Like the Earth's core, humans' muscular cores must be treated with care to maintain gravitational balance and ward off uninvited drilling from bumbling Victorian professors. Firm up and scare off nosy intruders with today's Groupon: for $49, you get three group Pilates or Xtreme60 classes at BetterBody Pilates, located in Calabasas (a $105 value).
Founded by celebrity trainer Maricar Pratt, BetterBody's certified instructors work with men and women of all fitness levels to strengthen cores, drop pounds, and facilitate post-natal and injury rehabilitation. Group Pilates classes make use of the reformer, a traditional apparatus designed to exterminate flab without concurrently engendering unsolicited bulk muscle or sweepstakes entries. Betterbody also offers a hybrid regimen called Xtreme60, which integrates treadmill, elliptical, and spin bike workouts with weight training and traditional Pilates exercises to form the ultimate one-hour full-body fitness routine. Check out the schedule here.
Five Yelpers give BetterBody Pilates a perfect five-star rating:
- As a man I was skeptical about trying it, I thought it was for women. I was wrong, it is for any man who wants proper balance in their life, physical strength and endurance. – Martin C.
- I decided to get fit and signed up for a package of extreme 60 classes here (a combo of pilates and cardio). Wow!!! In just weeks I see and feel a big difference. – Bonnie B.
Better Body Fitness
As a massage therapist working in a physical therapy office, Maricar Pratt noticed how safely and effectively Pilates helped postsurgical patients rehabilitate their bodies. She enrolled in New York's Physicalmind Institute to earn her certification then came to West Hollywood to study Pilates Cadillac use more in-depth. After working as a Pilates instructor and personal trainer at various locales, she decided to open Better Body Fitness. She gathered a professional staff able to customize a variety of fitness routines to help people with various needs and goals—whether they're recovering from an injury, supplementing dance training, or striving to whip into shape. Instructors train students of all fitness level, and celebrities have been known to stop by, including Denise Richards, Rick Fox, and Howie Mandel, according to USA Today's CelebWatch.
The instructors offer a diverse range of classes so that their members can mix up their workouts whenever they'd like. During mat-based classes, instructors help students gain strength, flexibility, and balance as they learn how to align their bodies without the use of the studio's equipment or a magical genie. Barre classes shape and tone muscles with ballet's elongating and conditioning movements, and high-energy Dance with Me classes fuse styles including hip-hop, Bollywood, and hula to motivate fancy footwork into action. The studio also offers TRX suspension-training classes, which leverage the students' body weight in exercises that help sculpt lean muscle, and yoga classes harness Vinyasa flows to build strength and self-awareness.