“I absolutely love this studio. Started in August with a mat class, soon added weekly private and semi-private sessions with instructor Jancy. I am stronger than ever and 2 inches taller every time I leave. I highly recommend this studio to anyone looking to build strength and flexibility.”

Shiela E

“I am a 46 year old woman with 2 children who never was an “exercise girl”. I have taken Pilates with Marie Schneider at Pilates of Old Town for the last year, and could not be happier with the results! I have noticed an improvement with my entire body and feel great after each class. I feel good about putting shorts and dresses on during the summer because my legs are now toned and my stomach has never, and I mean never, looked this good!”

Maria A.

“I hate to work out but after meeting Marie and her adorable Pilates studio…I love it! Marie is an incredible instructor and the equipment at her studio is class A! I have done doubles (where you share your hour with someone else) and privates. For newbies like me, i recommend doing a few privates so you learn the techniques. Since Marie is so great, you will be doing doubles in no time! Thanks to Marie, I made my wedding weight goal in 4 weeks and I feel better than I ever have!”

Jessie P.

“6 months later I’m in the best shape I have been in years…
At Pilates of Old Town I met the owner Marie. Marie was warm and welcoming and introduced me to my trainer Jancy. I signed up just after my 50th and was out of shape and nervous. 6 months later I’m in the best shape I have been in years. I feel strong and confident. I look forward to my training sessions and when I leave I feel taller and in control. I never thought I could develop strong abdominal muscles and now I have them. I started with no tone, just flab and each visit further shapes and defines. Doing gardening and physical activities were increasingly difficult because of low back pain and now that is gone. This studio has been the best gift I could give myself. I love this place and the people who work there. The staff is intuitive to each client’s needs and can make adjustments when ever needed. I see young, middle and older men and women coming for their sessions. I tried this out of the blue and now this is my Tuesday, Thursday gift to help me take care of myself as I pass thru this journey.”

Kelly M.

“I love Pilates of Old Town!  I had never tried Pilates before and the staff was extremely helpful, friendly, and accommodating.  If you have thought about Pilates and never tried it – this is a great place to start!”

Sandra B.

“I have known the owner of Pilates of Old Town for several years now.  Rest assured, you are in good hands when visiting this place.  You’ll feel great when you are done!”


“This place is wonderful…great trainers and a friendly atmosphere. I’ve been going for two years now and love it!”

Kristy C.

“This is the BEST Pilates studio I’ve ever been to. After i moved in this neighborhood I was searching for the right Pilates studio for a while so when I first took the private lesson with Marie i knew right away that i finally found the perfect place for me.  so now it has been almost 8 months since i started taking lessons and i obviously feel more strength and toned in my body. Marie is truly an amazing instructor who knows exactly what i need to work on in every lessons and one hour class passes by so quickly. I highly recommend this place to everyone!”

Akie K.

“This is a great place.  I was very intimidated by Pilates, but I wanted to try it because I had back issues.  My instructor, Karen, helped me during this difficult time and made me feel at ease even though I never had done Pilates before.  They are very friendly and helpful.  I highly recommend it!”

Laris R.

“I was looking for an exercise activity that could increase my strength and help me tone certain areas while still taking into consideration an old knee injury that would often flare up when going to the gym. I knew about Pilates, but was not sure if it was right for me. I called Pilates of Old Town and was instantly greeted with a warm and friendly response from Marie Schneider, the owner of the studio.

Before calling Pilates of Old Town, I had done research on other local Pilates studios. Many seemed very corporate especially when scheduling an appointment, listening to their philosophy or the inability to guarantee the same instructor each session. At Pilates of Old Town,Marie got me in for a trial session immediately along with a quick evaluation beforehand. The private session was amazing. Not only did she explain why we were doing each move, but she made sure my knee was alright and kept it at a pace I was comfortable with. Marie is not the only instructor; they have several available for appointments throughout the day. The studio is well maintained and the equipment is all updated. They offer privates, semi-privates and mat classes.  I would highly recommend this Pilates Studio to anyone looking for a well rounded workout, a friendly environment and a program that keeps you wanting to come back every week for more.”

Brandy M.

“I have been going to Marie at Pilates of Old Town almost since the day it opened.  Beautiful studio, caring and well educated instructors.  Marie learns how much your body can handle and pushes you to the limits, but not over the top like some places do.  You don’t only want to go back again and again for an awesome workout, but just to hang out with Marie and her cute studio mascot Mia (her Pomeranian).  In my opinion, the best Pilates studio in Orange County.”

Lani R.

“Friendly atmosphere and very professional assistance.”

Michael G.

“I have gone to several places to try out Pilates and this place by far is the best.  Marie has great machines and other great equipment.  I double up with a partner to keep my costs down, yet when I do a get a private class, that is awesome.  This girl really knows her stuff.”

Shannon H.

“I get a great work out every time.  I used to have a lot of pain and now its virtually gone through the Pilates workouts.  Would recommend to everyone.  Maria is a great instructor.  I was tired of the big gyms and found Pilates of Old Town.  Its a small studio and I get personal workout which I find more valuable.”

Teri A.

“This is a gem of a Pilates studio.  You will get a great work out here under the guidance of a very well trained professional. Because I have done a lot of Pilates,   I  know a good teacher when I find one. Marie’s workouts are challenging but so much fun.  Time really  flies with each lesson.  I love the ambiance of the small studio–  Clients are individuals, not cogs in a big  enterprise. I have only had instruction from Marie but other instructors are also available. You feel wrapped up in a caring and friendly environment at Pilates of Old Town.  Marie listens so carefully to her clients and formulates a plan that fits their needs.  She is also well trained to deal with the limitations of injuries or chronic conditions like arthritis. No matter what your level of fitness,  or your knowledge of Pilates, you cannot go wrong at Pilates of Old Town. You want to feel better, physically and mentally for the New Year (or anytime)?  Marie’s classes are an outstanding place to start.”


“I have known Marie for longer than I can remember and you couldn’t be in better hands for a Pilates, barre or mat session. The studio itself is very inviting and in wonderful downtown Tustin. Parking is surprisingly easy!”

Andy L.

“Fabulous Awesome Incredible Warm Caring Inviting. There are just not enough ‘amazing wonderful’ adjectives in the English Language to write here. You just gotta go. Pilates by video is nothing in comparison to one on one (or two friends can go together) with one instructor. Best workout of my life.”

Kim P.

“I would rate this business 10 stars if I could. This is the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in working out.

I’ve done marathons, 1/2 marathons, running clubs, boot camps, I even have my aerobics instructor license. I have done aerobics since the 80’s ..when I was 15, my mom and I worked out in our leg-warmer’s and tights . . step class, you name it. I even have the Pilates workout DVDs . . . (and all other workout DVDs) …

After all of this impact over the years, I would rank Pilates private sessions (this uses the coolest equipment ever) #1. I saw a change in my body after my first session!

Pilates private sessions; through the instruction of Marie and staff, has already helped me take my strength and core and overall health to the next level. The owner Marie Schneider is the GURU of Pilates.

Old Town Tustin is so special and unique, after the non sweat (couldn’t believe that) ‘workout’ you wanna just go explore the area – I experienced so much energy. Marie has created the most inviting atmosphere so relaxing . . like a day-spa . . felt like a massage for my spine and tummy and butt.

This didn’t even feel like an hour workout but more like minutes with a friend. Can’t wait to workout again – I definitely signed up for the series!”

Kim K

“The great benefits of taking Pilates
with Marie Schneider has carried over into other areas of my life. An example of this is when I mentioned to Marie that her focus on my core, abdominal muscles and shoulders during our workouts are also stressed by my horseback riding instructor too. But, I had difficulty in engaging my core effectively while in the saddle.

In listening to my frustration, Marie gave me a fantastic tip! She suggested I use the same Pilates breathing method she taught me – when I ride! Ah, I had a light bulb moment! Then, I understood to fully activate my core while riding is more than just thinking of “tight abdominals”.

Upon my next riding lesson, I decided to concentrate on Pilates breathing and core activation and not to worry so much about the reins, sitting tall, shoulders, legs, the horse and all the other components of riding. I have been working with my present instructor for 7 months and at the end of the lesson, she commented that it was the best ride to date!

In focusing on a completely engaged Pilates core, it was surprising how all the other riding elements I struggle to keep organized fell into place naturally. Thank you, Marie for making me a better rider!”

Carolyn Shimata
At age 54 I had a spinal fusion. While it eliminated my pain, by age 59 I was beginning to see my flexibility and strength diminish. My spine surgeon suggested Pilates. I was very nervous as the only exercise that I had done since my surgery had been walking. But fortunately, I found Marie!

Marie patiently worked with me at my own pace and at the same time used her knowledge and experience to gently nudge me forward. Her clean, well equipped studio has added to a very pleasant experience.

Now, eleven months later I can see a significant increase in my strength and flexibility. I am not as tentative in my every day life regarding normal activities. Marie and I laugh over the actual appearance of some muscle definition on my 60 year old body! I am actually having fun exercising!!!



“I am extremely pleased with the results I have experienced from my classes at Pilates of Old Town.

I had been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus (Stage 3) and was told that the only way to permanently relieve the pain and pressure was to have a hysterectomy. As a temporary measure, I was fitted with a pessary – a device that held everything “in place”.

Since I really didn’t want to deal with surgery, I decided to try Pilates (even though my gynecologist said that it would not improve my prolapse). I began classes at Pilates of Old Town in September, and by December I already noticed an improvement. Now, one year later, I am at the point that I no longer wear the pessary and am free from the discomforts that I had previously experienced with the prolapse. Needless to say, surgery is definitely out of the picture!

Thank you so much to Marie and Pilates of Old Town for helping me to accomplish this goal.”

Jennifer Bonello

“I am a 53-year-old fitness trainer who is not afraid to admit her age. Fitness is a way of life for me. It keeps me healthy, reduces stress and maintains a balance between my mind and body. My workouts are comprised of strength training, boxing, aerobics, core work and Pilates. I have been taking Pilates with Marie for over 3 years, and consider Pilates an important component in my continued success.

Pilates is what I credit as my “silent hero”. It works my body without the immediate pain, burn or excessive sweating associated with other types of exercise. With the proper breathing, body alignment and technique that Pilates requires, I have been able to achieve better posture, long, lean muscle tone and a sense of calm, which is good after a very hectic day.

My workouts can get quite physical, extensive and demanding. Lifting heavy weights would normally cause soreness and muscle stiffness. Soreness, plateaus, and injuries can sideline an individual and impede any fitness program. Pilates has kept my body flexible, and properly aligned, which is key in the prevention of injuries. Cross training with Pilates, combined with healthy living and proper nutrition, can help anyone reach their goals. Thank you Pilates of Old Town!”

Kathy Reed – Fitness Trainer

“Having had several spine surgeries and chronic pain, I was hopeful but hesitant when I started working out at Pilates of Old Town. Presently, I feel better than I have in ten years and I am convinced that working with Marie is a big part of that. Pilates really is for “every body”!”

Joanne Vallone

“The benefits of Pilates as a cross-training technique for running are numerous.  Improving posture, supporting breathing, and preventing fatigue and injury are prominent.  After several years of training with Marie, coordination of core strength and movement has become automatic.

Strengthening of core and back muscles give me stability and balance, and I can coordinate my core and legs so that I can run more efficiently.  Fatigue is another problem that has all but disappeared.  My hip flexors used to ache after long runs, but not anymore.

I have avoided serious injury on two occasions.   Once, while running, I landed on a hard object on the outside of my left foot.  Because of my strong core muscles, I didn’t lose my balance.  My calf muscle automatically compensated to maintain balance and I avoided ankle rollover and knee injury.  In the second incident, I landed with more foot halfway on and off a curb while attempting to cross a street.  With core strength, I didn’t lose balance, but merely slid down the curb landing squarely on the street, not even breaking stride.  Heady stuff, and I surely owe my success in part to Pilates of Old Town.”

Mike Gulan, Marathon Runner

“In July of 2006 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I underwent 6 months of chemotherapy, a modified radical mastectomy followed by 4 more months of chemo and 25 rounds of radiation. During the last 4 months of chemo I decided to challenge myself by taking Pilates to regain the strength I lost due to the harsh drugs, mastectomy and radiation. I began in Maries mat class not being able to do the easiest of moves! As I gained strength, I then started her reformer class twice a week. With Maries guidance I have now mastered many difficult moves and am stronger than before my diagnoses. I even participated in a two day 39 mile walk!

Because of the seriousness of my cancer, it was decided to have an elective second mastectomy followed by reconstruction. Marie helped me prepare for the surgery strengthening the muscles that were going to be cut. Both my doctor and I are impressed by my recovery and progress and I truly believe it had to do with all of my preparation in Pilates. I can’t wait to get back to class!”