Growing levels of complacency in the body politic have led to a decline in constitution building and group-resistance exercises such as squat-ins, million-mile marches, and tea crate bench-presses. Today's Groupon gives us something to fight for: for $49, you get one private class and five group classes at Pilates Sports Center in Encino (up to a $170 value).
Cofounded by a chiropractor and a professional dancer, Pilates Sports Center combines techniques from classical and progressive Pilates philosophies, physical therapy, and modern fitness training to offer holistically healthy workouts for every fitness level. Guests can customize their private Pilates session to their own strengthening and rehabilitation goals and Rocky montage sequences with one of PSC's qualified instructors.
Energized group sessions include a range of Pilates-based and cardio workouts executed in the natural light of a spacious studio. Pilates mat classes implement springboards, bands, foam rollers, and light weights into resistance exercises that bolster bone density and core correction. Vinyasa yoga classes offer peaceful posing to re-center off-kilter bodies, and a unique barre class employs the ballet bar to sculpt and tone limbs while preserving knees and lower backs. Classes, available mornings, evenings, and weekends, generally run for 50 minutes and must be used within two months of activation.
Pilates Sports Center
When Andromeda Stevens and Kelli Altounian founded Pilates Sports Center, they set out to create a studio that eschewed run-of-the-mill Pilates routines. To achieve this, they gathered a team of experienced fitness and Juilliard-trained dance instructors who teach a variety of inventive fitness classes, including Burn at the Barre, which uses a ballet barre and light weights to tone muscle, and Stretch & Stamina, which blends cardiovascular and endurance-training routines. In addition to offering reflexology, chiropractic, and physical-therapy treatments, Pilates Sports Center is home to a teacher-training program that nurtures aspiring Pilates and Burn at the Barre instructors.