In the Victorian era, people made their cores look tight by wearing corsets, which doubled as bulletproof vests during pistol duels. Strengthen your core until it's naturally impervious to bullets instead with today's Groupon: for $29, you get four Pilates sessions at Brand E Pilates (a $76 value). Sessions must be redeemed over the course of a month.
Brand E Pilates molds muscles and tones tendons with certified trainer Brandy Daugherty's own blend of mat and reformer Pilates. During each cardio-centric class, students will learn to harness the power of their mind matter to stretch and strengthen their entire body while improving posture, flexibility, and balance—three key components in becoming a master plate spinner or Speaker of the House. Each class has about five students, allowing for a customized training session that fits every experience level. Unlike fitness regimens where participants bulk up by stuffing socks in shirtsleeves, Pilates' pure and person-driven approach creates a streamlined body shape ideal for squeezing through chain-link fences at baseball parks.
Daughtery, an 11-year veteran of the fitness game, is also a certified Balanced Body Pilates reformer instructor and incorporates elements of this training into her classes. Sessions are scheduled for mornings, with one to three time options every day but Saturday, so it's easy to schedule a class into your busy morning schedule of watching game- show reruns for hidden Communist propaganda.
Brand E Pilates
To give her students a well-rounded workout, Brandy Daugherty isn't content with teaching one style of Pilates. Instead, she blends the regimen's mat and reformer styles so her students can reap the benefits both of their bodies' own resistance and that of the reformer's series of cables, straps, and pulleys. Backed by a dozen certifications—including in Zumba, personal training, and turbo kickboxing—Brandy leads her students through sessions that blend core-stability work with plyometric moves and resistance training. She also switches up the workouts so that the body can’t adapt, because, like baby Hulks, confused muscles grow more quickly. Brandy holds class as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m. to accommodate every schedule, with personal training available on an appointment basis.