Pilates challenges the mind and body without the violence and hurt feelings of full-contact chess. Steer clear of overaggressive pawns with today's Groupon: for $30, you get five beginner Pilates reformer classes at A Body in Balance Pilates Studio (up to a $140 value).
A Body in Balance, winner of the Best Pilates title in the 2007 Best of Citysearch awards, challenges students to strengthen and reshape their muscles during small-group reformer classes. Certified instructors lead each session, demonstrating exercises and explaining how the apparatuses’ spring-based resistance operates. With a maximum of six students per class, teachers share personalized encouragement and alignment tips rather than bitterly chanted mantras and tyrannical resolutions. Full-body strength stems from endurance and repetition rather than pumping iron, and core muscles benefit from a slow, steady regimen of multilevel exercises on reformers, towers, and other specialized equipment. By learning how to move the body using an efficient range of motion, participants leave each session walking taller and less prone to injuries not sustained from lightning.
The tranquil studio welcomes students with warm lighting, potted plants, and color-coordinated walls. Filtered through a surround-sound system, gentle music melts stress like a massage from a toaster oven.
Though A Body in Balance sometimes offers package pricing and discounts for new students and schoolteachers, today’s Groupon still offers the best deal available.
A Body in Balance Pilates Studio
Unlike fashion trends, one-hit-wonders, and tattoos that say “I voted for Nixon,” flat stomachs and well-defined muscles never go out of style. Fueled by Joseph Pilates's core-focused philosophy and signature workout regimen, the certified instructors at A Body in Balance Pilates Studio strive to keep abs and limbs toned, leading group classes, private sessions within a mirrored studio stocked with row after row of reformer machines and other equipment, and preparing new instructors for BASI Pilates certification. When not helping beginner- and advanced-level students increase their muscle definition and balance, the staff spends its time and money donating to national and local organizations such as Three Square, Positively Kids, Woman’s Club of Summerlin and local schools.