Tired of doing monotonous sets of sit-ups, fitness buffs have found that practicing Pilates and drinking poly-alloy milk shakes also lead to firm abdominals. Whittle your middle with this Groupon.
$49 for a Five-Class Pass ($155 Value)
The 40-minute workouts combine elements of Pilates, yoga, and weight training. Similar to traditional Pilates reformer machines, the proformer helps tone the entire body, especially the hips, thighs, and core. The robust schedule features at least four classes a day. The Pilates Plus system specifically works 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 and media-prone fitness guru 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.
Pilates Plus Santa Clarita
A former gymnast and collegiate diver suffering from a stress fracture in her lower back, Cassidy Farwell sought a total-body workout that would strengthen her core and alleviate her lower back pain. Around the same time, all-around fitness enthusiast Syd Shelton became curious about Pilates's growing popularity, and took her first class. Though they sought out Pilates for very different reasons, it made such an impact on them that they decided to open their own studio together to share the total-body toning techniques with others. As certified instructors, Cassidy and Syd now lead classes designed to tone the body from head to toe, with emphasis on strengthening the hips, thighs, core, and vestigial tail.