Pilates has been voted the number-one way to strengthen stomachs, ranking just ahead of doing crunches and adhering to a steady diet of dumbbells. Get your core in tip-top shape with today's Groupon: for $39, you get five Pilates mat classes at Village Pilates Studio in Oak Park (a $90 value).
Village Pilates Studio's experienced instructors marshal students through the latest in torso-tightening techniques during each Pilates mat class. The 45- to 60-minute sessions fuse breath coordination with rhythmic movement and core awareness to transform tense bone cages into bodies as limber and free flowing as a slurpie in space. To accommodate muscle-enhancing pupils, class sizes remain intimate with 10 or fewer students, and they are taught in four skill levels, ranging from beginner to super advanced.
The beginning mat class establishes 10 basic exercises focused on core strength and breathing capacity to build a solid foundation, and the mat class with props incorporates rollers, bands, and weights to enhance technique and prepare practitioners for upcoming theatrical performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Mats. See the schedule for a complete listing of class times and descriptions.
Village Pilates Studio
Village Pilates Studio's owner, Regan Hoerster, boasts an impressive 1,000 hours of apprenticeship work, earning a master's certification with The Pilates Center in Boulder and another certification with the Pilates Method Alliance. She draws from her extensive education to create a comfortable, friendly environment with class styles to accommodate patrons of all skill levels and varying needs. Hoerster offers one-on-one private lessons and semiprivate lessons with a maximum of four participants, which are especially beneficial to beginners. The small class sizes enable her to devote ample attention to each person to foster the development of proper technique. More advanced patrons can opt for mat or barre classes for up to 10 participants, or classes the utilize a pole or low chair. Reformer machines—built specifically to enhance Pilates workouts by adding resistance to the exercises—line the walls of the hardwood studio, with the majority of the floor space left open for performing mat work and impressing fellow students by forming every letter in Mississippi with your body.
436 S Ridgeland Ave.
Oak Park, Illinois 60302Get Directions