Three Private Pilates Classes, or 5 or 10 Small-Group Pilates Classes at Bodyline Pilates Studio (Up to 67% Off)

Beverly Hills

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  • $90 for three private Pilates classes ($270 value)
  • $69 for 5 small-group Pilates classes ($175 value)
  • $119 for 10 small-group Pilates classes ($350 value)

Eccentric Muscle Contraction: The Rock-Solid Core of Pilates

Pilates aims to build muscle strength and definition without unnecessary bulk. Stretch your mind around Groupon's study of eccentric muscle contractions to understand one of its major tools.

Anatomists identify three types of muscle contraction: concentric, eccentric, and isometric. Isometric contraction occurs when a muscle resists a force without moving or changing its length. Concentric contraction can be exemplified by a set of rapid crunches: the ab muscles repeatedly shorten during the emphasized upward movement, and often don't revert fully to their relaxed state until the set is complete or the gym teacher looks the other way. Eccentric contraction, on the other hand, is what happens when the muscles resist a force as they lengthen—as they do in the Pilates version of a crunch, the roll down.

To build any muscle, you need to do some controlled damage to its fibers, prompting the body to generate new muscle cells to make repairs. And eccentric muscle contractions are especially good at doing this. Pilates, like almost any form of exercise, involves all three types of contractions, but in characteristic movements such as the roll down the emphasis is on the downward movement. Students carefully control their abs and resist their own body weight as they slowly relax back onto the floor, challenging the muscles in their elongated state.

Eccentric exercises force muscles to work harder than they would in a concentric state—which is why, to a Pilates instructor, 5 slow, perfectly-controlled roll-downs are more productive than a quick set of 50 crunches. This phenomenon explains why beginning Pilates students can experience muscle soreness the day after a deceptively easy workout. Besides trying to prevent addiction to IcyHot, Pilates instructors limit rep quantities because muscles tend to revert into concentric contraction as they tire, which can counteract any gains in flexibility.

Bodyline Pilates Studio

Described by its owners as one of the oldest Pilates studios in the nation, Bodyline Pilates Studio is the multidisciplinary fitness facility helmed by Maria Leone. An internationally lauded dancer and choreographer with a black belt in tae kwon do, Maria is also an esteemed Pilates pro—her Pilates on the Go DVDs have been featured in Allure, Ellie, and Fitness magazines. Maria personally trained all of Bodyline's instructors and offers Pilates certification as well.


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    Beverly Hills

    9171 Wilshire Blvd., Suite A

    Beverly Hills, California 90210

    310-274-2716

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In a Nutshell

Students develop long, lean muscles, better posture, and abdominal strength in private or small-group Pilates classes

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Valid only for new customers or those who have not used services in the past year. Must sign waiver. All classes must be used by the same person. All classes must be used within 4 months of activation. Must bring toe-socks to sessions; available for purchase at Bodyline. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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