When Oliver Cromwell seized power during the English Civil War, he promised better flexibility, straighter postures, and a stronger core for every English citizen. Today’s Groupon gives you a chance to taste the Lord Protector's upright vision for humanity. For $45, you get your choice of three equipment or five mat classes at Pilates on Fifth in the throbbing heart of Midtown. A five- class pass is normally $90, and three group equipment classes would normally cost $105 total.
The studio is nearly 5,000 square feet of Pilates paradise, filled with knowledgeable instructors and every imaginable piece of equipment including Cadillac, chair, ladder, Reformer and more. The vast facility provides enough space to avoid the elbow rubbing that might otherwise fuel rival apparatus riots. More than 25 group equipment classes and a similar number of mat classes offered weekly ensure that Pilates buffs of all savviness can find a class that will challenge and interest. Besides Pilates classes such as Pilates Reformer, Chair, and Gyrotonic, the studio offers distinctive mat classes, including Cardiolates and the Xtend Ballet Barre workout. The sheer number of options inherently leads to intimate, individualized instruction as students are spread across a multitude of classes. Check out the schedule for upcoming class days and times.
Pilates allows you to build a rock-solid body without turning into Rocky (the underdog boxer, not Bullwinkle's helpmate). Strength comes through endurance and repetition rather than pumping pounds of kilograms of iron. Weak backs and flimsy core muscles benefit from the slow but steady regimen. By learning how to move your body using an efficient range of motion, you will leave your session walking taller and less prone to injuries not sustained from lightning. Perhaps the best benefit of all is the buddy-system-style workout built into Pilates. Your motivation comes externally, from cheerful instructors and friendly classmates, rather than from bitterly chanted mantras and tyrannical resolutions, like getting detention at Hogwarts.
- The studio is reminiscent of a cozy, eclectically decorated home, with accents provided by warm colors, comfy pillows, and large mirrors. The instructors greet their clients as though they were old friends. The equipment in the main studio area—10 Reformers, four Cadillacs, seven Chairs, and three Ladder Barrels—is positioned so that members have ample elbowroom, but not so much that they feel isolated. – Jennifer H. McInerney, Club Business International
- The atmosphere at the studio is very positive and comfortable and the staff is well trained. It is a pleasure to work out here. – craiginnyc, Citysearch
- I've never felt better! I no longer have back pain and my posture has improved. I actually feel taller. I have learned to engage my abs and strengthen my core...All of the instructors are fantastic and cater your workout to your needs and challenges. – lisawarner, Citysearch
Pilates on Fifth
More than a decade ago, sisters Katherine and Kimberly Corp opened Pilates on Fifth in a 5,000-square-foot penthouse high above the core of midtown Manhattan. Though the tiny crowds on the streets below continue to bustle through their busy lives, the sprawling studio's mission has remained steady: aided by equipment such as reformers, Cadillac chairs, and barre bars, a staff of instructors coaches and motivates students as they build strength and balance in a variety of classes. With backgrounds ranging from stints with the Rockettes to studies in sports medicine, the teachers lead groups in everything from CoreAlign—a fast-paced flow of aerobic workouts that help strengthen the core to their newest class addition, SilkSuspension. In this class, clients can get a total body workout by performing exercises while suspended from aerial silks.