What You'll Get
When strongmen of the past wanted to show their superhuman brawn, they coddled kettlebells or other, potentially stronger strongmen. Today's Groupon beats you into shape by kettlebell, stretches you into shape with yoga, or Pilates your Pilates parts with a month of unlimited classes at Vitality Pilates Yoga, a downtown St. Paul fitness studio. This Groupon is good for classes in yoga, Pilates, kettlebell, or any other class (except for circuit Pilates and paintball).
Classes take place several times a day on weekdays (there's one class on Friday and one on Sunday, but there are no classes on Saturday). Vitality's Pilates classes take a contemporary twist by integrating modern knowledge about exercise science and athletic performance into the workout. There's vinyasa and prenatal yoga, so this is a great gift for an expectant mom or anyone who wants to learn the downward dog, upward dog, and the Mississippi steamer.
Most of the classes on the schedule are drop-in, so you can stop by for an early morning kettlebell class or a midday Pilates mat class (reserve online if you prefer). Vitality also offers a cardio-based full-body workout on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The studio is a beautiful, sunlit space in the historic Produce Exchange Building. It's clean and spacious, free of bats, and has a changing area, bathroom, shower facilities, and free towel services. Vitality provides mats and props (they have a full line of STOTT Pilates equipment). The team of friendly, experienced instructors knows how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America.
- This is the best studio and so convenient! I've lived and done yoga all over and this is a gem...The yoga teachers are GREAT and intuitive. – jenniesera, Yahoo! Local
- I enjoyed the entire time I was there. It was almost too much fun to be considered a workout. When I left the studio all my muscles were humming. It felt great. – sunnydaygrrl, Google
- As a cyclist (and man) I've always had tight hips. I started taking Ted's yoga class and I am addicted. My results are amazing and I can feel stronger and do not cramp when I ride – Chad, Google
If you're new to Pilates, you might not yet know the basic moves, or even how to read and pronounce the word itself. You might be asking, "What do I do?", "How can I cope with this?", "I'm going to burn down an abandoned gummy bear factory!" Fortunately, there's no need to panic or burn down an abandoned anything. Here's a list of oft-confused Pilates imposters to avoid on your path to fitness:
- Pilates: Series of controlled movements designed to promote strength, flexibility, and fitness.
- Pie Late: Self-explanatory.
- Pie Latte: Seasonal treat.
- Pilot Tees: T-shirts worn by pilots, so as to quickly recognize each other at informal events and sports arenas.
- Pilot Teas: Airforce-engineered superbrews to give jet pilots superhuman concentration and reaction time, as well as the telepathic ability to politely ask UFOs to leave.
- Pillow Tease: Not as sultry as it sounds; refers to actual pillow salesman on 6th Avenue who's so-called "pillow" turned out to be six phonebooks in a garbage bag.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 23, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Not valid for equipment-based classes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.