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 five group mat classes at Balanced Bodies pilates studio in Herndon (a $100 value).
Balanced Bodies' BASI-certified instructors lead a multitude of group mat classes specifically tailored for different experience levels. Within the comforts of a spacious studio, groups of 5 to 10 pupils strike strengthening Pilates poses atop their mats as they look out the window at a serene park filled with birds, wildlife, and animated fairytale princesses. Instructors occasionally incorporate Pilates circles, rollers, and bands to assist with the 60-minute exercise sessions, and the studio provides students with all necessary supplies including mats, towels, water, and oxygenated air. Guests can check out Balanced Bodies' calendar to find classes that work with their schedules and level of Pilates knowledge.
Balanced Bodies Pilates Studio
Balanced Bodies Pilates Studio's windows look out onto Runnymede Park, where deer often emerge from the woods and blue herons land near the stream. Inside the studio, groups work to capture the animals' ease of movement, flowing from plank positions into mermaid side stretches while maintaining pristine posture and giving effort without strain. Co-owners Carrie Smith and Adriana Ferrer-Perez believe that through Pilates exercises, their students can attain pain-free, fully functional movement for life. The duo oversees seven other instructors—nearly all claiming BASI teaching certifications—who lead group Reformer classes, classes in mat work, and the Avalon System designed by Rael Isacowitz. Balanced Bodies Pilates Studio also serves as a BASI Pilates teacher-training host facility, where aspiring instructors can undergo comprehensive and specialized teaching courses, including one that demonstrates how to dunk full-size exercise balls.