Perspiration gets mischievous when cooped up inside the body, acting out by drenching armpits on first dates and disguising itself as tears during job interviews. Release disgruntled body water with today's Groupon: for $39, you get four power pilates classes at The Body Lab (a $120 value) on East Camelback Road.
The Body Lab dresses skinny skeletons in chiseled muscle suits with an innovative exercise style that fuses Pilates, cardio, and strength training to get the body burning from top to toe. Fitness-seekers stretch and stimulate their muscles using the distinctive Megaformer, an innovative spin on the traditional Pilates reformer machine. While traditional workouts can twist joints into balloon animals of agony, the slow, deliberate movements of SPX allow plenty of time for earnest fiber-folk singers to convince connectors to bend their positions. Though the movements are measured, the 50-minute regimens are still intense, as proponents of the program contend that constant tension promotes the greatest gains in strength. Four sessions should give fitness hunters enough exposure to SPX to tell whether they want to stick with the system or return to a more conventional wolf-evasion-based exercise routine.
- I don't know how to say it any other way, this is a total body workout. I have now gone 3 times and it is a perfect alternative to a trainer. – Emily W., Yelp, 2/5/11
- The class is always different, but it's always a challenge, combining balance and strength. Focus is on the core, and you can work at your own pace. – Maria G., Yelp, 12/20/10
The Body Lab
Jenny and Rachel spent years trying workout programs ranging from running to Tae Bo, but they couldn't find an exercise regimen they actually enjoyed. That is until Jenny stumbled across Pilates+. She was immediately hooked by the innovative workout program, which fuses Pilates, cardio, and strength training, and it wasn’t long until Rachel jumped aboard too. Today, the duo helms The Body Lab, where they and their staff of certified trainers spread the word about their favorite workout regime, which has been written up by numerous members of the press.
Each 50-minute Pilates+ class uses a machine called the Megaformer—a modern take on the traditional Pilates reformer that is designed to strengthen and tone both the upper and lower body. Performing slow, controlled movements, students move through a series of more than 50 exercises per class, exercising multiple muscle groups “to failure” each session to produce quicker results than traditional Pilates sessions. The Body Lab also leads group classes a la carte, as well as monthly memberships and one-on-one training for clients.