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Sabine James



Core Conditioning


Sabine's love for teaching reaches back to 1989, when she taught aerobics in Germany in the first gym of her small hometown.  While studying kinesiology and sports medicine, she started teaching dance and muscle conditioning in Frankfurt to supplement her income.   In 1995, two weeks before coming to Long Beach to study dance for a semester at CSULB, she had to have a third knee surgery, the result of a ski accident that had happened in 1987.  The dean of the dance dept. then recommended Pilates classes that were offered for the first time by Susan McLain, a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Co.  Sabine was addicted at the first class, and it has been her passion ever since.  She decided to stay and pursue her degree in dance, and Pilates has always been an essential part of her dance conditioning and rehabilitation.  While studying, Sabine was introduced to the ball workout in 1998, and, recognizing the huge benefit, she started team teaching ball- and Pilates classes in various gyms in the area.  Continued problems with her knee and a fourth surgery in her last semester in 2000 forced her to quit dancing and to redirect her focus to teaching.  She received her Pilates certification in 2001 from Long Beach Dance Conditioning and has since been teaching mat- and equipment classes and privates.  She brought the ball workout to Frogs, Long Beach in 2002 and taught it twice a week to the day Frogs closed its doors in December 2010.  Currently Sabine is teaching at Vero Pilates, a beautiful boutique studio in Belmont Heights and at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at California State University Long Beach.  Due to popular demand she has also been teaching  monthly 2 hour ball masterclasses.


A complex body workout fusing high intensity cardio with muscle and core conditioning.  Get a double workout in one hour:  not only does the ball add extra weight, intensifying the cardio part while consistently engaging upper body muscles, it also provides a maximum challenge for core and weaker support muscles. There is no muscle that does not have to work.  This is one of the most effective ways to get your body in shape in very little time.


Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.

“Contrology (Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” 

Joseph Pilates


My favorite saying is "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone", which is exactly how I teach and approach all my classes.

Be prepared to work hard and push beyond of what you believe you are capable of.  You will be challenged not only physically, but mentally, with focus on form, alignment and safety. Every session or class is built on the Pilates principles: 

Concentration, centering, control, breathing, precision and flow.

There is no universal blueprint for everyone: it is YOUR body that matters!

 I don't believe in pain or strain,  but I WILL get you to tap into a potential way beyond your comfort zone!


Current Vero Schedule                               


Mixed Equipment Classes                                 


M, T, W, Th, F        5:45am                                          

Monday                  11:00am

Wednesday            10:00am

Thursday                7:00am                                           

Friday                     10:00am

Saturday                7:00am                                          




Fridays                    11:00am       for men

Saturday                 6:00am       advanced          


I have currently limited availability for privates and semi-privates at Vero Pilates.



T, Thu    8:30am

Reformer Group Class

W, F       8:30am


Sabine James


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