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What You'll Get
In the Victorian era, people made their cores look tight by wearing corsets, which doubled as bulletproof vests during pistol duels. Strengthen your core until it's naturally impervious to bullets instead with today's Groupon: for $49, you get one private lesson and one small-group class (either Tower or Reformer, a value of up to $115) at Pilates Space Florida in Boca Raton.
Pilates Space Florida uses premium equipment and expert instruction to help students achieve new levels of health and well-being. Take your first leap down the Slip 'N Slide to fitness with a one-on-one training session (an $80 value), which draws upon the studio's huge assortment of apparatuses and equipment, all of which can be explained, demonstrated, and checked for monsters by your personal calorie-zapping companion. Tower ($30) and Reformer classes ($35)—which are limited to four and three students apiece, respectively—work the unfitness out of bodies with the same fervor as the private lessons but allow students to intersperse their huffs and puffs with juicy gossip about the weather. The grand marshals of each Pilates parade are instructors that have undergone a certification program of at least 600–1,200 hours, ensuring each has the knowledge and skills to turn meager meat suits into finely tuned flesh machines.
All Pilates Space Florida's corpus-cultivating classes take place within the confines of its cheerful studio space, which sports bright colors, hardwood floors, and plenty of natural light imported directly from the mega-factory on the surface of the sun. The studio also prevents bodies from sulking moodily after each challenging workout by bribing them with complimentary aromatherapy, bottled water, and a coffee and tea bar.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must activate by 10/20/11. New clients only. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. 24-hour cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Pilates Space Florida
A Romana’s Pilates certification is more than just a piece of paper. Named after Romana Kryzanowska, the hand-chosen protégé of Joseph Pilates, it reflects a tireless dedication to continued Pilates education and total mastery over the sport's mat exercises and varied equipment. Studying under Romana Kryzanowska herself, Pilates Space Florida owner Kerstin Korzekwa tallied the requisite 700 hours of training to receive her certification in only six months, adding it to a resumé that includes master's degrees in both physical education and dance performance.
Though Korzekwa doesn’t credit her previous career as a dancer and choreographer for her quick mastery of Pilates, it did provide her with an acute understanding of how the sport can benefit dancers, athletes, and everyday exercisers alike. Pilates gently conditions the body with a series of moves that shape and strengthen the core and tone the body without adding bulk. The routine—often aided by equipment such as a Reformer, chair, tower, or repurposed taffy pull—can also help practitioners to lengthen their limbs and straighten fatigued spines, and with continued practice, many note that they sleep better, stand straighter, and have more endurance.