Without a variable workout, exercise quickly becomes nothing more than a sisyphean routine of lifting boulders, running up hills, and running away from sudden boulder avalanches. End the cycle with today’s Groupon to The Pilates Body in Gig Harbor. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a five-week series of ballroom-dancing classes (a $90 value). Classes are held Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. from December 6 to January 17.
- For $60, you get 12 BodyPump classes (a $120 value). Classes are held Mondays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., Fridays at 10:45 a.m., and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Though they are specialists in yoga and Pilates, the instructors at The Pilates Body express their passion for fitness and strutting in weekly ballroom-dancing and weight-hoisting BodyPump classes. Held every Tuesday starting in December, ballroom-dance classes impart the secrets of salsa, cha-cha, and biting a rose without retaliation.
Blueprinted by Les Mills and scheduled alongside the company’s RPM sessions, BodyPump is an ever-changing regimen of choreographed barbell workouts, covering the essentials such as squats, presses, lifts, and curls. Every three months, a new Body Pump soundtrack is released along with a whole new set of moves, ensuring newly buffed muscles don’t get bored and rebellious. Students choose their own weights suitable to ability, and the program is calibrated to simultaneously chisel all major muscle groups.
The Pilates Body
During a desperate search for reprieve from the pain caused by a dance injury, professional dancer Lianne Gamble discovered the rehabilitating power of Pilates. A born teacher, she wanted to spread the good news, so she studied under Rael Isacowitz to earn certification in his strenuous Pilates program, Body Arts and Science International (BASI), which folds anatomy and physiology into traditional Pilates exercises.
Now, she and a team of certified instructors—among them a gymnast, several dancers, and a marketer—reshape the waistlines of Gig Harbor residents through Pilates, power yoga, and body barre classes. Focusing on BASI’s scientific approach and proper breathing techniques, they pump up mind-body connections and core strength using state-of-the-art Power Plate machines, reformers, Decepticons that transform into chiropractors, and spine correctors from Balanced Body and Peak Pilates.