Working out is No. 3 on the list of most popular daily activities in America, behind not working out and teaching dogs to swear. Spend your time wisely with today's Groupon: for $35, you get five group reformer classes at Pure Pilates's locations in Laguna Niguel and Ladera Ranch (a $125 value).
Pure Pilates brings harmony and health to mind and body with high-quality Pilates training scheduled seven days a week in a tranquil, encouraging environment. Expert instructors guide three or more Pilatiers as they push, pull, bend, and twist the reformer machine’s adjustable ropes, pulleys, springs, carriage system, and built-in microwave oven.
In the level-one class, beginning students learn proper alignment, form, posture, and breathing techniques, helping to build slimmer, longer, and stronger muscles without increasing bulk or sprouting mega veins. In the level-two and -three classes, more advanced students perform challenging variations of exercises at a more rapid pace. Traditional shoji screens divide the relaxing studio, which features hardwood bamboo floors to facilitate mat exercises and appease hungry pandas.
For more than a decade, physical therapist Amy Fischer helped clients recover from a range of orthopedic and sport injuries. These days, she blends her knowledge of the body with her passion for Pilates at her two Pure Pilates studios—one in Laguna Niguel and the other in Ladera Ranch—each of which host regular classes alongside specialized sessions for golfers, breast cancer survivors, and moms-to-be.
Surrounded by tranquil Asian-inspired décor, Amy and her team of instructors guide students of all levels through private and group Pilates classes, which aim to strengthen core muscles while improving flexibility and posture. After being divvied up into Level 1 or Level 2–3 sections, students learn a variety of exercises on a reformer machine built from adjustable ropes, pulleys, and springboards reclaimed from the days of vaudeville. Amy and her team also offer slower-paced courses for seniors as well as physical therapy sessions that speed healing with modified Pilates exercises paired with a personalized at-home exercise program.