About Core Fitness, Ltd.
Core Fitness, Ltd. is a Pilates and yoga studio owned by Shari Hart and located in historic downtown Findlay. Hart originally began with a focus on personal training, and now the studio also offers group classes in Pilates, yoga and aerial yoga. I decided to take a Pilates/yoga combo class taught by Hart, which focuses on strengthening the core, improving balance and developing long, lean muscles.
While many Pilates machines are available at Core Fitness, this class took place on a mat with the use of three props: a weighted ball, a stretchy band and a “Magic Circle.” Each prop was used to add extra resistance to certain moves, which Hart demonstrated, assisting each class participant when needed.
Pilates focuses on precise, graceful movements
“Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Joseph Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements requiring proper control and form,” explains Hart. One example of a Pilates exercise is “Rolling Like a Ball,” which involves using your core muscles to roll onto your back and then up into a balanced seated position.
We did a variety of core exercises while lying or sitting on the mat, then rotated onto each side to do leg circles, toe taps and kicks. The entire Pilates portion reminded me of my childhood ballet classes with pointed toes and slow, controlled movements. I daydreamed that I was making “Miss Rose,” my hard-to-please ballet teacher, very proud. I venture to say that I wasn’t quite the graceful dancer I was pretending to be, but a girl can dream, right?
Stretching out those muscles
Pilates was more intense muscle work than I expected, so I gladly welcomed the yoga portion of the class as a way to stretch and prevent some soreness. Soothing music played in the background as we staged yoga poses such as the Downward Dog and Tree Pose.
Overall, the class time went quickly and Hart was friendly, informative and encouraging. The Pilates/yoga class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, so give it a try!
Core Fitness Ltd. is located at 628 South Main St. For more information or to sign up for a class, call 419-425-0269 or go to corefitnesspilates.com.