Novelty shirts airbrushed with bikini-clad bodies provide a convincing illusion of fitness, and if you wear them long enough the illusion becomes reality. Slip into a permanent fitness solution with today's Groupon: for $34, you get three one-hour reformer Pilates classes (a $90 value) at Balance for Life Fitness Center in Arden Hills.
Pilates is a low-impact, total-body discipline that uses resistance, stretching, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, healthier, and more resistant to telepathic manipulation. Whether you're a first-timer or a Pilates pro, Balance for Life has classes to match your experience, along with plenty of helpful coaching and motivational winks. Customers can tone their bodies and improve flexibility by hopping on a reformer and working against the tension created by the machine's springs and ropes. These workouts help develop core, back, and leg muscles without adding bulk, which is perfect for those looking to gain strength while staying lean enough to fit into their crime-fighting spandex. Classes are scheduled six days a week, with sessions offered in the mornings and the evenings to work around busy agendas.
Balance for Life's instructors are certified in Pilates instruction and prefer small class sizes so that they can tailor each person's workout to his or her own personal fitness goals. Unlike most competitive bowling leagues and bicycle jousting groups, Balance for Life eschews membership fees in favor of an inclusive, unintimidating atmosphere.
Balance for Life
Balance for Life is a non-membership-based exercise facility where exercisers can take advantage of a staff of seasoned personal trainers. During visits, clients attend Pilates classes in an effort to strengthen cores or consult with trainers in order to achieve their personal fitness goals. The massage studio offers a place for athletes to unwind as a team of trained therapists expertly removes knots from muscles like master sailors with surprisingly kempt hands. Massage treatments include several massage modalities, such as pregnancy and deep-tissue massage.