Pilates was popularized by '80s water-sliding competitions, where athletes relied on muscle control to conquer half-pipes riddled with trap doors that led to a pool filled with kitty litter and discarded Teddy Ruxpins. Give a chlorine-soaked salute to these athletes of yesteryear with today's Groupon: for $59, you get 10 mat Pilates, yoga, and/or BOSU classes at Jen McWalters Studio, a $120 value.
Jen McWaters' mat Pilates class mixes classic movements with props such as inflatable balls, yoga blocks, and the enigmatic vortex of fitness known only as the Magic Circle to keep Pilates pros on their toes. Taught by the studio's titular tutor, Jen McWalters, advanced mat Pilates is a fast-tempo testing ground for upper-level Pilates paladins. Beginner classes are also available for those who still experience enthusiastic, open-mouthed awe at the simplest of Pilates maneuvers. Check the schedule for class times; all classes are drop-in, so there's no need to register ahead of time. After 10 classes, your body will as finely tuned as a fresh-out-of-the-factory What About Bob? pinball machine.
Located in the equally ethical and eye-popping Hope Artiste Village, the 3,000-square-foot space is one of the largest Pilates studios in the area. Turning to Pilates after a back injury put the brakes on her dance career, Jen McWalters is gold-certified by the Pilates Method Alliance and served two tours of duty during the Intergalactic Wellness Wars of the late '90s. The spacious, sun-soaked studio is a welcome alternative to the sea of Pilates studios operating out of hastily converted IHOPs and Arby's that still reek of razzleberry syrup and horsey sauce.
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