Classpass Review: Pilates Evolution

Before I even knew calling Lagree Method workouts “Pilates on crack” was a thing, I referred to it as “Pilates on crack.” Why? Because it’s honestly the best way to describe the torturous 40-45min sessions of burning, shaking, and praying oh-please-make-this-stop. But I’m saying that… in a good way? I love a good challenge and have seen the best results in the shortest period of time from Lagree classes. So maybe describing the workout as torturous is a perfect example of the type of person who will like this class. But on the other hand, maybe not, because we all have our own perception of what “torturous”means and where we are willing to push our bodies on any given day; that malleable level of torture is one of the best things about Pilates Evolution. (Don’t know what Lagree is? Read more about it in my review of Fierce45 from a while back.)

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Workout Like a Model: Pilates

One of the best things about ClassPass is that I can finally afford to do Pilates! Frequently touted by supermodels as the way to get long, lean limbs, I had always wanted to make reformer classes a part of my routine (if you don’t know what that is, check out this post for a little run down), but didn’t want to spend the extra $$$ required. Advocates of Pilates include Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Izabel Goulart, and countless others.

But why is this workout so great for getting that model body?

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ClassPass Review: Elixir Pilates

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Pilates is the top reason I got ClassPass and it has WAY been paying off. The specialized equipment and instructor training make classes pretty expensive (on average I see about $20-25 per single group session, $13-15 per group session if bought in a package, and $60-80 for an individual session) and it’s not always an affordable fitness option, especially when you also want to do spinning, kickboxing, yoga… But with ClassPass, at $99/month, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth. I’ll have to do a breakdown of the costs one of these days…

Anyway, moral of the story is that Pilates is awesome and so are all the studios I’ve been to so far (check out my Club Pilates review here). It’s been SO quiet at work that I scheduled a lunch time reformer class at Elixir Pilates yesterday afternoon to help break up the day. Since it is an off time, it was just me and one other regular taking class from the owner, Kathryn. Normally a duet session is $35, which is more than 1/3 of my total monthly ClassPass cost, so I was already feeling pretty good about my situation!

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Elixir Pilates was fortunately one of the easier studios to find. One, it was day time, and two, it didn’t involve walking through any alleyways like a lot of the more urban studios (I love you, Pure Barre Highlands, but your entrance is confusing for first timers). The space was very clean, open, and inviting. It was boutique-y without feeling too small business (you know?) and had lots of natural light flooding through the large front windows.

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ClassPass Review: Club Pilates Denver

Last night at 1am when I couldn’t sleep, I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to getting up at 8am for my workout – especially since it was my first time going to Club Pilates and my first reformer class in a LONG time. The thought of my iPhone nudging me awake, pulling on yoga pants, and venturing to find a new studio wasn’t appealing, but ClassPass’ unexpected benefit is that you can’t cancel within 24 hours without paying a $20 fee. Bad for when you have an emergency come up, but really good for getting your lazy bum out of bed and into a workout.

Anyway, finding the studio was only mildly difficult. Once I got to Cherry Creek, there was a big sign with “Club Pilates” written on it indicating I had to go to the “Garden Level.” Everything in Cherry Creek is just fancier.

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After a venturing down the stairs and winding a little bit through the various other shops and salons, I relatively easily found my way to the very pleasant, Mediterranean feeling Club Pilates studio.

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