Stay ahead of your curves as we zoom into ice-cream season. For $30, today's Groupon gets you five drop-in fitness classes (a $65 value) at Pilates +. Located on McCausland off the McCausland exit of Highway 40, Pilates + lets you reap the fruits of your tax dollars and make up for last year's lost highway bonding time in the pursuit of fitness.
Choose any of the studio's drop-in classes, including Pilates mat, yoga, Nia, whole-body conditioning, and Zumba (classes are continually changing). Whether fusing philosophy to fitness in Nia (a cardio combo of dance, deceptively deadly tai chi, and martial arts) or following the controlled fundamentals of Pilates in a mat class, your whole body will gain confidence, boost its strength and stamina, and stay active even in the chilly winter months when it begins to snow chili. Check the schedule for class times.
Working out with others motivates you to push yourself harder, helps you stick to a regimen, and gives you the opportunity to bond with new friends over comparisons of sweatiness. The friendly instructors at Pilates + make each class fun and invigorating. They break down choreography and fitness moves for beginners and use their hawklike eyes to spot sloppy form and potentially harmful stances, such as hyper-extended cobra and running with a corkscrew. Whether you're a fitness model, a workout novice, or a fitness novice at a gymnastic nunnery, your experienced and caring instructors will work up a challenge for your mind and body.
You must complete all five classes within three months of your first class.
Yoga Journal features the Pilates + in its yogic tour of the city:
- Students in yoga, Pilates, and other movement classes benefit from the wisdom of experienced teachers at this spacious four-room studio in the heart of the trendy University City Loop. The owner, Karen Prechtl, has been involved in dance and fitness for more than 25 years, and along with her colleagues, offers classes in Ashtanga, Kripalu, and Kundalini Yoga as well as massage. – Aimee Dowl, Yoga Journal
The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis
When thinking of gym equipment, most people imagine whirring treadmills and racks of free weights. The names of Pilates machines are more innocuous—chair and barrel, for example—but to the uninitiated, these tools might seem more like pieces in an art gallery. Thankfully, the certified instructors at The Pilates and Yoga Center of St. Louis help to demystify them. They guide clients through exercises that enlist the gliding platform of the Reformer, or the malleable ring that is the Magic Circle, hosting group and private classes for all skill levels.
Owner Karen Prechtl and her team ease new clients into a Pilates practice by customizing their guidance and keeping class sizes small. They emphasize the importance of breath work, proper form, and body awareness during each lesson, helping students to achieve a leaner, more bendable physique without simply telling them to "be the rubber band." For those who prefer a highly personalized approach, one-on-one training utilizes weights, kettlebells, and mat-based floor exercises in addition to the Pilates equipment.