Pilates

“one-on-one Pilates At Kaizen Helped Me Strengthen
My Core After Delivering Triplets!”
- Oksana K

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method “Contrology”. It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and also Australia.

Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength, muscle balance and body awareness.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Pilates can have a positive impact on your health, without taking a toll on your body like many other fitness protocols do.  Pilates focuses on quality of movement rather than quantity of repetition, extreme resistance or load.

Pilates provides a refreshing mind-body workout that develops a strong core, lean muscles and a more balanced body.  It helps you learn how to move efficiently, improve sports performance and prevent injuries.

Pilates Reformer Group Classes:

The Pilates Reformer is the quintessential piece of equipment in the Pilates repertoire. You will build strength, flexibility and coordination using this spring-based pulley resistance training machine. Our small group classes (max 5) encourage an intimate learning environment and allows for our instructors to provide corrections during class.

The Reformer offers limitless variety and versatility to the Pilates exercises. You will learn to improve your posture, strengthen your core, back, arms and legs and, most importantly, you will become more in tune with your mind-body awareness.

REFORMER 1

Ideal for new and beginner level individuals on the Reformer. This class flows at a slower pace and focuses on learning foundational Pilates techniques to build core strength and mind-body awareness.

REFORMER 1-2

Transition to Reformer 1-2 after building a strong foundation in Reformer 1. You will improve your technique and form while increasing your total body strength and endurance. This class flows at a moderate pace and introduces intermediate level progressions to the exercises.

REFORMER 2

Intermediate level exercises and progressions on the Reformer. It is ideal for those that have mastered Reformer 1 and 1-2. The class speed will vary from moderate to faster pace. This class challenges total body strength, endurance and coordination while improving flexibility.

Pilates Mat Virtual Classes:

Mat Pilates is a Pilates training practice that can be done on a mat, meaning, no reformer is used. In this class, you do a great variety of exercises to build your muscles and core strength. Many of the props that you find in a reformer class can also be used in a Pilates mat workout.

Now, we offer the Mat Pilates classes virtually through ZOOM.  We offer virtual group classes daily, as well as individual private sessions upon request.

Pilates Private Classes:

One-on-one training is a great way to focus on your individual goals. You will restore posture-related imbalances, increase flexibility and improve your strength. Your workout program will be tailored to your body’s specific needs. It is also great for people who may be intimidated by a group class scenario but excel in a one-on-one learning environment.

With the instructor’s undivided attention, your program will be able modified and will advance according to your pace and fitness level. The instructor will provide movement corrections specific to you, and help you reach your goals most efficiently. We adapt and change the program based on your changing needs.

During private sessions, you can also work with other pieces of Pilates equipment like the Balanced Body Springboard, for added diversity and complexity to your routine.

Who will get the most benefit from the Private Pilates Classes?

If You Are New To Pilates:

A handful of private sessions as a beginner is a great way to learn the basic principles of Pilates and orient yourself to the studio and the equipment, prior to joining group classes.

What if you have been taking group classes and want to improve your technique?

Taking a private session from time to time is a good way to have a Pilates professional review your form. In the individual session, the instructor can give specific feedback for improvement, which the client can apply to their group sessions.

Pilates Semi-private Classes

You will have all the same benefits of the Private sessions, but you can experience it all with a friend! Having a partner can be encouraging, and can foster commitment and motivation. You will inspire eachother to make positive changes! You will need to bring your own partner. This option is best when both clients are at a similar level.

The Studio

Our studio is equipped with Balanced Body Allegro 2 Reformers. They are modern, beautiful and easy-to-use. They are comfortable and adjustable for various heights and body types. A Reformer is a spring-based pulley resistance training machine used in the Pilates method. One of the unique features of this reformer is the sliding footbar. With this option, we’re able to provide even more versatility in the exercises that we offer on the Reformer.

We also incorporate small props into our classes and private sessions. We will use flexbands, fitness circles, toning balls and stability cushions to further challenge you during your workout as well as provide variety and fun!

Our Instructors

Our instructors at Kaizen Pilates are committed to improving your well-being and dedicated to helping you reach your goals. We come from a variety of different backgrounds, but we share a mutual love and passion for movement. We bring to our clients knowledge and care, supporting them every step of the way on their health and fitness journey.

Barbara Czyzowski
Pilates Instructor

After 15 rewarding years in the marketing industry, I made the wonderful transition to teaching Pilates.

I had discovered Pilates during my corporate career; it helped me address flexibility and postural issues that I had developed from working in a corporate environment. I was amazed at how my body responded – I moved and felt better and it showed. As I increased my Pilates practice, so did the benefits to my body. I know that I am in better shape now than I was 20 years ago, even though my body will always be a work in progress! I pursued Pilates teaching because I became excited about sharing the benefits that I experience every day. I loved coaching and mentoring in my corporate career – doing so as a Pilates instructor is a natural extension of that. I love how Pilates can benefit every body, regardless of fitness, weight, or age. No matter your lifestyle, a healthy, strong, flexible body is important. I bring energy and enthusiasm to all that I do, and I am particularly excited to help share the benefits of Pilates with others.

Additional certifications:

  • Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates
  • Therapeutic Pilates for individuals with injuries and or limited mobility

Elham Zaghzian
Pilates Instructor

Eli has a long history of combining movement. She pursued a variety of athletic endeavors including dance, karate, body shaping and Pilates Suspension.

Throughout this journey, Eli was exposed to Pilates as a way of enhancing her performance and method of rehabilitation for her back pain.

Eli was introduced to the STOTT PILATES® method while she was a Financial Services Manager at BMO Bank of Montreal. Her appreciation and enthusiasm for learning and teaching Pilates soon developed into an interest in becoming a full-time STOTT PILATES Instructor since 2014.

She has a passion for helping her clients to achieve their fitness goals, improve their posture and relieve pain. Her goal is to help everyone use movement to make them stronger, happier, and more balanced.

Additional certifications:

  • Injuries and Special Population

Joanna Webb
Pilates Instructor

Left-handed with two left feet, I never thought I’d move into a career in movement. I’m active but I’m not a dancer, gymnast or athlete. I’m more of a thinker and a listener that likes to keep moving. It turns out that these are the ingredients of Pilates. As a thinker, Pilates makes my brain light up and connect to my body to make movement feel fluid and amazing. As a listener, I absorb the information my body shouts or whispers to me as I move through one motion or another. I like to think of Pilates as exercise for the “thinking” man or woman, and movement as the language our bodies speak. My brain and body became hooked over 15 years ago and after a career transition I decided to become fully fluent in the language of Pilates, becoming a certified Balanced Body Instructor in 2017.

Additional certifications:

  • Therapeutic Pilates for individuals with injuries and or limited mobility

Wendy Young
Pilates Instructor

Wendy became an avid fitness enthusiast over the years, constantly curious to explore different methods of fitness. After discovering Pilates during a minor back injury, she decided to continue to explore further. She was amazed at how Pilates taught her how to connect the mind to the body and how this crossed over to her other athletic pursuits. She started to notice how Pilates improved and progressed her overall fitness level and complemented her everyday fitness regime.

Her passion for the method led her to take the full certification in STOTT PILATES in 2017. As an instructor, she applies her creativity, using her keen observations to better understand how others move, and to create movement that the body needs. She loves to continually learn and finds teaching very rewarding. There’s nothing more gratifying to her than helping others achieve their fitness and rehab goals.

Additional certifications:

  • Injuries and Special Population

Rates

REFORMER PILATES Classes Fees
Private  
Intro- SPECIAL offer  3 Class-Package $ 225.00 ($75/session) *BV
1   Single Class $90.00
5   Class-Package $ 425.00 ($85/session)
10   Class-Package $ 800.00 ($80/session) *BV
Semi-Private
1   Single Class $ 118.00 ($59/session)
5   Class-Package $ 550.00 ($55/session) *BV
Group Classes
1   Single Class $40.00
5   Class-Package $ 190.00 ($38/session)
10 Class-Package $ 350.00 ($35/session) *BV
Unlimited Group Class Membership
One Month Unlimited Group Class + 4 Mat-Online Classes $ 299.00 ($12.45/6 sessions weekly)
Recurring Monthly Unlimited Group Class + 4 Mat-Online Classes per month (minimal commitment of 6 months) $ 249.00 ($10.40/6 sessions weekly) *BV
               MAT PILATES VIRTUAL Classes Fees
1 Single Class $20.00
Unlimited Group Class Membership  
One Month Unlimited Group Class + 1 Reformer Class $ 199.00 ($9.95/5 sessions weekly)
Recurring Monthly Unlimited Group Class + 1 Reformer Class per month (minimal 6 months commitment) $ 149.00 ($7.45 /5 sessions weekly) *BV
*Best Value All Prices plus HST