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 $29, you get ten classes at Pilates Bodywork in Davis (a $120 value).
The mat mavens at Pilates Bodywork lead group fitness classes that expand on basic Pilates principles by incorporating vigorous weight training, balance moves, stretching, and core work. During each class, instructors catch complacent muscles off guard by cycling through exercises that challenge the entire body at a quick, consistent pace. As when they're bitten by radioactive spiders, bodies can be become leaner, stronger, and better able to scale skyscrapers while wearing spandex. The hour-long sweat sessions take place seven days a week, and the studio holds three class levels—lite, basic, and Beowulf—to accommodate students of all abilities.
The sunny studio glows with natural light and lemon-hued walls, and a springy floor cushions skeletons with an inch of foam padding underneath flexible plywood. Typical yoga clothes, a bottle of water, and the determination of a hungry bear are recommended for class, and mats are provided.
While Pilates Bodywork does offer some discounts for students, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
Pilates for Bodies
The signature workouts at Pilates for Bodies stretch "beyond the core" with dynamic group routines that blend strength training with aerobic conditioning. The instructors helm a lively regimen for full-body toning, segueing through fast-paced maneuvers such as snap crunches and pelvis pushups to engage the entire muscular system. Students practice atop sprung, joint-friendly floors as sunlight illuminates the brightly painted yellow and blue walls and destroys any vampires masquerading as regular people. With three levels of class difficulty, ranging from just a little difficult to challenging, they can test their physical limits from the safety of their respective comfort zones.
355 Second St.
Davis, California 95616