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- mat-class pass for first-timers is normally $90, and three group equipment classes would normally cost $105 total.
The studio is over 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. – 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