It’s never too late to start taking care of yourself, especially after the tough year we’ve all endured.
If you’re looking to get active and focus on your physical and mental health this year, Arlington’s Praxi Pilates is a great option for any fitness level and every body, regardless of experience. They even have discounts for new clients.
Praxi Pilates offers group, semi-private and private pilates lessons — both in-studio and virtually.
If you’re worried about getting back into a gym, know that Praxi Pilates is taking more COVID-19 precautions than your average gym. All equipment is spaced out 10 feet, no equipment is shared, masks are mandatory, and everyone is required to wash or sanitize their hands when they arrive.
Class options include:
- Reformer classes: Ever heard of a pilates reformer? It’s a spring-loaded resistance training machine, and you can expect to get a full-body workout in these equipment-based classes. When you leave class, you’ll feel balanced, centered and strong. These in-studio classes are offered every day of the week.
- Mat classes: For this class, you’ll get back to the basics of pilates — all you need is your mat. These classes are a great core workout. Although the movements are small, they are mighty, and you’ll probably feel parts of your body you didn’t know you could feel. These classes are available virtually throughout the week.
All classes are 50 minutes, though there are some 90-minute circuit classes and workshops that focus on specific topics like balance or squats.
Everything can be modified based on your experience or any injuries. An instructor will work with you to figure out what you need to help push you to the next level.
If you’re new to pilates (or even working out), the Praxi Pilates team understands that gym anxiety is a very real thing. It might make you feel better knowing “Praxi” is Latin for “practice.” There are zero expectations for you to be perfect — the goal is to show up and give it what you’ve got.
Before you jump into group classes, you can always book a private or semi-private session where you’ll get extra personal attention from one of the studio’s highly trained instructors. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the equipment and basic movements and ease any nerves before your first group class.
In-studio classes are limited to eight people. That means, even in the group setting, you’ll get individual attention from your instructor. (Honestly, they’ll probably know your name by the end of your first class!)
It also helps that everyone who attends Praxi Pilates is super friendly and approachable. Carey Galst Cavalcante, the studio’s owner, likes to call the little community a “tribe.” Everyone knows each other, and they even spend time together outside the studio. Newcomers are always welcomed into the group.
The studio space itself is very intimate. Despite its location in the middle of Ballston, it’s tucked away in a discreet building and feels like a retreat with views of a courtyard garden. There’s even free on-site parking, so you don’t have to stress about finding a parking spot or feeding a meter.
If you’re interested in joining Praxi Pilates, you can register online. The studio is offering a new client special. Just use promo code #letsdothis50 at checkout for 50% off any class or get a two-week unlimited class pass for just $79.
Bonus: Praxi Pilates is also home to two massage therapists, so if you’re feeling a little sore after your first few classes, treat yourself to some bodywork!
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