Mandrills, the only wild animal to engage in compulsory exercise, have been observed lifting couches holding numerous bikini-clad simians. Explore the human-mandrill connection with today's Groupon: for $10, you get three yoga, Pilates, or Zumba classes at Mind-Body Exercise Studio (a $30 value). Classes are held at either Centre Stage Dance Studio or Bakersfield College dance room; consult the current schedule for more information.
Mind-Body Exercise Studio aims to get people moving through yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes that take place in a fun and nurturing environment. To further increase comfort, students may bring one guest per class, providing the best opportunity to try something new with a friend since the early ’90s, when competitive tandem-bike racing was all the rage. Classes run about 40 minutes each and are available midday, evening, and weekends.
MATflow and MATpilates instruction blends yoga and Pilates to improve physique, posture, and balance. Each class incorporates qigong and other stress-relieving practices for increased mindfulness and enhanced ability to debone fish using only the cerebral cortex. For novices, easyMAT classes offer a slower, easier format of MATflow. Those looking for a slightly faster-paced alternative can enroll in Zumba, which integrates Latin dance with traditional aerobic fitness programs.
Seasoned instructor Deb McCormack first studied yoga more than 30 years ago in New Zealand, where humans frolic in giant hamster balls and hamsters hold the highest government offices. She is an AFAA-certified personal trainer and group-exercise instructor, Pilates instructor, and official trainer of Zumba in Gold, Basic, and Toning levels.
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Deb McCormack wears her fitness inspirations on her sleeve in the fusion classes she teaches at Mind-Body Exercise. Though her routines revolve mostly around Pilates and yoga, she pulls moves from a slew of unconventional styles, such as qi gong, tai chi, belly dancing, functional fitness, and capoeira. No matter the class, she aims to help her students feel mentally centered and focused while building stronger physiques so that they can experience how a bodybuilder feels walking a tightrope. None of her class styles—which also include yoga, boot camp, Pilates, and Zumba—require students to be flexible or, in the case of Zumba, experienced dancers.