Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Chisel a firmer mind-body connection with today's Groupon: for $49, you get four Pilates SPX Megaformer, indoor cycling, or Buddh-y Busting MegaCombo classes at Fit Buddha (up to a $134 value).
Fit Buddha's passionate trainers lead students through high-intensity, low-impact exercises that tone core muscles while ensuring a vigorous cardiovascular workout. During SPX Megaformer Bionic Pilates classes, students work through 40 minutes of smoothly controlled Pilates movements, spending at least four seconds on the contraction and release of each repetition to tone lean muscles without incurring green skin and purple shorts. Sessions also boost joints' range of motion to like that of a concert pianist playing whack-a-mole, and the addition of calorie-burning respiratory exercises reinvigorates lungs. In order to ensure more personalized attention, instructors cap the class sizes at either ten students or one fitness-conscious mastodon. Alternately, students can tone legs during indoor spin sessions on Schwinn A.C. Performance indoor cycles, which generate additional resistance with magnets and tightly spooled rubber chickens, or Buddh-y Busting classes that combine toning Megaformer workouts with stationery cycling to create a whole-body workout. Dedicated on watching over students' genetic investments, childcare is offered for select classes throughout the week ($6/session).
After visiting multiple friends who owned SPX studios, Marcus and Eva Kettles decided that imitation would be the sincerest show of devotion to Santa Barbara's fitness scene. The pair quickly laid plans for their own business, channeling their entrepreneurial backgrounds—Marcus had owned a New York City production company, and Eva had run a successful restaurant and holistic medicine practice—to launch the project. Today, you can find them overseeing an array of Megaformer machines and a staff of trainers inside Fit Buddha's eastern-themed exercise zone, where guests bolster their bodies during signature SPX classes–all without the burden of membership fees. Santa Barbara is appreciative, too; the studio won Santa Barbara Independent's Best of 2013 in the Pilates studio category.
The 40-minute SPX workout and its signature Megaformer machine draws from focused Pilates techniques, cardio drills, and strength training to create a full-body conditioning routine. By melding effective intensity, cardio, and endurance training, the Megaformer delivers a more complete workout than traditional Pilates. Energizing music syncs up with the class circuit, which can deviate from the SPX formula to include stationary cycling and nonstationary naptime. The studio also houses wellness and nutrition centers that espouse the anti-aging benefits of infrared saunas alongside wholesome sips from protein shakes.