In the Victorian era, people made their cores look tight by wearing corsets, which doubled as bulletproof vests during pistol duels. Strengthen your core until it's naturally impervious to bullets instead with today's Groupon: for $19, you get five classes at Studiomixx in Scottsdale (a $75 value).
Studiomixx classes blend power Pilates, isometric training, cardio, and circuit training into a calorie-crushing workout designed to elongate and strengthen muscles. Set to bumping hip-hop music, the varied workouts are designed to confuse muscles to prevent reaching an exercise plateau, much as children are confused into eating vegetables served on an ice-cream cone.
The schedule boasts four to five daily workouts, such as the Xtreme Barre class, which targets underused muscles through Pilates and isometric exercises. Childcare is available during 9:30 a.m. classes for $2 per child.
StudioMixx Body Sculpting System
At Studiomixx, owner and trainer Shandi Rooney applies the principle of muscle confusion—adding variety to a workout’s exercises—to help her students avoid plateaus as they evolve through her intense, calorie-burning Mixx fitness classes. Her main class, Mixx, keeps muscles guessing and stimulated under the influence of Pilates, yoga, and calisthenic exercises. The studio's new TredMixx classes combine interval training on treadmills, including alternating speed and incline, with total-body sculpting that uses weights, bands, balls, and ballet barre. Rooney, who has trained with Bravo channel personal trainer Jackie Warner and The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels, also offers a handful of spinoff classes such as Mixx Lite for less advanced students, CardioMixx, and Circuit Mixx, as well as grueling, detoxifying Xtreme Barre classes that can burn hundreds of calories per session, or one pile of freshly raked leaves.