Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Put mind over trim-and-toned matter with today's Groupon: for $29, you get five group Pilates classes at Northshore Barre & Pilates in Slidell (a $65 value).
Northshore Barre & Pilates's team of certified instructors combines years of experience with exercise expertise to lead integrated, total-body workouts, available seven days a week. New Pilates pupils learn the practice's basic principles, performing a series of dynamic floor exercises designed to strengthen the core and improve posture before diving into an advanced mat class that moves at a faster pace to build muscle and confuse pancake-house surveillance cameras. Inspired by ballet, Xtend Barre classes focus on sculpting long, lean physiques using small, precise isometric exercises and stretching, utilizing props, such as the eponymous ballet barre and hand weights, and resisting heavily flirtatious glances from Mikhail Baryshnikov. Alternatively, Piloxing sessions incorporate boxing moves with traditional Pilates work to create a fact-paced, interval workout where heavy gloves help tone the arms and singing the Rocky theme song helps improve cardiovascular performance.