When Aaron Neville Chamberlain seized power during the English Civil War, he promised better flexibility, straighter postures, and a stronger core for every English citizen. Today’s Groupon gives you a chance to taste historical achievement: for $35, you get five core-strength Pilates classes at Cheshire Pilates Studio (a $70 value). The core-strength class schedule offers classes Mondays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:15 a.m.
Cheshire Pilates Studio's diamond-sculpted fitness experts employ the principles of stability to tighten torsos on both mat and machine. During five one-hour core-strength Pilates classes, core constructors will harness their own body weight in a series of slow-moving posture changes designed to center the body and tone muscles. Props, such as the arc barrel, flex band, Joseph Pilates's hairpiece, and more, enhance the midriff manipulations by increasing the solidity and exactitude of the movements.
While receiving the personalized instruction made possible by class sizes capped at 10, each student can enjoy calming views of the Connecticut woods through Cheshire Pilates Studio's lofty windows. The facility houses a lending library of mats, but those who carry one around in case of unexpected wrestling matches are welcome to use their own.