Mon-Fri, 8am-7:30pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, closed
6 at Bleecker St.; B, D, F, V at Broadway-Lafayette St.; N, R, W at Prince St.
Like the slender, agile animal it’s named for, this Pilates studio is on a mission to get clients into fierce shape—or just to stand a little taller, depending on the particular session. Combining work on the mat and traditional Pilates machines like the Cadillac and the Reformer, owner Halle Clark and her select group of instructors take clients through a series of exercises that feel equal parts physical therapy, meditation, and intense workout; the results speak to your muscles the next morning. Booking an appointment at this small, Zen space is about as competitive as landing highlights with the city’s latest star colorist: Clark sees a varied stream of gazelle-like devotees, sinewy muscles and all, as well as current and former athletes looking to reverse the crunch effect that running has taken on their backs, and a few senior citizens and chronically inflexible men wishing to shed their stiffness. Despite their individual reasons for coming to Mongoose, clients eventually leave with a stronger core and, subsequently, better posture. Classes are taught privately, in duets and in small groups, so don’t get too comfortable. With all the close attention, Clark and Co. quietly increase the intensity of each session; be prepared for a challenge.
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