I love pilates reformer workouts. How can I not when people like Iza Goulart and Alessandra Ambrosio, both Victoria’s Secret models, credit pilates reformer with helping craft their long, lean and toned bodies?! Although I realize that genetics plays a major factor, pilates reformer is an intense workout and very different from the usual circuit-style training that I like doing.
The only downside to pilates reformer is that it can be expensive … and especially in San Francisco (have you seen our crazy rent prices?!). This is because of the expensive machinery involved and the fact that classes are always kept small; the maximum amount of people in a class is usually 4-6. You could say I was more than intrigued to learn that OnPointe Training offered pilates reformer classes at an affordable price. And in the Marina district of San Francisco nonetheless – for those of you not local to San Francisco, the Marina district is a very nice and pricey part of the city.
I was invited to try out a pilates reformer class at OnPointe Training last week and got to meet the lovely owner, Kaitlyn Rhoades, former ballerina turned pilates pro. We got to chat a little bit before and after class and she was extremely sweet. She told me that she wanted to open up a studio which offered pilates reformer at an affordable price because she wants everyone to be able to try it out. And she understands that not everyone can drop $45-50 for a class, two to three times a week! She informed me that to help clients afford the classes, OnPointe Training offered discounted rates through class packs and memberships. Although these options offer more of a commitment, they are a great way to help save money and motivate you to regularly commit to working out.
Although the studio space was smaller than other locations in the city, OnPointe Training is in a fantastic location right in the heart of Marina near other healthy food spots such as Seed & Salt, a yummy vegan cafe. Although the workout was not as intense as I had expected (which made sense since there was a beginner in the class I attended), it felt great to workout my body in a different way and target areas I do not normally workout. It surprises me everytime how much pilates reformer engages and works out my core; and how nice and tight it feels afterwards. I was so annoyed I forgot to bring my cute pilates reformer sticky socks and had to do the class with my ugly and old socks!!
All in all, it was a great experience and a lovely and complimentary workout to my usual fast-paced circuit workouts. If you live in the area or are visiting, I highly encourage you to check out OnPointe Training so you can experience a pilates reformer class for yourself.
Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated although I was offered a complimentary pilates reformer workout. Rest assured that my opinions will always stay unbiased and honest.