Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Arrange abdominal-muscle puzzles with today's Groupon: for $85, you get three private Pilates sessions at Evolution Pilates in Port Washington (a $255 value).
During small group classes and one-on-one workout sessions, Evolution Pilates' team of certified instructors helps students to increase strength, flexibility, and posture with machine- and mat-based exercises. Private 50- to 55-minute lessons acquaint beginning pupils with Pilates-specific exercise machines such as the popular Pilates Reformer, which features a system of ropes and pulleys designed to add more resistance to muscle-toning moves, help to increase the body's range of motion, and insidiously acquaint students with the mechanics of building pyramid spaceships for soon-to-be alien overlords. By using their own body weight during strength exercises, students can sculpt long, lean physiques and solid cores without doing monotonous reps on a machine or bench-pressing grand pianos. Experienced pupils may also enjoy benefits from one-on-one instruction, as Evolution's stretching savants utilize more than 500 exercises to keep workouts fresh and varied.
Students are required to make reservations for private sessions in advance, as there are a limited amount of machines in the studio. Instructors also stress that students bring their own water, as none is available to buy or to barter for with collectible Pogs at the studio.
Mo Wolfe's quaint yet contemporary Pilates boutique hosts more than 30 apparatus Pilates classes each week that use a system of ropes and springs. The certified instructors limit class sizes to six students per session, enabling them to provide personalized attention. They teach how to use the systems of ropes and pulleys to develop lean muscle, increase flexibility, and bolster cores, the part of the body most likely to give humans their own magnetic field. The staff allows beginners and those with movement limitations to start with a private Pilates session to better learn how to use the equipment and perform the body weight resistance moves.