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Chrissy Sahlas, Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor, Studio Owner, Certified Personal Trainer, Meditation Coach

Offering instruction of the Pilates Method in private & semi-private sessions. The Virtual Classroom hosts a full schedule of live group instruction classes for all levels. She offers private instruction both in studio & in Virtual Classroom. Her in-studio sessions are held in Elmhurst, IL @ Ignite Fitness. 

Chrissy possesses over 18 years of industry experience in the pilates & fitness industry. She has been a studio owner & instructor, teaching the pilates method for the past 17 years.  It has fueled her unhindered passion of human physiology and psychology. She believes a fit mind and body is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. 

She created the Virtual piece of her Classroom back in 2016 as a online platform for her clientele that she coached & trained over the many years in her studio. Her mission for offering her fitness classes virtually was to provide a means for her clients to keep present with their pilates mat work at home. The Virtual Classroom has now expanded to a full time schedule, including her meditation classes & wellness events!

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           The Pilates Method

 “A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.”                                           Joseph H. Pilates


Chrissy has over 18 years of experience teaching the Pilates Method. She is trained with both classical & evolve methods of pilates work. As a studio owner, instructor & student, she has worked & learned from the very best in the industry for classical pilates method. She offers her pilates sessions in her Virtual Classroom & also studio space in Elmhurst, IL @ Ignite Fitness.

Joseph Pilates created this method of fitness to condition both the mind & body, formally known as "Contrology". The Pilates Method encourages the use of the mind to control the muscles in the body.  Joe was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1880, at 14 he was modeling for anatomy books. His father is believed to have been a gymnast, and his mother a naturopath.  His exercises included abdominal work, leg and arm work, balancing exercises, and spinal movements in all planes: flexion, extension, side bending, and rotation, as they were based on the German gymnastics Joe learned as a child. It is said that he taught his method to others during WWII at an internment camp and thus they survived the 1918 flu pandemic due to their good physical shape.  

 "your mind controls the body".  Joseph H. Pilates 



What Clients Say...

"I am so glad that you offer your classes now online!  I am still learning much. Plus I get to hear your voice and your cues, it really is helping!" May 2019

"I started practice with Chrissy in 2008. 
Chrissy’s knowledge is off the charts, she is not only an excellent instructor, but her study of the body allows her to focus in on clients with specific needs.  I’ve been consistent in my practice and can definitely tell a difference when I am not." June 2021

"Chrissy is fantastic, she is patient & a great instructor. She has a deep knowledge of the body & the work, she understands both the how and why movements are done. I have been working with her for 3 years."  June 2021

"With every class, I finish feeling better than I did when I started.  She always finds ways to make class interesting and challenging.  I have been taking classes with Chrissy for 16 years, and I'm always amazed."  June 2021

"Chrissy’s instruction is spot on! I love how she teaches you how to engage the appropriate muscles for each move. I have been coming to her for 10 years. She takes the time to answer any question you have during your instruction AND then at the end she gives you time to dig deeper into things you experienced during the workout."  June 2021

"I loved class.  Thank you for encouraging me.  It was so much harder than I thought it would be. Thank you!" March 30, 2020

"Chrissy is a top-notch instructor who is patient, but she challenges each student to excel at Pilates which keeps their bodies physically fit for everyday tasks." June 2021

"Chrissy helped me realize the benefits of meditation by teaching me the foundation of the practice.  I now understand how easy it is to meditate after following her guided meditation sessions.  I was able to draw on the calmness I felt during meditation, even at other times during my week."  January 2018

"I realize I am more centered and focused in everything I do". ... It (meditation) encourages me to really live a healthy lifestyle." August 2018

"Chrissy does an amazing job of addressing everyone’s specific needs in class. I have been taking her sessions for 12 years.  She is always professional, 
upbeat and a joy to work with."  June 2021

"Such a great class! Thank you for doing these Virtual classes!" March 28 2020
"Great class... thanks! Feeling much better!" March 25, 2020
"Chrissy's classes are tough workouts... which I really like!" April 2018
"These meditation sessions are really helping me more than I thought it would." October 2020

"Chrissy has helped me correct my body imbalances with her instruction. I have been with her instruction for 4 years. She has a wide range of knowledge and can help with many issues. Pilates has transformed my body and made me stronger.  I highly recommend her virtual classes!" June 2021

"It's amazing how creative I become after the meditation morning sessions! I have so much energy." April 2018

"I have been doing pilates with Chrissy for many years and I think her instruction is the best! She is very knowledgable & is kind (and professional). I enjoy all her classes.  I highly recommend all of her sessions and classes." April 2020

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