Before Pilates, those looking to tighten their core were forced to exercise at six times normal gravity inside high-speed centrifuges, hoping the excessive speed would simply fling the fat off. Strengthen your body in elegant, non-centripetal fashion with today's Groupon: for $50, you get 10 mat classes at Pilates on the Lake (a $130 value). Though most classes are held at the primary location in Pewaukee, Pilates on the Lake extends occasional instruction to studios in Wales and Milwaukee's University Club Tower.
Pilates on the Lake's mat classes, conducted with nothing but a polished wood floor, a mat, and a lot of super-motivating eye contact, are currently available throughout the week in its airy, well-lit studios. Across 10 classes, you'll be able to stretch to the limit that suits your level of experience—beginner, intermediate, or advanced. The beginner classes encompass the basics of Pilates, lay the foundation for lifelong strength, and prepare you for more advanced resistance work. Intermediate-level classes demand a brisker pace similar to that of a prize-winning racehorse being towed by an Indy car, an established understanding of transitions, and the core strength to keep your abdominals from detaching from your body. If you don't reach the advanced level within 10 classes, don't sweat it, because you'll probably sweat plenty regardless.
All of Pilates on the Lake's instructors are certified in Pilates instruction and attentive to the individual needs of muscles and their masters. Pilates classes help anyone improve their whole health, from muscle to mind, and no fitness experience is necessary. It's never too late to avert the fate that befell the semi-gelatinous blobfish.
Pilates on the Lake was voted Best Pilates Studio in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by CityVoters. Here's what they've said:
The Movement Center
Ronda Arndorfer began exploring Pilates in 2001 at the age of 40, when she was trying to recover from the multiple running injuries she incurred while training for her first marathon. Her rehabilitation was so successful that she decided to learn how to share the experience with others. She became a certified Pilates instructor and—after opening a studio out of her home—eventually founded The Movement Center, a place where students can restore both body and mind in a positive, lighthearted environment. Arndorfer continues to attend workshops and teacher trainings with master instructors throughout the country. This exposure has allowed the Movement Center to offer multiple Teacher Training Programs ranging from Pilates, yoga, and barre to the benefit of her own staff members as well as the local movement community.
Arndorfer's passion for movement has paid off: the center has been featured in numerous television and magazine media outlets and was voted the Best Pilates Studio by CityVoter in 2009, 2010, and 2011. They have also garnered praise from a slew of local media outlets. In addition to traditional yoga and Pilates classes, the crew offers innovative and challenging techniques such as aerial yoga—in which students "float" on a trapeze-like swing—and yoga performed on open water using a standup paddleboard. Barre classes require students to hold onto a ballet barre or the outstretched arm of a handsome stranger while strengthening muscles with a mix of yoga- and Pilates-inspired moves.
The center's team includes massage therapists, a nutritionist, and a physical therapist and certified Feldenkrais practitioner who continue the healing that begins within each class. They also offer childcare for guests' convenience.