While a bulging physique can be impressive, too much bulk can lead to shredded T-shirts and difficulty when escaping buildings through ductwork. Build musculature more modestly with today's Groupon: for $49, you get five Pilates reformer classes (normally $37 per drop-in class) at The Energy Within in Encinitas.
Helmed by longtime Pilates teacher Rachel Robertson, the instructors at The Energy Within provide a personalized approach to fitness. The reformer classes can be taken by fitness-seekers of all ages and skill levels. They provide a versatile, full-body workout by incorporating a gliding horizontal carriage, helping to increase flexibility, reduce stress, and prevent chilly bloods. Like all Pilates regimens, reformer classes allow you to build a rock-solid body without turning into Rocky. Strength comes through endurance and repetition rather than pumping pounds of kilograms of iron, and weak backs and flimsy core muscles benefit from the slow but steady regimen. By learning how to move your body using an efficient range of motion, you will leave your session walking taller and less prone to injuries not sustained from lightning. Each 55-minute class is limited to four people, ensuring individual attention and motivation from cheerful instructors, rather than from bitterly chanted group mantras and tyrannical resolutions.
Though it has yet to receive many online reviews, 10 Google Mappers give The Energy Within five stars.
- This is THE place for pilates training in Coastal North County. The owner, Rachel, is a master/certified instructor and really knows the human body. . . . Pilates is being offered in so many gyms these days, but it really takes special training and equipment to get the benefits. – innovativehr
- If you're looking for an exercise program that gives you a terrific, results-oriented work-out without being hard on your body this is the place. – lklosterman
For Rachel Robertson, five is a magic number. It's the number of movements that the spine is capable of—flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation, and neutral. Because the classes are kept small, no more than three people per class, her guidance is precise and personalized. She makes small modifications to each student's form as they segue from one exercise to the next, helping them not only to perfect their technique, but to become increasingly aware of the way their body functions.
Rachel's lessons incorporate a mat warm up as well as Stott Pilates equipment, from Reformers to stability chairs. Though all of her routines help to build core strength, balance, and flexibility, she tailors them to address the needs of each client, whether they're an athlete hoping to hone performance or someone looking to lose weight. Rehabilitative and specialty classes even focus on conditions such as scoliosis or pelvic-floor problems. Rachel coaches clients of all ages and fitness levels to higher levels of wellness.