Like the framework of a mighty skyscraper, the core helps humans hold up the weight of the sky. Stay firm against the firmament with today's Groupon: for $22, you get three one-hour Pilates mat classes at The Pilates Loft (a $45 value).
The Pilates Loft owner and Core Dynamics–certified instructor Beth Elkins leads apprentice body-benders through Pilates mat classes with the help of fellow instructors Lissa Tepas and Nancy Hughes. These limber ladies elucidate techniques to increase flexibility, boost balance, build core strength, and develop photographs using willpower. Exercise balls and other lightweight workout tools increase the challenge. Natural light illuminates rubber band imitators in the hardwood-floored studio, where exposed brick walls evoke memories of performing stand-up comedy facing the wrong way. The Pilates Loft holds mat classes Tuesdays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m.–11 a.m., Thursdays noon–1 p.m., and Saturdays 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
The Pilates Loft
The Pilates Loft's owner, Beth Elkins, is not only a Core Dynamics–certified instructor, but also the creator of her own version of Pilates dubbed the Elkins Method Pilates technique. Between the exposed brick walls of her boutique studio, Beth and her two instructors teach her core-strengthening method to students of all levels during mat and tower equipment classes. By keeping each class in a private, two-person, or small group format, instructors can give one-on-one attention to each student to ensure every stomach curl, leg lift, and arm detachment exercise is performed safely.