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A trip to Core Body Science (Pilates)

27th January 2016


I seem to be on a bit of a Pilates kick these days as the second studio I tried out on my mission to try new places was Core Body Science. Years ago I used to do Pilates a lot and loved it. But then I moved away from the area that my favourite studio was in and my love for Pilates disappeared.

Core Body Science is another one of those studios that I have often wondered about, but never visited. It is located in a bit of a random block of storefronts within a pretty residential area along Millwood east of Bayview. I had no clue what to expect and didn’t even realize that I had signed up for the intermediate/advanced Legs, Bums & Tums. Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

What’s the studio like?
Pretty open concept. You walk in and there’s a small front desk to the left and then there’s all the reformers. There’s a back room with some additional equipment – assuming it is more used for private sessions. When I arrived there was already a class in progress, so I just sat and waited until mine began. I didn’t seem to need to check-in or anything which is kind of odd, but I guess as it is a small studio that is what they do.

What was the class like?
I really liked the class. It was challenging, but doable. The instructor, Adrienne, also had a great teaching style about her and walked around throughout the class to make sure everyone was doing ok.

Who goes there?
My class seemed to skew older. I mentioned this to my husband as typically the studios downtown attract a much younger clientele. But I guess the area’s demographics are a bit older. I also realized as I was talking to him that I too am older now. Sometimes I forget that I’m not in my 20s anymore 🙂

What was my favourite part?
The jumping bit at the beginning of class to warm up our legs. I had forgotten how fun this was and how great it made me feel.

How did the class make me feel?
Once again I felt great leaving the class and excited to start my weekend. I really need to do Pilates more.

Would I go back?
Absolutely. This studio too is a bit of a hidden gem.

My visits to Serendipity Yoga & Pilates

22nd January 2016

Serendipity Pilates

I’m not necessarily one to make resolutions, but I do find myself at the beginning of each year thinking about what I’d like to do or achieve this year. One of this year’s goals is to challenge myself to try new workouts and studios in Toronto. Long story short – many years ago I used to blog about health and fitness in Toronto. For a reason that I can’t seem to remember I let the website domain expire and along with it all of the content I wrote. I miss being able to look back on this time on my life and trying new workouts!

First on my list was Serendipity Yoga & Pilates studio. They have two locations in Toronto, but I only went to their Leaside location (Eglinton/Laird). I’ve noticed the studio before and have to admit that the exterior signage and the fact that they are located above a Shoeless Joe’s made me think that I wouldn’t really enjoy the studio. I’m totally guilty of judging a book by its cover and while the studio itself is not fancy at all I found that the workouts were ones that I really enjoyed!

What class(es) did I take?
I signed up for their introductory offer (10-days for $20) and went to two of their classes – Deep Core Pilates and Tone Pilates. The classes I took at the studio had a great energy and style. The instructors were fun and knew how to lead the class through a complete Pilates workout. They both also knew when to push and when to give breaks.

What was the studio vibe?
Completely unpretentious. The studio was basically the studio – no front desk, no additional frills. Before each of the classes the instructors came up to introduce themselves to me and already knew my name.

Who goes there?
Is definitely an interesting mix of people. Both of my classes skewed on the older side, but this didn’t mean that the classes were an easier!

What were my favourite parts of the classes?
Learning that you can do the mermaid move with a foam roller. Never thought of this before! I also really liked that the classes were taught more in the classical Pilates style.

How did the class make me feel?
Challenged and energized.

Would I go back?
Yes! The regular class passes were also more reasonably priced than some of the other places I’ve been too.