To gain the skills of flight, pilots must familiarize themselves with aeronautic protocol, master proper pivoting maneuvers, and cultivate bicep-intensive wing flapping. Summon the strength for soaring with today's Groupon: for $65, you get four reformer sessions ($220 value) at IM=X Pilates Studio on Madison Avenue.
IM=X Pilates Studio caters to fitness fanatics and common citizens alike with an updated take on the classic Pilates workout that fuses muscle toning exercises with strength and cardiovascular training. Students train on patented IM=X reformer machines, ultramodern exercise boards that utilize a system of levers and pulleys to ramp up resistance for powerful workouts and an immersive introduction to the world of pyramid construction. There are many different reformer class session choices, each focusing on a particular area and technique, such as upper-body bulking, abdomen aggrandizing, or tennis-shoulder superstructuring. The variety of courses, as well as the increasingly challenging routines, keeps bodies from slipping into boredom. Besides pumping up hearts and molding muscles, IM=X also bolsters backs to cultivate lumbar support, making them less liable to aches and strains. Call ahead to schedule your sessions.
IM=X Pilates grew from the seeds of Elyse McNergney’s experience: her master’s degrees in movement science and exercise physiology, her certifications in the Pilates method and the Alexander Technique, and her experience rehabilitating athletes who thought they could tackle a goal post. Drawing from this knowledge, she devised a series of innovative resistance and cardio workouts that challenge the body while still strengthening the core in traditional Pilates fashion. This method has been lauded by many press outlets, including Self magazine, which says it will “strengthen the muscles surrounding your hips and lower spine . . . probably the most important thing you can do to make your stomach look flatter.” Alongside its Pilates focus, the studio also hosts sessions inspired by yoga, ballet barre, and indoor cycling.
Midtown South Central
265 Madison Ave.
Manhattan, New York 10016