach both. Technically, there are no legal license or certification requirements to teach Pilates, but most studios will only hire trained instructors.

Q: Who was Pontius Pilate?

A: Pontius Pilate was a Roman governor in the 1st century. He served under the emperor Tiberius and is known for being a judge at Jesus' trial. Pilate is thought to have been the one to order Jesus' crucifixion. Some people have credited Pontius Pilate with inventing an early form of Pilates, but this is widely disputed.

Q: Who invented Pilates?

A: Joseph Pilates invented this popular form of exercise. He was a nurse in World War I and experimented with putting springs on hospital beds to help patients tone their muscles. This gave him the idea to invent what we now know as the reformer machine. Joseph Pilates opened his first studio in 1923 in New York.

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