As a teenager, Sarah Heward suffered two herniated disks, which left her literally crawling out of bed throughout her teenage years until she was 30. Because her demands as a mother of three young children made it impossible to take time off for surgery, she sought an exercise modality to help heal her damaged back. Sarah found Pilates, which brought her fast relief from the years of pain. Now completely rehabilitated, she leads students of all fitness levels in finding physical wellness at her own studio in both small-group classes and private lessons.
The studio is lined with Pilates machines including reformers and springboards, designed to build patrons’ strength without adding bulk by utilizing the practitioner's own body weight as resistance. She also translates the exercises to mat-based routines, where students need nothing more than willing abdominals and their lucky spandex ascot to complete the full-body-toning regimen.
At Powerhouse Pilates, owners and instructors Annie and Victoria Maxwell lead exercisers through classes designed to strengthen and stabilize the core muscles, also known as the body's "powerhouse." Beyond traditional Pilates mat and reformer classes, the duo offers a handful of fitness sessions that put a more modern spin on the increasingly popular program. The Piloxing class—which has gained attention from NBC10 and Phillyburbs.com—keeps heart rates up by fusing together intervals of boxing, Pilates, and modern-dance moves. Standing barre classes, on the other hand, put the focus on balance and endurance by incorporating weights into a standing routine. Every class focuses on applying Pilates methods to everyday movements––a practice Powerhouse dubs "pre-habbing"––in order to train muscles to move properly and avoid injury.
Trainers at June Hines Pilates undergo rigorous certification programs from creator Joseph Pilates's protégé, Romana Kryzanowska, ensuring authentic interpretations of the core curriculum for Pilates. Pilates uses mats and machines designed to facilitate controlled stretching and muscle strengthening, building the framework for greater overall health, core strength, and ability to whistle with the bellybutton. Private lessons facilitate a custom workout, crafted with the student's input and the trainer's careful consideration of individual health and goals. With more than 500 exercises to choose from, specific muscles and target areas can be focused upon as students explore floor mat work, Gratz stretching apparatuses, and Velcro-covered walls. While pregnant participants are welcome, June Hines Pilates recommends first-timers wait until after they’ve given birth to begin lessons.
The team at Solutions Exercise Studio cares about each client and wants to help them get in shape, which they accomplish by offering myriad fitness options to fit each person’s lifestyle and goals. Coaches lead more than 10 types of fitness classes, ranging from Zumba and cycling to kickboxing, Pilates, full-body workouts, and fundamentals classes that focus on form and safety.
Voted best yoga studio in 2009 by Main Line Today, Ryah Yoga and Health cultivates holistic wellness with a flexible schedule of yoga classes led by skilled instructors, that are available to you anytime for up to six months. Fortify bodily strength, flexibility, and balance with Wednesday's Slow Flow yoga sessions, which harness the fluid postures of Hatha yoga to heighten self-awareness, even in the depths of a mirror maze. Power yoga motivates muscles with a series of dynamic poses performed in a heated studio. Many of the one-hour classes incorporate meditation and positive mantras, and participants may emerge with a renewed sense of energy, improved circulation, and the ability to scratch their backs with their feet. This Groupon can be used for any classes on the schedule, excluding the New to Yoga and prenatal series.
At 6 Keys Pilates, dedicated instructors guide students through individual and group sessions designed to increase flexibility and boost overall physical wellness. During mat classes, limber students enjoy the simplistic comforts of both small class sizes (typically less than five students per class) and stripped-down equipment (a mat, a motivating voice, and an obliging muscular frame). Private lessons are matched in terms of enthusiasm, and they feature the additional perks of personalized attention and a variety of resistance-driven equipment. Classes are available throughout the week in both the morning and evening hours. For complete information, check the class schedule online.
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