After years of figure skating, soccer playing, and
jazz and tap dancing, co-owners Lori Allen and Jenny Geyser needed a fitness program that developed muscle strength and flexibility without terrorizing their joints. They landed on the Purre Barre method, and after years spent as students, they decided to go pedagogical, teaching others.
In their cozy, mirrored studio practitioners stabilize and stretch limbs on the ballet barre that surrounds the walls before assaulting the abs, hips, glutes and arms with a barrage of small isometric movements. By eliminating jumping by enforcing a strict no-pogo-stick policy, the exercises help bodies prevent undue stress on the joints.
CORE40 is a brand which fuses Pilates with cardio and strength training workouts to form a comprehensive, calorie-burning system. Clients work in small groups, sweating through muscle-building CORE40 classes held on Megaformer M3 machines and fast-paced COREcycle classes held on high-tech, customizable spin bikes. The gym also offers the best of both worlds with COREcombo classes, which combine elements of each program to give participants a rapid, effective workout in under one hour. Certified instructors lead each energetic class or personal training session, pushing clients to work past their preconceived limits and offering encouragement along the way.
Pegasus, the high-flying equine that serves as the namesake at Pegasus Pilates conjures up the inspirational notion of being able to overcome adversity with your own abilities. Thanks to the studio's aerial-hammock and barre Pilates classes, students enjoy this beautiful feeling as they get into shape. Founder Jennifer Van Deausen started with Pilates fundamentals, and then added her own spin on them to create these and other alternative-fitness classes. Traditional Pilates practitioners can also benefit from the more standard Pilates Reformer classes.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).
Nestled on the Pacific shore, DMTC Racetrack’s beautifully manicured venue features Spanish-style architecture to delight the eyes and quick horses to delight the racing enthusiast. Two general-admission clubhouse tickets ($10 each) grant a pair of guests access to the club, where they can dine on burgers, carved sandwiches, and other fare, and sip cocktails while watching the magnificent thoroughbreds run. Or for Labor Day, groups of four can complement their admission (normally $6 each) by reserving a four-top table ($100) at the Stretch Run Grill. All the tables available with today's Groupon are trackside and in the sun, so wear a broad-brimmed hat piled high with seasonal fruits and old racing forms, or order off the grill's menu of delicious comestibles.