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 $25, you get five Pilates reformer classes at Hardcore Pilates, located inside S.P.O.R.T.S. on Cheyenne Avenue (a $90 value).
In Pilates, strength comes through endurance and repetition rather than pumping pounds of iron or shotputting medicine balls. Classes, held hourly every Monday through Saturday, provoke weak backs and flimsy core muscles into standing up for themselves through a slow but steadily building regimen. Experienced coreologists work to extend motion and flexibility so that bodies walk out the door standing taller and walk into walls with confidence in their sturdy physique. Within Hardcore Pilates's spacious studio—decked in gleaming wood and earth tones—motivation emanates from cheerful instructors and friendly classmates rather than from bitterly chanted mantras and tyrannical resolutions.
At Fyzical Pilates, experienced instructors assist students during Pilates Reformer classes. The full-body conditioning system improves flexibility, core strength, and posture through slowly but steadily building routines that focus on precision and flow. Bodies emerge from workouts more limber and with renewed physical energy, much like the Hulk performing yoga in front of a jeering audience. Classes, held every hour Monday–Saturday, benefit all body types, as well as both novice fitness-seekers and seasoned athletes. Fyzical Pilates's spacious studio furnishes Pilates equipment for both Reformer and mat classes.