$49 One Month of Indoor Cycling Classes at Five Starr Pilates & Fitness ($120)

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On stationary bikes, exercisers challenge themselves with workouts that change up and stay fun

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate Pilates options by the expiration date on your Groupon, classes expire 3 months from activation date. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Must sign waiver. All classes must be used by the same person. Not valid if attended a class in the past 6 months. 1st class is an orientation class. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Five Starr Pilates & Fitness - California Heights: $49 One Month of Indoor Cycling Classes at Five Starr Pilates & Fitness ($120)

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The Cardiovascular System: How Exercise Makes it Hum

Exercise can be a little tough when you start out. Take inspiration during your next workout by understanding the good it’s doing inside with Groupon’s whirlwind tour of the cardiovascular system.

The average person’s heart beats 100,000 times a day, pushing 10 pints of blood all the way to the tips of the toes and back through 60,000 miles of vessels. Along this route, that blood stops to do a great many errands. The heart pumps blood to the lungs to collect oxygen before sending it through the rest of the body via arteries, arterioles, and capillaries. Once the tissues have absorbed the oxygen and nutrients they need, they send the waste-filled blood back to the heart through the veins to be reoxygenated and start the process again.

Every time our heart beats, what we really feel is the opening and closing of valves that push the blood through the heart’s four chambers and out to the body. When we exercise or get scared by a shrub that looked like a huge dog for a second, our brains instruct the heart to beat harder to supply the body with what it needs to fight or run. As exercise enhances the muscles over time, it also improves the function of the entire cardiovascular system.

This happens in several ways. Although exercise makes the heart work harder in the short term, this ultimately causes the body to adapt, easing the heart’s everyday tasks. In response to muscles’ demand for more oxygen and compliments, the body actually sprouts new capillaries, while prompting existing capillaries to open wider. These increased channels help lower blood pressure, since blood now encounters less resistance on its way to the extremities. The heart also becomes better at oxygenating the tissues—red blood cells increase their numbers during intense exercise.

With its insistent knocking in our ribcage, you may think the heart’s role in all this would be hard to ignore. But the earliest anatomists didn’t hear its call so clearly. Galen and Hippocrates believed the liver produced blood and spread it through the body in a centrifugal manner; meanwhile, the veins contained air, which the lungs pushed to the tissues. They also assumed this was an open-ended system, with the blood and air gradually dissipating when it reached the ends of veins and arteries—a view that would hold for another 1,500 years.

Customer Reviews

29 Ratings

Pilates orientation was great and Johnny was the best part! Very knowledgable and makes the class fun. Looking forward to taking a class with him.
JULIE N. · September 11, 2016
Love the classes!
Bre P. · August 22, 2016
Josh is the best. I came in for the first time for an indoor cycling class and I had a blast. Josh kept me motivated. I hope to take many classes with him.
Breonna P. · September 25, 2015
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