The Pilates method has been transforming lives around the world for more than a century. We believe in preserving and advancing the Pilates system by elevating our instructors into extraordinary teachers who are Pilates champions and warmly invite students into our studio—and into their hearts.
We’re excited to meet you and deliver our world class Pilates System for a stronger, taller (and happier) you.
The name “Gerda” derives from Germany and means “Protector”. At Gerda Pilates, we believe that our Pilates-based movement provides the world’s greatest methodology for our clients to gain mastery of their bodies; which will strengthen them and protect them so they may pursue their own personal best and achieve true happiness. And that’s exactly why we wake up each morning—to help people feel great.
Fitness is a prerequisite of happiness. We believe in the power of every human. Loving our students comes naturally. Respect the practice. Bring your best. And remember, keep smiling!
“We’re thrilled to bring the beauty and benefits of Pilates to
Our mission is to facilitate movement that helps you feel stronger and creates a protective, beautiful posture so that you will naturally stand taller and move confidently into your everyday life.
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Gerda Pilates offers Private classes, Duet Classes, Trio Classes, Mat Pilates, Yoga Sessions, Barre Classes, Jungle Sports and Sling Training as well as International Certification Courses.
Gerda Pilates is committed to its clients and ensuring that every client experience is a positive one. Our trainers teach a customer-centric version of Pilates so that each session is uniquely tailored to the needs of the client. Our studio prides itself on offering the highest level of instruction and service.
Gerda Pilates is located in a serene, private courtyard with lovely landscaping. When the studio doors are open, ocean breezes flow through the space.
Gerda Pilates uses Stott equipment. We have two Rehab Reformers, one Reformer/Tower, and one Cadillac. Our studio is fully equipped with an array of additional equipment and accessories including, Split-Pedal Stability Chair and Stability Barre, jump boards, spine correctors, spine supporters, arc barrels, Pilates mats, rings, blocks, bands, balls, and free weights.
Zumba, Corealign and Pilates for Seniors.
The instructor will customize the workout to meet your unique needs.
We recommend clients start with private classes before moving on to duets, trios or classes so that you can learn how to modify exercises – making them more accessible to you or more challenging – so that you can get the most out of your workout.
2 people, one instructor. The instructor designs a workout to accommodate the needs of both you and your partner.
We recommend that you find a partner; however, occasionally we have been able to match clients. If interested in finding a partner, please leave your desired day and time AND fitness level with the front desk.
3 people, one instructor. Unless you have prior Pilates experience, you must have completed at least 10 privates before joining a trio
Combination of reformer, mat, Cadillac and chair used based on availability
Trios are not recommended for clients with injuries or special conditions.
A total body Pilates workout featuring classical Pilates Exercises with and without Pilates equipment on the Pilates mat. Whether you’re a Pilates beginner or a Pilates expert practitioner, Mat Pilates with materials will deliver a great Pilates workout. Mat Pilates with materials classes feature classical Pilates exercises performed on a Pilates mat, but spices up traditional Pilates workouts with the use of Pilates props such as the small ball, stretch band, Pilates ring, foam roller and Stretches. The variety in Mat Pilates with materials classes ensures that each Pilates workout provides a total body workout that strengthens the core, tones the hips and thighs, and flattens the abs.
Yoga Sessions – Group & Private
So how are Pilates and Yoga different? Well, both systems have been categorized as mind-body fitness programs and both systems focus on the breath more specifically than other exercise methods. Beyond that, Pilates and Yoga are very different! The two systems were designed with different goals, and while practitioners will see increased strength and flexibility with both, each person needs to decide which is best for him/herself. As for Gerda Pilates, we enjoy both Pilates and Yoga, but obviously, lean a little more towards Pilates!
Group Barre Classes with Gerda
This class flows fluidly with Ballet Barre work for a new twist on interval training. The class begins with arm and posture work, and then proceed to an interval training. Then move to the barre…. And just when you think your legs can’t take any more plies, you’ll be bouncing to the beat and flushing the lactic acid out of the muscles and throughout the body. As with all classes at Gerda Pilates, posture and form are important, and with Ballet Barre Hopping they are mutually reinforced throughout the class.
Jungle Sports & Sling Training
Sling training is a functional training method where you use two slings to exercise using your own body as the weight and resistance. In addition, you have a weight principle, which means that you can ease, or harden the exercise by just taking a step forward or backward.
Sling training has much in common with suspension training (e.g. TRX or Rip60), but an important difference is that suspension training (as defined by the TRX equipment) uses a one-point connection to the ceiling, whereas sling training uses a two-point connection.
PilateswithGerda, Pilates Teacher Training Program is committed to cultivating competent and confident Pilates instructors capable of meeting the needs of diverse clients of all ages and fitness levels.
At PilateswithGerda, Pilates and fitness enthusiasts can be trained to teach on the following Pilates equipment:
We also offer courses in Anatomy, Biomechanics and Posture Analysis, Special Conditions and a variety of workshops using various Pilates props and on relevant fitness/medical related topics to prepare you to teach a wide variety of clients.
To see our entire class schedule and rates, please click below and Sign In to the Gerda Pilates class scheduler.
If you need any assistance, please give us a call at 949-675-8400. We look forward to seeing you!
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Gerda Ergul – Owner
Maryanne has been an athlete her whole life. A Yoga practitioner since 1989 in the Hatha Yoga Tradition, the Bikram Yoga Series since 2007, and most recently incorporating Vinyasa Power Yoga, since 2013. Maryanne became Certified in the 300 hour Teacher Training Program through Core Power Yoga in Huntington Beach in 2013, along with being Certified for Children's Yoga through Smiling Monkey Yoga at the Center for living Peace in Irvine. Maryanne brings her many years of study, and knowledge, along with her passion to give back to the community what Yoga has given to her. Humbly forever a student always learning and growing her practice.
Valentina received her Comprehensive Teacher Training Certification from Romana’s Pilates Instructor Training Program. She was hand picked to train under the tutelage of Joseph Pilates’ leading protégé, Romana Kryzanowska, and was mentored by Sari Mejia Santo, at TruePilates in New York. She fell in love with Pilates after her very first reformer class! It was then she realized that “controlled movement” and “mind-body connection” create a strong body and core, which in turn helped overcome injuries from her intense ballet training.
Vickie received her Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Certification from ABC Pilates, and is a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified Pilates Teachers. Vicki has been practicing Pilates for more than 12 years. She originally started with Pilates due to a back injury and, as she began to understand the numerous benefits that Pilates offered her, she decided to share her finding with others by becoming an instructor. Vicki’s teaching style is deliberate but gentle. She focuses on developing clients’ strengths, and she loves to see her clients realize their full mind and body potential.
Shawn received her Yoga Certification from YogaWorks in 2009. She is experienced at teaching all levels and has been practicing yoga for 35 years. She is amazed at how the body responds to the mind, through positioning, and breath work. She is very passionate about teaching and believes in the personal transformation that yoga offers and wants to share that with her devoted students.
Keith trained and received his Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Certification from the the Body Alchemist in San Diego. He also received his certification from the Pilates Conditioning Program at Orange Coast College. He has his MFA in Dance from UCI. Keith has been teaching Pilates for over 10 years, and has a long history of teaching fitness and dance. He teaches men and women with wide ranges of fitness levels and ages. He has worked with professional athletes and various clients requiring rehabilitation from injuries.