What You'll Get
- Five Mat Pilates Classes
- Five Barre Classes
- Five Pilates Classes
- Three Private Pilates Sessions
Pilates: Fitness from the Ground Up
Read on to learn more about what you’re in for with Groupon’s look at Pilates classes.
A fully equipped Pilates studio will be lined with a range of fitness contraptions: Reformers, trapeziums, Wunda chairs, perhaps an assortment of balls, bands, and barrels. And then there’s the mat, a simple foam rectangle about twice as thick as a yoga mat. Like all Pilates equipment, the mat is designed to work the abdomen, lower back, hips, and buttocks (the powerhouse, in Pilates lingo)—or rather, to provide a surface for you to work these muscles, relying on your own bodyweight for resistance. During mat classes, instructors guide students through a flowing choreography of exercises aimed at strengthening muscles, increasing spine and hip flexibility, and improving balance. The end goal is not only long, lean muscles, but an improved awareness of one’s own body and its proper alignment.
Requiring no complex equipment, mat classes tend to be more prevalent and more affordable than Reformer classes; once you learn the moves, it’s easy to practice at home or on top of a cleared desk at work. Some Pilates instructors require new students to perfect their form on the mat before moving on, whereas others find that certain Reformer exercises may provide a better start for those with limited mobility. Wherever you start, many studios recommend at least one private session before joining a group class so you can build a foundation as strong as your powerhouse is going to become.
The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.” Also, don’t be surprised if your class incorporates light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Registration required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. All sessions must be used within 30 days of first session. Not valid for clients active within the last 12 months. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.