Powerful muscles allow the human body to perform seemingly superhuman feats, from beating cats in a footrace to sitting up in bed the instant the alarm goes off. Schedule a heroic workout with today's Groupon: for $48, you get a free introduction class and three Pilates reformer classes at Pilates Reforming New York (up to a $96 value), located on First Avenue, Lexington Avenue, West 39th Street, and West 42nd Street.
Pilates Reforming New York's dedicated instructors engage cores and minds aided by reformer machines designed to make rigid Pilates forms healthy and repeatable. After registering online, new students explore safe exercise operations in the introductory class, adjusting to the reformer's whirring gears, resistance pulls and unblinking segmented eyes. After besting the basics, students graduate to level-one courses, developing core power by enforcing correct Pilates posture that eliminates damaging muscle compensation or abnormal torque. Abdominals strain as all four limbs flow gracefully through repeated patterns calibrated to engage the torso or conduct two orchestras at once. Courses run multiple times every day, and Groupon holders must attend their three classes over the course of one month.
Pilates Reforming NY
Ann Kamhi Toran credits Pilates practice with saving her dancing career. After a major back injury threatened her ability to continue performing, Ann devoted herself to Pilates, and the exercises helped rehabilitate her body so effectively that she was eventually promoted to soloist after recovering. Although she stopped professionally dancing more than 20 years ago, Ann still practices Pilates daily.
Ann’s husband, Dr. Errol Toran, also is a believer in the rejuvenating capabilities of Pilates, and he suggested it to his chiropractic patients, incorporating the exercises into their physical rehabilitation. Together, Ann and Dr. Toran decided to create a studio that shared these benefits with the general public, introducing the time-honored exercise techniques that improve posture and build lean, toned muscles.
The studio boasts four locations throughout the New York area, each featuring an arsenal of traditional Pilates equipment. The signature apparatus, the Reformer, generates gentle resistance with a system of springs, pulleys, and miniature black holes. Students push and pull against this resistance while performing sequences of relatively simple movements that require unwavering mental focus to maintain the ideal technique and alignment. By emphasizing controlled, quality movements over flailing your body against a boulder, Pilates exercises can evenly tone muscles across the entire body, with a particular emphasis on the core muscle groups.
Ann and Dr. Toran encourage their instructors to take initiative when leading classes and tailor the pacing or sequence to accommodate students, but each studio does host sessions for particular skill levels. Introductory and Level 1 classes work to develop form and technique, whereas the more advanced sessions begin to include modified exercises or long-division flashcards to ensure a more challenging workout.