In the Victorian era, people made their cores look tight by wearing corsets, which doubled as bulletproof vests during pistol duels. Strengthen your core until it's naturally impervious to bullets instead with today's Groupon: for $50, you get five group reformer classes (a $125 value), or get three group reformer classes (a $75 value) plus one private introductory session (a $55 value) at HardCore Pilates (up to a $130 total value). The 60-minute courses at HardCore Pilates boast bountiful cardio benefits and a focus on motion and flexibility to produce fast, visible results. Small class sizes (four to six students on average) ensure extra attention from HardCore's tractable team of expert instructors. View a complete class list here and reserve online to secure your spot.
In Pilates, strength comes through endurance and repetition rather than pumping pounds of iron. Weak backs and flimsy core muscles benefit from the slow but steady regimen. By learning how to move your body using an efficient range of motion, you will leave your session walking taller and less prone to injuries. Perhaps the best benefit of all is the buddy-system-style workout built into Pilates. Your motivation comes externally, from cheerful instructors and friendly classmates rather than from bitterly chanted mantras and tyrannical resolutions.
Ten Citysearchers are toned and happy, giving HardCore Pilates a perfect five stars:
- I've been attending classes at Hardcore Pilates for over a year and can not describe how much I enjoy the workouts. I rarely enjoy working out, but can honestly say that Hardcore Pilates makes it fun! The class size is small, and the trainers customize the workout for each individual – emarlatt
- When I walked out of my first consultation I instantly felt the muscles I had just worked out. I have seen amazing results throughout my body... I can see my arms, legs, and stomach getting toned. – kns09
When champion long jumper Wayne Davis pulled a hamstring during the 2000 Olympic trials, he turned to Pilates to augment his recovery—and was instantly wooed by its therapeutic and athletic benefits. Today, together with fellow certified trainer Lauren Smith, Davis blends weight training, yoga, and traditional Pilates into classes at his studio, HardCore Pilates. Each Pilates class of eleven students includes exercises on an Allegro Reformer, whose roller- and spring-propelled platform helps strengthen torsos and straighten students’ posture. Rounding out its staff of all-star athletes, the studio also employs a former pro football player, who leads spin classes set to lively music and incisive play-by-play analysis. After class, one-on-one stretch therapy helps refresh muscles and connective tissues, relax joints, and expand range of motion.
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