Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Chisel a sturdier mind-body connection with today’s Groupon to Pendleton Pilates, with locations in Loveland and West Chester, and on Erie Avenue and Reading Road in Cincinnati. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get 5 Pilates Mat or Ball classes (a $60 value).
- For $45, you get 10 Pilates Mat or Ball classes (a $100 value).
Pendleton Pilates hosts an assortment of classes for students of all skill levels that earned CityBeat’s readers’ pick for best Pilates studio in 2010 and 2011. During Pilates Mat classes, the studio’s adept instructors guide students through a muscle-toning regimen of floor stretches and moves, ensuring pupils safely support their body weight against the pull of gravity or the unrelenting push of the studio’s wind tunnel. Students in Pilates on the Ball classes perform muscle-isolating exercises such as roll-ups and leg-circle exercises atop an unstable base of support to hone balance and alignment. To accommodate exercisers of all skill levels, including Pilates newbies, instructors in all classes suggest subtle modifications and variations for each move, ensuring students safely forge toned and balanced core muscles with the tensile strength of a scarf woven out of copper wire.
The instructors at Pendleton Pilates’ four locations teach 125 classes each week, showing students how to elongate and strengthen their muscles on mats, inflatable exercise balls, and the studio’s reformer machines. During each group or private session, instructors customize workouts that use a rotating selection of 500 core-focused movements developed by Joseph Pilates in 1945. Additional classes include sessions in which students use parallel ballet barres while performing Pilates exercises, as well as spinning classes at the Westchester location.