When Aaron Neville Chamberlain seized power during the English Civil War, he promised better flexibility, straighter postures, and a stronger core for every English citizen. Today’s Groupon gives you a chance to taste the perfection of history: for $40, you get five mat or three equipment classes at Second Story Pilates in Agoura Hills.
Second Story Pilates, the 2009 CityVoter Best Pilates Studio in Los Angeles, empowers its students to explore movement and fitness with non-traditional exercise methods. The flowing postures and motions of mat Pilates and flexibility-promoting equipment exercises of traditional reformer Pilates slenderize the body, strengthening without bulk and toning limbs, cores, and other extraneous body parts. Slim down and bend up with the low-impact mat classes ($20 per class) or experience the more intense workout of the reformer ($25 per class), wall ($30 per class), or gyrotonic tower sessions ($30 per class). All forms of Pilates promote a strong core; improve balance, flexibility, circulation, and overall health; and help correct posture. Consult one of Second Story's instructors to determine which fitness form is right for you, or decide by flipping a coin or playing the instructor in a game of Monopoly.
Second Story's hardwood floors and open spaces foster comfortable workouts. The studio pulls dualistic double-duty by providing a private, intimate space and a warm, welcoming atmosphere at the same time, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that the building is haunted by the ghosts of Pat Boone.
CityVoters awarded Second Story Pilates First Place in 2009 for Best Pilates Studio in Los Angeles. Here's what they have to say: