the one and only true pilates


Classic Pilates, located in in Oak Park, Illinois, is owned and operated by Certified Pilates Instructors, Kathryn Schumann and Pamela McNeil. Kathryn and Pam, who both have an extensive background in dance, became acquainted during their training in Romana's Pilates. During their studies with Romana Kryzanowska, a protéjé of Joseph Pilates, his daughter Sari Mejia Santo, and Level 1 instructor Juanita Lopez, Kathryn and Pam were taught the True Pilates Method. This method closely adheres to the exercises and philosophies originally designed by Joseph Pilates. 

The rigorous Instructor Training Program takes 600 hours to complete and includes; seminars, hands-on instruction, observation, apprenticing, practice teaching, and both written and practical tests that assess performance on the mat as well as on all of the Pilates apparatus. Certified trainers are also required to complete yearly Continuing Professional Education programs.

Since completing their training, Kathryn and Pam have been committed to providing their clients with a True Pilates workout specific to their own bodies' needs and capabilities, while maintaining the original system of training developed by Joseph Pilates.