In the Victorian era, people made their cores look tight by wearing corsets, which doubled as bulletproof vests during pistol duels. Strengthen your core until it's naturally impervious to bullets instead with today's Groupon: for $39, you get three drop-in Pilates classes at The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis in Ladue (a $105 value).
A boutique studio, The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis instructs students of all ability levels in the stretchy, strengthening arts of Joseph Pilates. Owner Karen Prechtl's faculty of experienced instructors guides pupils through the paces of core conditioning and body toning, all without resorting to outdated fitness techniques like competitive hot-dog eating. Mat classes perform postures upon foamy floor coverings, and Tower classes incorporate the wall unit for extra stretching assistance. The Reformer machine reaches deep into the anatomy's attic, aligning underused muscles and giving dusty weak spots a workout.
Unlike the 500-person jazzercise lectures at college, the 55-minute group classes at The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis are small and provide ample individual attention. Check the schedule for times and days, and call ahead to reserve your spot. With mirrored walls, the simple, airy studio space inspires healthy self-improvement as well as a novel understanding of a pretzel's daily life.
Yoga Journal mentioned the Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis:
- Students in yoga, Pilates, and other movement classes benefit from the wisdom of experienced teachers – Aimee Dowl, Yoga Journal