Pilates allows you to build a rock-solid body without turning into Rocky. Strength comes through endurance and repetition rather than pumping pounds of kilograms of iron. Weak backs and flimsy core muscles benefit from the slow but steady regimen, and the addition of equipment amplifies results. Springboard classes, conducted with nothing but a resistant springboard and a lot of super-motivating eye contact, last 45 minutes and are currently available seven times a week in Pilates of Carmel's intimate-yet-airy studio. Held in small groups with as many as six students, these introductory sessions encompass the basics of Pilates, lay the foundation for lifelong strength, and prepare you for more-advanced machine and resistance work.