Pilates strengthens your abs and back, reduces neck and shoulder tension, and improves flexibility. If you practice Pilates, your spine will become so flexible, you'll be able to scratch your nose with the back of your foot and make your shoulder blades clap (the method of applause Pilates founder Joseph Pilates preferred during his speaking gigs). Mind-BodyFitness is a Pilates studio, not a gym, so there are no membership fees, no exercise equipment to wipe down, and no sick-looking muscle dudes who are obviously juicing. If you're one of those guys, we recommend going to the Pontius Pilates Gym and Juicery.
Pilates will increase your flexibility and balance. It will also help you overcome muscular challenges, such as the inability to rhythmically flex your pectorals to a techno beat, and postural problems, such as the inability to sit perfectly upright through the entirety of a Godfather trilogy weekend marathon on USA while consuming one can of Pringles per movie. To take advantage of the numerous physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of Pilates for a fraction of the cost, keep reading for info about a huge discount on classes at Mind-BodyFitness.
With today's Groupon, get five Pilates mat classes (a $75 value) at Mind-BodyFitness for only $30 (that's 60% off). This isn't your typical introductory class discount, but a complete package of five classes designed to show you real results. At just $6 per class, it's a no-brainer.
Mind-BodyFitness founder Karla Adams, a former professional classical dancer (and holder of too many fitness certifications to comfortably list in this sentence), has a unique take on fitness and Pilates: "I view the mind, body, and soul as one connected unit. I believe a workout that doesn't engage your mind and soul is only half a workout." Mind-BodyFitness's 45-minute Pilates mat classes consist of a series of exercises that echo Adams’s philosophy—focus on the mind and soul while simultaneously strengthening and stretching your muscles and core, improving posture, and building flexibility.
To redeem your Groupon, stop by the studio at 1209 10th St. Rear NW (it's the building with the green wall). If you drive, there's no parking in the alley, but the surrounding streets are fair game. Or take the green or yellow Metro line to the Mount Vernon station and follow these walking directions.
Since Mind-BodyFitness is relatively new, Yelp reviews are thin—like one-person thin. But that lone person enthusiastically gave it a perfect five-star rating and this glowing write-up:
- “I have taken pilates at multiple other studios (university, smaller, larger) and this is by far the best instruction I have experienced. Chris is incredibly attentive even during the 6:45 a.m. class, and helps each and every student to perfect the moves he demonstrates. Taking pilates elsewhere, there have been times when I seemed to do all the moves but never quite felt the pay-off, and this is decidedly not the case at Mind-Body Fitness. You will feel this workout, and in the process, you will gain a real understanding of pilates form." - Jeanne-Marie J.