Located in Rivertree court next to Lil’ Kickers and Skyzone, TFI (formerly The FIT Institute) in Vernon Hills is a privately-owned physical therapy clinic, Pilates studio, personal training gym, and recovery room that bridges the gap between rehab and sports performance.
As part of TFI’s holistic integrative approach to health and wellness, Pilates classes are offered at the Vernon Hills location. A low-impact exercise suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels, Pilates incorporates a series of precise movements that engage the body’s deep muscles, particularly those in the abdomen, back, and pelvis. By emphasizing controlled and flowing movements, Pilates not only strengthens the muscles but also improves coordination, balance, flexibility and range of motion.
Vernon Hills Pilates classes include a Reformer Class for an intense resistance-based full body workout with an emphasis on the core, a Tower Class using a tower to provide an alternative to the typical reformer class, and a low-impact Cardio Class that applies plyometric exercises on the jumpboard for a high intensity workout.
The Pilates Studio
TFI has a top of the line Pilates studio that was newly built as of the summer of 2023 and features five reformers situated on top of a mezzanine overlooking the gym.
The Pilates Class Size
The small class size of five at TFI is advantageous for several reasons. Instructors can better focus on clients and provide modifications to increase or decrease difficulty depending on the client. Many storefront Pilates studios have class sizes of 12 reformers which can make it difficult to get individualized and tailored attention.
The Pilates Instructors
TFI has three Pilates instructors, Niki Stefanov, Meredeth Duggan and Laura Orcutt. Niki is a licensed physical therapist in addition to being a Pilates instructor. She received her Pilates certification from BASI (Body Arts and Science International) with a specialization in Pilates for dancers and has over 10 years of experience teaching Pilates. Meredeth is a certified Pilates instructor that has been doing Pilates for over 20 years and was also a competitive gymnast for 15 years. Laura Orcutt is a certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer with a background as an athlete in basketball. She is excited to help people from all backgrounds improve their strength and flexibility.
First class is free for first time Pilates clients and a three pack for $75.