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 $59, you get five group Pilates reformer classes at Lifestyle Pilates, held at Inspired Fitness Gym in Petaluma (a $140 value).
Lifestyle Pilates owner Gretchen Iniguez helps students achieve toned, flexible physiques during 55-minute machine-based Pilates classes. Nestled inside Inspired Fitness Gym, the modern Pilates facility houses specialized reformer machines with spring-loaded resistance that carve limbs into strong, sturdy branches for roosting owls. During each session, instructors guide students through a series of efficient moves designed to work several parts of the body at once, with emphasis placed on bolstering the core, back, thigh, and self-esteem muscles.
An experienced gymnastics instructor and fitness enthusiast, Gretchen Iniguez firmly believes a fit body leads to a happy life. The seasoned personal trainer discovered Pilates in 2005, instantly falling in love with the way it strengthened her core muscles, improved her flexibility, and uplifted her spirits. She trained for years in the Pilates practices and is certified to teach pre- and postnatal clients and clients with scoliosis, injuries, or pathologies. Since the opening of her own studio, Gretchen has continued her education, earning certifications in holistic health coaching from the Institute for Interactive Nutrition (IIN), Comprehensive Pilates from Body Arts and Science International (BASI), and Balanced Body Barre instruction.
Within Lifestyle Pilates's sunny and spacious facility, Gretchen conducts Pilates classes for men and women of all athletic abilities. She guides students through lively strength-training exercises using a variety of equipment, including spring-loaded resistance machines, hand weights, and exercise balls. Gretchen strives to motivate her students by keeping workouts fresh and engaging, providing constant encouragement, and screaming onomatopoeias when it looks like they're getting tired.