Although Joseph Pilates is known for his eponymous exercise method, his original goal was to intimidate his gardener into trimming the roses. Readjust your own body with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a four-class pass at Madison Pilates, located in Fitchburg (a $120 value).
Madison Pilates' equipment classes subject clients to the full range of body-lengthening, muscle-toning, and core-rocking Pilates disciplines. The entry-level classes are group-based learning experiences that expose students to traditional Pilates machines, teaching them how to properly use each piece of equipment for effective exercise and ineffective bratwurst preparation. Exercises include the Reformer, Wunda chair, spine corrector, and springboard, each aimed at increasing strength and improving posture. With entry-level group classes, students get the support of a group, the expert instruction of an experienced teacher, and the sense of Broadway showmanship whenever a rep is successfully completed. For those who catch the Pilates bug, this Groupon also entitles students to 50% off one private session with any of Madison Pilates' instructors.
For a demonstration of what's in store and a preview of Madison Pilates' sparkly new studio, check out the demo video. The wooden floors, high ceilings, and abundance of natural light make for an inspiring body-beautification setting, and the free parking accommodates cars with the same graceful ease. You must call to book your classes.
Madison Pilates’s owner, Marissa Lins, founded her studio to nurture a supportive fitness community for students of all levels, including those who aspire to become Pilates teachers themselves. The staff of comprehensively trained instructors leads a schedule of beginner to advanced classes with a therapeutic approach, taking time to encourage and guide students through verbal cues, hands-on instruction, exercise demonstration, and professional-quality semaphore.
During newbie-friendly Pilates sessions, teachers introduce the basics of floor-based mat work, where pupils support their body weight themselves, and the fundamentals of spring-resisted equipment workouts, where apparatuses such as the Pilates Reformer and the Wunda chair resist or support students’ movements to add strength-building benefits. Students in the intermediate- and advanced-level classes incorporate more demanding Pilates techniques while learning to monitor their own form during each smoothly controlled movement. In addition to group sessions, the teachers also lead private lessons for attendees seeking one-on-one instruction or help with their income-tax paperwork. Nestled amid a bouquet of towering oak trees, the Madison Pilates studio boasts a practice space with gleaming, wood floors and ceilings that are high enough to accommodate Paul Bunyan's coat rack.