Before Pilates, strengthening the body's core involved a giant drill and a ragtag but plucky group of fitness scientists who learn to overcome their differences and work together. Take the easier way to a powerful core with today's Groupon for classes at Gramercy Pilates Fitness. Choose between two class options:
• For $49, you get four beginner or intermediate small-group Pilates classes (up to a $140 value)
• For $79, you get two 60-minute private sessions (a $170 value)
Founded and run by Pilates-certified instructors Steven Wheeler and Ernie Fossa (who is also certified in Gyrotonic), Gramercy Pilates Fitness conducts small, intensive fitness classes in a beautiful 2,500-square-foot loft. The more than 70 group classes scheduled each week are mathematically vetted to never include more than four participants or fewer than zero (up to a $35 value each). Beginner classes focus on the basics of Pilates, teaching newbies the movement and breathing patterns while getting them acquainted with the tower and reformer machines used in the exercises without requiring them to endure a bunch of awkward coffee dates. The intermediate class cranks up the pace to an intensive all-in-one workout. For even more one-on-one attention, take a pair of personal sessions with a senior certified trainer and achieve a personal fitness goal, be it six-pack buttocks or the strength to punch through time (an $85 value each).
Though Gramercy Pilates Fitness sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Gramercy Pilates NYC
A team of certified teachers. Fifty group classes a week. A 2,500-square-foot loft studio. Owner Ernie Fossa created the gym he dreamed of 10 years ago to help patrons improve the way they look and feel. Cot-like reformer machines slung low to the ground line the walls, punctuated by the high metal bars of a tower machine. Both contraptions aid exercisers in engaging their cores and sinking more deeply into stretches, lengthening the standard motions of Pilates, increasing resistance levels, and relieving joints of possible strains. The ample number of instructors means class sizes remain between four and six students, ensuring easy access to the equipment and individual attention for all. For more personalized workouts, patrons can opt for one-on-one sessions with a certified instructor or one of the studio directors, who will motivate them through tailored workouts that combine mat and machine work.
39 E 20th St.
New York, New York 10003