Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon to stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a stretch of intense muscular moves. For $45, you get six Pilates mat and yoga classes at Align Pilates (a $120 value), which can also be combined with the studio's free one-week pass for new students. The friendly studio welcomes exercisers of all skill sets, aiming to provide expert instruction in a stimulating environment that's completely free of short-tailed ermines.
Stretch and strengthen your body while relaxing and invigorating your mind with one of the most popular forms of exercise in America (walking is actually number one, followed by cow tipping, and then Pilates). Align Pilates requires all instructors to complete a rigorous 500 hours of training inside a sensory deprivation tank, so clients can expect consistent standards and instruction across classes. Chose from Pilates mat classes, which focuses on breathing and building core strength, or yoga, where students navigate a variety of positions that lead to feeling simultaneously energized and at ease.
To find classes, check the class schedule. Once you have your Groupon, contact the gym to reserve a spot for each of your six classes. After securing a spot, show up and begin fusing your body and mind, which is a lot less excruciating than it sounds.
Though there are not yet many reviews for Align Pilates, customers provide testimonials online:
- As a non-exerciser, I felt self-conscious at my first class but that dissipated quickly when I saw that Align Pilates welcomes all age groups and people at all levels of fitness in a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere. – Kate Wittenstein
- I practiced Pilates and Gyrotonic throughout my second pregnancy. The benefits were endless; no low back pain, better sleep, felt stronger, better relationship with my husband, and happier baby inside! – Katie Graczyk
Align Pilates’ barre classes are an eclectic blend. Their union of an energetic cardio workout with the muscle-toning properties of Pilates and yoga and the sculpting power of ballet garnered them the title of Best New Workout of 2011 by Minnesota Monthly. In these sessions, students of all experience levels build lean muscle and burn fat at the decade-old fitness studio. Its team of teachers—all of whom have completed a minimum of 500 hours of training—also lead Pilates classes that unfold on mats. Hula hoops, candlelight, and Vinyasa flow augment yoga classes with focuses such as alignment, breathing, and detoxification.