Choose Between Two Options
- $25 for five Barre, yoga, or Pilates classes ($55 value)
- $49 for 10 Barre, yoga, or Pilates classes ($100 value)
Click to see the schedule.
Instructors here teach yoga-lates sessions, which involve both yoga and Pilates mat movements. Read on to learn more about what you’re in for with Groupon’s look at mat classes.
Mat Pilates: Fitness from the Ground Up
A fully equipped Pilates studio will be lined with a range of fitness contraptions: reformers, trapeziums, Wunda chairs, perhaps an assortment of balls, bands, and barrels. And then there’s the mat, a simple foam rectangle about twice as thick as a yoga mat. Like all Pilates equipment, the mat is designed to work the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks (the powerhouse, in Pilates lingo)—or rather, to provide a surface for you to work these muscles, relying on your own bodyweight for resistance. During mat classes, instructors guide students through a flowing choreography of exercises aimed at strengthening muscles, increasing spine and hip flexibility, and improving balance. The end goal is not only long, lean muscles, but an improved awareness of one’s own body and its proper alignment.
Requiring no complex equipment, mat classes tend to be more prevalent and more affordable than reformer classes; once you learn the moves, it’s easy to practice at home or on top of a cleared desk at work. Some Pilates instructors require new students to perfect their form on the mat before moving on, whereas others find that certain reformer exercises may provide a better start for those with limited mobility. Wherever you start, many studios recommend at least one private session before joining a group class so you can build a foundation as strong as your powerhouse is going to become.
The Pilates Retreat
At The Pilates Retreat, workouts can tone the entire physique—but they can also hone in on the butt. The fitness center's Bootie Camp Yoga classes do just that, focusing on squats and incorporating light weights. Complementary classes work entire frames, with ballet-inspired Cardio Barre moves, and Yogalates regimens that blend yoga poses and Pilates core-strengthening moves.