Newfound awareness of one's own body can bring improved coordination, helping tightrope walkers effortlessly traverse a rope strung tautly over a pit of lonely professional baseball players. Concentrate to avoid having to talk about ERAs with today's Groupon: for $99, you get three private Pilates training sessions at Pilates at Quads in Lakeview (up to a $210 value). Classes are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pilates at Quads' veteran Pilates instructor Cathern Vaccaro brings flexibility, strength, and body awareness to clients with a wide range of ages, conditions, and abilities. The Pilates method restores muscular balance, improves posture, and increases coordination using specially designed equipment. A Romanas Pilates–certified instructor leads each 50- to 55-minute private session (or shorter—length of sessions vary depending on the discretion of the instructor), teaching novices to bridge the divide between corpus and cranium, actively concentrate on their movements, and strengthen important core muscles, such as the oblique or chortum, through mat work and use of the Reformer and Wunda chair. Pilates sessions conform to the needs, abilities, and health issues of each client, building an effective exercise regimen for any prospective student. See the FAQ section for more Pilates-related information.
Pilates at Quads
Pilates at Quads' head instructor, Cathern Vaccaro, earned her Romana's certification after 600 hours of apprenticeship, instructional seminars, and written exams, which proved her meticulous knowledge of the muscle-elongating exercise. Prior to her immersion in Pilates, Vaccaro taught dance for 20 years, also leading injury and surgery rehabilitation workouts. During intense group and private classes, Vaccaro emphasizes the mental and physical work that builds longer, leaner muscles and powerful cores ready to compete in international hula-hoop tournaments. The teacher’s passion for excellence comes across in her strict limit of four students per workshop, rooms stocked with Gratz machines, and forearm tattoos of famous motivational speakers.