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: for $45, you get 10 mat classes and one private class at Absolute Pilates in Woodstock (a $155 value).
During ten one-hour mat classes, Absolute Pilates' certified instructors guide groups of 8 to 12 participants through a variety of precise movements that promote postural alignment and lean, toned muscles while increasing agility and flexibility. Benders can take advantage of one-on-one flexing during a private session with a trainer leading a routine on a Pilates reformer, an apparatus with gears, straps, springs, and pulleys designed to integrate collaborative muscle-dances from all regions of the body for a complete physical workout. Check the class and events schedule for a full listing of class times, and to plan workouts between prank calls to local donut shops.
Absolute Pilates’s instructors are far from old-school. Though they each boast extensive training in traditional Pilates—and teach classic mat classes—they focus largely on incorporating modern equipment into the ancient practice. Pilates Reformers, Towers, chairs, and even the barre are used during classes, often in combination with each other to optimize workouts and results. The equipment helps students of all levels maintain their balance and target dormant muscles, transforming standard Pilates into a more effective workout. But teachers still maintain the welcoming, personal environment long attributed to Pilates studios and grandma’s doomsday bunker.