More people than ever are living a sedentary lifestyle: waking up in their racecar beds, driving to work in their racecars, sitting for eight hours in the passenger seats of experimental racecars as men in lab coats slam them into concrete walls, and then driving home again. Race to fitness with today's Groupon: for $29, you get three Pilates barre classes (a $20 value/class), one reformer Pilates class (a $30 value), and a take-home workout (a $30 value) at Poise & Strength Pilates Studio (a $120 total value).
Poise & Strength's certified instructors school students in the controlled, coordinated calisthenics of Joseph Pilates. The Pilates barre class combines the fat-burning formula of interval training with muscle-sculpting isometric exercises, gingerly whittling bodies into statue-like poses. The exercise requires acute bursts of intensity and far-reaching stretches, producing high-caloric burn and firmer muscles. Reformer classes incorporate a sliding platform equipped with springs, pulleys, and accouterments such as the trapeze, Wunda chair, and fitness balls. Reformer classes corralling no more than four pupils per 60-minute session and barre classes enlightening no more than eight students per 45-minutes ensure personal attention. Everyone leaves class with a written 10-minute strength-and-flexibility routine to be done in their home fitness room, dining room, or conservatory.
Due to limited class size, reservations are required at this intimate mirrored studio, though owners Tiffany Crosswhite and Lauren Cross may add more classes to the schedule to bring stretch seekers satisfaction.
Poise & Strength Pilates
Tiffany Crosswhite’s journey toward becoming a Pilates instructor began, oddly enough, at the Ice Capades, where the lights, music, and graceful glides inspired her to pursue a career as a professional ice skater. As this career progressed, she eventually became a coach for young skaters, constantly hunting for a form of exercise that would help them grow stronger without harming their developing bodies. Thanks to a gift certificate given to her by her mother, Tiffany discovered Pilates and quickly fell in love with the low-impact, powerful-results exercise. In fact, she was so head over heels that she opened her own studio.
Beneath a fun, globular chandelier, Tiffany infuses her Pilates routines with conditioning exercises drawn from her years of figure-skating training. She, along with her team of passionate instructors, help students tighten core muscles using mat exercises and the fleet of Pilates machines that line the walls, which include Reformers, Wunda Chairs, and bionic replicas of Joseph Pilates himself.