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While Pilates classes provide hundreds of health benefits (relaxation, flexibility, occupying time that could be spent eating or smoking), they primarily focus on strengthening core muscles (abs, lower back, and pelvic). Besides the obvious improvements to physical appearance, there are many other benefits you can get with Pilates:
- If a person punches you in the stomach, your abs will immediately retaliate using their own power.
- Fit more aluminum cans into the recycling bin by placing them on the floor and compacting them with powerful pelvic thrusts.
- Easily make your way through pipes by slithering like a snake.
Read on to discover even more benefits from Pilates—like how affordable they are with today’s Groupon.
For $33, today’s Groupon gets you three 50-minute Pilates reformer machine classes at Body Access, a 2008 Best of Citysearch winner for best alternative workout. Get toned for the summer at one of two locations: 446 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington or 149 S. Main St. in Middleton. A limited number of people can be in one class, so round up your posse so you can obtain a physical advantage over rival posses.
Pilates is often compared to yoga since both concentrate on stretching and strengthening muscles and were invented by highly flexible escape artist Harry Houdini. But unlike yoga, Pilates is primarily a physical conditioning program, emphasizing the body working as a whole with a strong central core. It improves posture, flexibility, and fitness by focusing on relaxation, coordination, breathing, control, and flowing movement.
A Pilates reformer class uses spring-based resistance and customized weight training to strengthen your core. The machine is safe for joints and ligaments, but is a harder strength workout than mat classes. At Body Access, your instructors will lead your small, group reformer class in a personalized, friendly manner by asking for your hometown, then launching into a lighthearted standup routine based on your city’s stereotypes. Check out the schedules at both locations.
Body Access was voted Best of Boston 2007 & 2008 by Citysearch in 2007 and 2008. Though web reviews are sparse, they speak highly of the instructors and classes: > * “I am also a member at their new member location in Middleton, MA. What is great about this program is that once once [sic] you become proficient with the equipment you can work out at your own schedule. Dorianne (the CEO) developed a personalized program for me.” – EJarvis, Citysearch > * “Great attention by the instructors. They have made my lower back pain disappear by concentrating on my core muscles (stomach).” – Mario F., CityVoter > * “My trainer (Amy) was super nice and very knowledgeable. The machines and equipment are in good condition. I took 5 Pilates classes and they were pretty good…” – Madame P., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 20, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must call to schedule Subject to availability One per person May purchase multiple as gifts Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.