After crocodators, poor fitness is the number-one cause of the night-scaries. Turn the nightmare where you end up bare-bellied in biology class into a dream of goddess-like energy and strong, snake-charming confidence with today's Groupon: for $36, new students get their choice of three Pilates mat, chair dancing, or pole-lates classes at The Pilates Center of Olympia (a $72 value).
Offering inventive classes for men and women, the studio's philosophy of "Pilates at Play" combines the strengthening value of levity in exercise with the immeasurable benefit of uninhibited playtime. Depending on your playing preference and/or gender, you can mix and match your choice of three fun-infused fitness classes. The Pilates mat class guides students through the fundamentals of Pilates with the use of weights, balls, bands, and more. A seasoned instructor also employs the use of leg and arm springs for maximum mind-body melding. The 50-minute class is open to students of all skill levels, from experienced callisthenic crackerjacks, to klutzes with a surplus of left feet. Femininely focused, the chair-dance class introduces a sultry routine designed to strengthen the bodies and minds of ladies 18 and older. Similarly, the pole-lates class breaks down pole dancing from a Pilates perspective and introduces a cardio routine that ladies 18 and older can take to firefighting college. Both classes run 50 minutes.
During all classes, the friendly instructors will happily provide any necessities including mats, props, water, music, and more. For added convenience, they'll grant you access to the on-site changing rooms for less than the cost of a free fat-free burrito. Check the schedule and call ahead to book your first session, because classes fill up quickly.
Though online reviews for Pilates Center of Olympia are still growing, it has received great testimonials from its customers:
Pilates at Play
Pilates at Play takes its name seriously. Yes, that goes for both parts. When Trisha Hatfield Graves opened the studio in 1998, she was required to undergo a grueling three-year program and log more than 1,000 internship hours before she could claim the title of a fully certified Pilates instructor and open one of the first fully equipped studios in the Seattle area.
But just because Trisha and her instructors are so focused on the strengthening and healing techniques of traditional Pilates doesn't mean they don't also know how to have fun. Their expansive 1,800-square-foot studio resembles a playground more than a gym, complete with bright colors and swings hanging from the ceiling. Besides traditional Pilates mat and equipment classes, the group leads aerial Pilates and Swing-a-lates classes that use playground swings for core-strengthening exercises, and spinal decompression. Additionally, the instructors lead pole and chair dancing classes, which draw on the principals of lyrical dance to give women a fun and flirty workout.
515 State Ave. NE
Olympia, Washington 98501Get Directions