Novelty shirts airbrushed with bikini-clad bodies provide the convincing, if temporary, illusion of fitness. Find a more permanent fitness solution with today's Groupon. For $49, you get five SPX group classes at Pilates Plus, a $155 value. Redeem your Groupon at either the Pasadena or Montrose location (all classes must be taken at the same location).
The SPX system works specifically to target hips and thighs and tighten the core by pushing the muscles to failure. You'll stretch and strengthen your muscles until the point of collapse, a proven method for developing a rock-hard middle. Developed by Pilates pro Sebastien Lagree, the intense, 40-minute classes will give even diehard gym rats speedy results and work the muscles harder than standard Pilates-based workouts. Sessions start as early as 5:30 a.m. and are offered every day. View a complete schedule and sign up here for the group class of your choosing.
Strength comes through endurance and repetition rather than pumping pounds of kilograms of iron. 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. Your motivation comes externally, from cheerful instructors and friendly classmates, rather than from bitterly chanted mantras and tyrannical resolutions.
- Once you try it, you can understand the hook that the Pilates Plus workout has on its followers. Besides providing consistent results through constant variety, the routines require focus, balance, coordination, strength and trust - trust that the Proformer, the self-contained workout station, will hold you in some of the unique moves and positions performed on this mesmerizing piece of equipment. – Yvette Craddock, Arizona Republic
- All the instructors I've had have all been really great--since only 10 people are allowed per class, you really get personal attention to make sure you're doing everything right. – Grace H.
- I consider this Pilates on steroids. I think it is a great workout and after several months have noticed a difference. – Phyllis H.
Wundabar Pilates Studio
Machines and hybrids line the room. Their creator, the mad scientist of fitness Amy (Sowers) Jordan, has transformed her passion for Pilates and a flair for engineering into the newest incarnation of the Pilates reformer, called the WundaFormer. The patented design combines a Pilates reformer, Wunda Chair, jump board, and ballet barre into a muscle-toning juggernaut that Amy uses in her intense, fast-paced workouts. Obsessed with efficiency, Amy designed the sessions to target as many muscles as possible in the shortest amount of time.
After creating the innovative machine, she took her show on the road, opening studios to showcase what the muscle-sculpting apparatus could do. She now helms a passionate group of certified instructors who lead small groups of 10 guests at a time through the routine.