Five Pilates Classes or 1 Month Unlimited Class Pass at Club Pilates Villa Park (Up to 61% Off)

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Strengthening Pilates Reformer, sculpting and stretching classes taught by certified instructors

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Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. New clients only. Online registration required. Must sign waiver. Classes must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $49 for five Pilates classes ($125 value)
  • $99 for 1 month unlimited class pass ($189 value)

Eccentric Muscle Contraction: The Rock-Solid Core of Pilates

Pilates aims to build muscle strength and definition without unnecessary bulk. Stretch your mind around Groupon’s study of eccentric muscle contractions to understand one of its major tools.

Anatomists identify three types of muscle contraction: concentric, eccentric, and isometric. Isometric contraction occurs when a muscle resists a force without moving or changing its length. Concentric contraction can be exemplified by a set of rapid crunches: the ab muscles repeatedly shorten during the emphasized upward movement, and often don’t revert fully to their relaxed state until the set is complete or the gym teacher looks the other way. Eccentric contraction, on the other hand, is what happens when the muscles resist a force as they lengthen—as they do in the Pilates version of a crunch, the roll down.

To build any muscle, you need to do some controlled damage to its fibers, prompting the body to generate new muscle cells to make repairs. And eccentric muscle contractions are especially good at doing this. Pilates, like almost any form of exercise, involves all three types of contractions, but in characteristic movements such as the roll down the emphasis is on the downward movement. Students carefully control their abs and resist their own body weight as they slowly relax back onto the floor, challenging the muscles in their elongated state.

Eccentric exercises force muscles to work harder than they would in a concentric state—which is why, to a Pilates instructor, 5 slow, perfectly-controlled roll-downs are more productive than a quick set of 50 crunches. This phenomenon explains why beginning Pilates students can experience muscle soreness the day after a deceptively easy workout. Besides trying to prevent addiction to IcyHot, Pilates instructors limit rep quantities because muscles tend to revert into concentric contraction as they tire, which can counteract any gains in flexibility.

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this new club to others, new to Pilates or experienced. All the equipment is top notch and facility is spotless. The instructors take time to help individually and adapt equipment to your personal needs. And class is lively, lots of fun and zooms by quickly...what more could you ask!
Ruth R. · September 1, 2015
This studio is beautiful with quality equipment. Emily was a great instructor! Definitely recommend.
Lori M. · August 8, 2015
This Pilates Studio is clean and fresh, the instructors are friendly and knowledgeable. I have recommended to ALL my friends.
Caren C. · August 5, 2015
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    17767 Santiago Boulevard

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    Villa Park, CA 92861

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