Before they discovered the benefits of kettlebells, Russian strongmen were mere mortals who could only perform feats of strength with their handlebar mustaches. Today's deal to Studio Lotus blends the strength-building aerobics of these magic little weights with core-focused Pilates. For $59, you get $159 worth of kettlebell training, Pilates classes, private sessions, and other services at Studio Lotus, with two locations—one near the Emory campus and one in Marietta. Call ahead to pre-register for the 90-minute intro to kettlebells workshop (required before enrolling in further kettlebells classes). All other classes are first come, first served—like Best Buy at 4 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, for that one sweet moment before madness takes the mob and chaos reigns.
Kettlebells—iron-shaped balls of varying weights that, with their affixed handles, resemble carry-on cannonballs—provide a low-impact total body workout that simultaneously increases strength and stamina. A recent study found kettlebells to be highly effective, resulting in subjects burning "at least 20.2 calories per minute, which is off the charts. That’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace." You'll learn all this and more during your intro to kettlebells class (which you can apply this Groupon toward). Upon completion, you're free to take more kettlebell classes (drop-in classes are $16) and Pilates mat ($12.50–$16) and apparatus sessions (private session are $54–$60, duet sessions are $37–$44, and semi-private sessions are $30–$38). Feel free to combine these classes at your whimsy to transform yourself into a formidable fat-burning, cardiovascular-boosting, muscle-building monster without the assistance of a full moon.
Studio Lotus's numerous certified instructors take turns teaching 26 weekly classes seven days a week. Group classes are also offered for Pilates and kettlebell buffs of all experience levels, all of which are kept to a 15-person max. This ensures one-on-one instructor attention and decreased odds of two people showing up in the same leotard. Check out the monthly schedules for the Zonolite Road and Marietta locations for a list of upcoming classes and times.
Your Groupon is not valid toward package or unlimited classes.
FOX 5 did a segment live in-studio with kids learning Pilates from Studio Lotus owner Davidson Reid. Daily Candy has featured the studio, and Creative Loafing dubs their kettlebell classes the best workout for masochists:
- The intro session is a killer (prepare for soreness), but your body will adapt quickly to the controlled, centripetal motion-based lifts and rotations. By the time you’ve mastered advanced reps (Turkish getups, military crawls, and modified Pilates crunches), you’ll have the heightened endurance and leaner, stronger muscles of regular kettlebellers. – Daily Candy
- In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. – Creative Loafing
- Makes you want to work, but also very relaxing and clean. – Courtney Loner, CityVoter