Mon-Thu, 7am-10pm; Fri, 7am-8pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-7pm
L at First Ave.; F at Second Ave.
With an emphasis on personal attention and a no-size-fits-all mentality, Sixth Street Pilates offers levels of study that accommodate first-timers as well as serious practitioners. A stable of friendly instructors leads group, private, and duo lessons. Most students opt for group classes at the “open” level. These are not overly strenuous but a few movements are fiendishly painful, while others require serious coordination. A series of exercises employing the "Magic Circle" are rewarding—the tension ring is squeezed between thighs leaving a low-grade, satisfying burn. If you like the prop enough, there is an advanced class that uses it to target out-of-shape trouble spots. Owner Jeremy Laverdure, a modern dancer by training, leads acolytes toward stronger cores and toned muscles. Many clients have been regulars since the studio’s opening in 2003. His style is influenced by yoga as well as the Klein technique, a theory of aligning bones and muscles. The ground-level studio is spartan but comfortable, and features earth-friendly elements: Green energy powers the place and nontoxic cleaning products keep it neat.Pros
Classes here are a reasonable $14, and duo sessions offer a deep discount over privates.
The front door opens into the main classroom, so if you're late or early you risk the embarrassment of disrupting a session.
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