The 10-Minute Core-Blasting Pilates Workout Graphic!

At first glance, a Pilates studio might look like a medieval torture chamber, with strange straps and metal springs hanging from the ceiling and padded platforms called “the Reformer.” In reality, Pilates is a form of exercise that aims to develop flexibility, good posture, strength, and balance all at the same time.

In the early 20th century, Joseph Pilates invented the series of movements to help English veterans recover from injuries sustained during the First World War. Since then, Pilates has been the go-to regimen for anyone—from New York City Ballet dancers to Madonna to theSan Francisco 49ers—interested in working on strength, grace, and of course, a solid core.

While some Pilates classes feature special machines, mat classes require bodyweight alone and are easy to replicate at home. There are dozens of individual exercises, so we asked Sarah Ruback of Core Pilates NYC to pick out a few key moves. (For further instruction, check out CorePilates’ series of demo videos.) Ruback suggests holding one-to-two-pound dumbbells (or water bottles or soup cans at home) to make this workout even more challenging. The focus here is quality, not quantity, so work on making each rep as strong as possible and don’t stress about the number of reps.


If you’re looking for pilates in Hillsboro, Oregon, look no further than Balance Massage + Core Fitness Studio. We are a fully equipped massage and fitness practice located in downtown Hillsboro. Our core fitness studio features STOTT Pilates®, the gold standard in Pilates training, using specialized equipment. We offer 20 group fitness classes per week, including Zumba, Zenga, and Total Barre, as well as private instruction from our highly qualified team. Much of our massage practice is focused on injury recovery, relief from pain, and car accident and workers compensation rehabilitation. We also provide a variety of massage treatments purely for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Whether you enjoy the attention of one-on-one private training, or the excitement of a group fitness class, Balance Massage & Core Fitness Studio has the right training options to help you meet your fitness, physical therapy, and relaxation goals.

Balance Massage and Core Fitness Studio

233 SE Washington Street, Suite 103
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Phone: 503.352.9685