Achieving flat abs is no easy task, as hypnotizing muscles into believing they are pancakes only lasts so long. Tone bellies the smart way with today's Groupon: for $29, you get eight Pilates mat classes at Lift Pilates in Davis (a $120 value).
Named one of CityVoter's Top Five Pilates Studios for 2011, Lift Pilates strengthens core muscles and sleekifies physiques with engaging exercise classes. Lift instructors have earned their six-pack stripes through the prestigious Stott Pilates education and certification program, preparing them to cosset precious torsos while promoting the flexibility, impeccable posture, and graceful movement of an enchanted pipe cleaner. Spine and tummy tutelage take place in one-hour group mat classes that aim to tone bodies, improve endurance, and build a barricade of muscles to protect spines from injuries and everyday hexes. Belt-strangled middles enjoy freedom of movement inside the airy, 1,500-square-foot eco-studio, outfitted with a bamboo desk, cork floor, and other sustainable materials incorporated throughout. Check the schedule for class times.
Laura Cotler and her staff at Lift Pilates specialize in the Stott method, a contemporary take on Pilates that helps improve exercisers' athletic performance and spinal curvature. Students can learn the peculiarities of the method—for example, the Stott method doesn't always stress keeping your back flat—during Reformer and Mat classes that can accommodate individuals and small groups alike. To complement the exercises, Cotler and company also schedule full-body workouts such as Yoga Sculpt and Barre Sculpt. Thanks to the staff's expertise, the selection of classes, and the studio's equipment, Lift was voted Best Pilates Studio in 2012 by KCRA 3's A-List.