Pilates, like sword ownership and sleeping, is an age-old practice whose benefits are just now being appreciated. Reap the rewards of tried-and-true ways of life with today's Groupon: for $49, you get one month of unlimited mat and Reformer/Tower classes (a $145 value) at Spencer Pilates Arts, located in Forest Hills, Queens.
Pilates pros and newbies alike head to Spencer to fortify their cores with both mat- and machine-based regimens. Experienced instructors lead students through calorie-charring exercises designed to shave pounds, build body awareness, and ease injury recovery. Beginners internalize the fundamentals of the Pilates approach to fitness during mat classes and Essentials machine sessions, mastering the basic principles of precision and motion control that allow expert benders to flirtatiously wink a single ab. Allegro machine sessions challenge more advanced exercisers to execute moves from a broad range of the Pilates spectrum. Clients stretch and thrust in a sunny studio equipped with both Reformers and adapted Cadillac machines called towers.
As indicated on Spencer's most recent schedule, mat classes meet on weekend mornings and afternoons, with Reformer/Tower classes running all day strong throughout the entire week.
Spencer Pilates Arts
Pilates is for everyone. This is the idea behind Spencer Pilates Arts, where students of all abilities and ages study the fitness method made famous by Joseph H. Pilates. The method consists of exercises that strengthen the core, tone muscles, and even lengthen the body for those who don't have rubber bones. Originally used by dancers and acrobats due to its many benefits, it's now employed by a wide range of fitness instructors. One of those instructors is Spencer Baker, who started out incorporating Pilates exercises into his job and now shares the core-strengthening method with his members at his center.