Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Find the solution to a tighter tummy with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a fitness package at Total Body Pilates (a $160 value). The package includes:
- Four group Reformer classes
- Four group mat classes<p>
Pilates guru Erica Lukes guides students of all fitness levels toward their fitness goals, including building long, lean muscle through mat and machine-based Pilates classes. The schedule of classes serves sweat sessions to accommodate students of all skill levels with classes including a one-hour integrated mat class, which utilizes the classic floor moves created by Joseph Pilates to strengthen the core. Ballet-barre class puts students through an intense routine of exercises designed to sculpt the graceful, streamlined physique of a New York City Ballet–caliber swan. Small class sizes of four to five pupils help instructors give personalized attention during one-hour Reformer classes, where, like riding mechanical bulls, executing proper form and alignment are key. During the class, students work on a special machine consisting of ropes and pulleys designed to add extra resistance to each movement, resulting in the lithe limbs and toned muscles of a gym cat, the natural predator of the ubiquitous gym rat.
Total Body Pilates
Some seek Pilates for weight loss or a toned body, and others for stress relief and overall wellbeing. But Erica Lukes was drawn to the mat to recover from a horseback-riding injury in the early '90s. As her pain subsided and her range of motion returned through her practice, she became compelled to help others reap the benefits of the core-strengthening workout, earning her certification as a Master Pilates instructor, and eventually helming Total Body Pilates. Now, she guides students of all fitness levels through Pilates and Total Body Barre to achieve their fitness and wellness goals. She helps them to build long, lean muscles through mat- and machine-based Pilates, in which students work on a special machine consisting of ropes and pulleys designed to add extra resistance to each movement, resulting in the lithe limbs and toned muscles of a gym cat, the natural predator of the ubiquitous gym rat.