Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Get in the fitness game with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get four beginner or intermediate Reformer classes at Propel Pilates & Fitness in Rancho Bernardo (a $140 value).
Voted Best Pilates Studio in the Union-Tribune ’s 2011 San Diego’s Best Awards, Propel Pilates & Fitness leads a lineup of Pilates classes that fortify core muscles, promote flexibility, and teach students about healthy movement and posture. Expert trainers learn each client’s name during Reformer sessions, where spring-powered Allegro Tower of Power Reformers use resistance to transform bodies into strong, lean movement machines or beautifully chiseled marble statues. Ideal for students of all skill sets, Reformer exercises can be modified to accommodate specific goals and injuries, and low-impact movements relax minds and engender sweat with tools such as wunda chairs, BOSU balls, and resistance bands. In addition to bolstering stamina and joint mobility, Reformer classes can help improve athletic performance and prevent osteoporosis. Visit the studio’s FAQ page for additional details about the history of Pilates training, the purpose of the workouts, and the equipment’s ability to break dance.
With two registered dietitians, metabolic-testing equipment, and an online nutrition-support system, Propel also develops weight-loss programs that pair tummy-tightening exercises with proven slimming tips (weight-loss package not included with the Groupon). The light, airy studio opens to a courtyard flanked by both a local wine bar and beer garden, inviting clients to toast their accomplishments after class rather than shouting them through a megaphone at dawn.
Propel Pilates & Fitness recommends that new clients complete three to five one-on-one training sessions before their first Reformer class.