I have been working with Shane for over a year now, after recovering from shoulder injury. He is knowledgeable, calm and highly professional. Importantly he designed an individualized program that has allowed me to improve flexibility and strength while avoiding injury.
His new location in Streeterville emphasizes privacy in an understated but comfortable environment.
I highly recommend him and his new studio for anyone that wants to work on flexibility and strength or people that are recovering from injuries.
Coming out of physical therapy it was a revelation to me that there was a next step in getting better. Shane and his group got me beyond functional to strong again. This truly is movement / exercise / pilates informed by medicine.
Shane is a seasoned professional in the field of rehabilitative fitness, pilates and wellness that I'm grateful to have a long standing relationship with. I have worked with Shane for over six years to build and maintain a fitness and wellness regime after being diagnosed with a herniated L5/S1 disc. The doctors I went to for diagnosis strongly recommended getting serious about core training. That was six years ago, and within a six month period I went from debilitating back issues to back in form.
After being introduced to Shane, he worked with me to understand the basics of pilates/core strengthening to more complex fitness training/pilates. This proved to significantly improve my core strength and decrease pain associated with the herniated disc. Far beyond basic fitness and core strengthening training, Shane has also taught me a great deal about how to be more in tune with my body to minimize injury, maximize awareness of capabilities, and rebound from any setbacks in short order.
In terms of a workout with Shane, he has been nothing short of spectacular. His calm demeanor, thoughtful workouts and in depth explanation of the body has resulted me returning to some of the best health of my life as I approach the age of 40. The variety of the workouts are fun, his deep knowledge of anatomy/physiology are highly impressive. He is ever mindful of effective ways to communicate in order to maximize the time available in workouts while keeping each week full of variety. He has also offered and fine-tuned home training programs for me to utilize at home and while on travel for work.
I very much look forward to my sessions with Shane. I look back on the first six months after injury and marvel how far, how fast I was able to rehabilitate with Shane's guidance and expertise. If you can't tell, I can't give Shane high enough accolades. Anyone who is interested in personal training and fitness, and particularly if you are need of rehabilitation and maintenance post injury, would be well advised to reach out and work with Shane.
Shane has had a significant positive impact on my post-back-surgery body, and I strongly recommend him.
Prior to surgery, I was very active. I worked-out five days a week lifting weights and doing cardio. After I had the back surgery (Microdisectomy L4/L5), I completed six weeks of physical therapy, but I was far from fully recovered. I was scared and depressed that my body would never be the same and that I would have to give up my love of fitness. I needed to find someone who could help me with post-rehab recovery, and I searched for someone with expertise in spinal rehab and core conditioning. An acquaintance referred me to Shane, who I started seeing approximately 5-1/2 months after the surgery.
Shane noted my new fear of my body and of hurting myself again, and he assured me that this would be a process leading to a program that would be specific to my injury and my lifestyle. Shane has a very patient, calm demeanor. Happily, the progress he has helped me achieve is unbelievable. My core is stronger than it has ever been. I have received several compliments on my posture since training with him. He also has helped me become more aware of my body alignment and helped me gain back my confidence. Due to my lifestyle, I still have some days where I experience some back discomfort, but it is reassuring to know that my weekly session with Shane seems to get my body back on track.
I have been seeing Shane for about a year and a half, and my results have been amazing. I have my strength and range of motion back. I am grateful to work with Shane, who has helped me obtain results that I could not have achieved by myself.
Shane receives my highest recommendation for a pilates instructor for students/patients with back problems.
I met Shane Rhoads in May 2013 after completing physical therapy for a total left hip replacement. I am an active early, middle-aged man who wanted to return to doing the things I liked to do and had to give up as my hip continued to deteriorate over time. Shane was certified in post rehabilitation therapy so I sought his expertise to help me continue my recovery from the surgery and make the gains necessary for an active lifestyle. Shane quickly identified the strength, balance and flexibility issues that were unique to my case and we then embarked upon a program that he designed for me. Thanks to Shane, I’m getting back to my active lifestyle. Today, I am riding my bike for miles at a time, something I couldn’t do for many years before my surgery. I also back to my favorite activity – running; I expect to be in a position to run a 5K race in the near future. Even more important, I have confidence back with my gains in strength and balance to venture out and participate in the many things that Chicago has to offer throughout the year. I owe much of where I am today to Shane’s expertise in post rehabilitative therapy and the program he developed for me.
November 5, 2013