Like the framework of a mighty skyscraper, the core helps humans hold up the weight of the sky. Stay firm against the firmament with today's Groupon to Pilates Etc. in Newport News. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get five drop-in S Barre classes (a $100 value).
- For $65, you get eight drop-in S Barre classes (a $160 value).
The instructors at Pilates Etc. accommodate students of all skill levels with classes that decode traditional Pilates exercises for newbies and expand on its core-toning moves with challenging ballet elements. Based on a framework of Pilates mat routines that rely on bodyweight resistance and the pull of gravity to add oomph to muscle toning moves, S barre classes infuse workouts with ballet-inspired exercises to ensure an effective low-impact workout for attendees regardless of their dance experience or Twister skills. Classes begin by walking students through lengthening stretches and cardio intervals using the studio's double-sided ballet barre, after which the instructors lead a second, Pilates-style mini workout with the aid of sticky mats, small medicine balls, light free weights, and helium-filled dumbbells. Each 45-minute session concludes with a cool-down that returns to the barre and helps relax students more than a recording of The Marriage of Figaro that is sung by whales.
Following handshakes, Stephanie Forbes Hudgins’s preferred greeting for new clients is inspections of their spines. The certified Pilates instructor conducts detailed alignment evaluations as part of introductory sessions, during which she studies new students’ postures, pinpoints their goals, and outlines their medical histories. The consultations enable her to personalize her future lessons—she is well versed in making her exercises easier to accommodate those who are injured, pregnant, or really full. Her studio's policy is one of universal acceptance: guests of every age and experience level are welcome.
The team of instructors' private, duet, and group lessons encompass the focused stretches and core-tightening holds of both classic and modern Pilates, aided by ample tools such as Reformers, chairs, balls, tubing, and TRX Suspension cords. Her staff's curriculum reaches beyond Pilates to include barre fitness and other disciplines. Zumba classes, for example, take visitors through festive cardio-dance routines, and sessions of assisted stretching release muscular tension while ensuring that you don't lunge too deeply and become permanently stuck.