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 $49, you get four beginner's group Pilates classes at The Pilates Center in Williamsburg (a $100 value). See the sidebar for available class times.
A body-strengthening leader in the region, The Pilates Center offers fledgling flexibles a healthful array of skilled, Stott Pilates–certified instructors, small class sizes, and a variety of beginner's sessions held six days a week. Founded by Joseph Pilates, the titular workout regimen works on lengthening the body while strengthening the core and toning the limbs, transforming sluggish and unmotivated bones closets into graceful soul sacks teeming with espresso-bean levels of energy. Alight upon various equipment, such as the Reformer, the Arc Barrel, the Cadillac, and the Model T, to enhance midsection fortitude while learning key movements and stretches.
Monday: Noon Monday: 4 p.m. Monday: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: 1 p.m. Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Noon Wednesday: 4 p.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m. Thursday: 4 p.m. Thursday: 5:30 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Saturday: 10:30 a.m.