If you’re a fan of Pilates, you probably know what the Megaformer machine is. You may even speak of it in hushed, reverent tones, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve been silently wishing for the day when a studio with a Megaformer machine would come to our area.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, know this: The Megaformer is a 10-foot-long, 250-pound, super-sized Pilates reformer machine “on steroids,” as one writer puts it. It allows you to work lots of muscles at once and promises to give you more bang for your workout buck, both time-wise and results-wise. Check out the video above to see it in action.
Pennsylvania—yes, the entire state thereof—will see its very first Megaformer machine when Wayne's Plank Studio opens on April 7th. Spokesperson Leslie Padilla says the studio will "put Pure Barre and Lithe Method to test." Look out.
Plank will live in a 6,300-square-foot, second-floor studio space at 532 West Lancaster Avenue. And there's a reason square footage matters: Owner Hilary Ryan will have 10 Megaformer machines in there. Megaformer classes will be 50 minutes long and focus on bursts of exercises executed for 60 seconds a piece—all set to an up-tempo soundtrack.
Ryan will also offer Pilates mat, TRX and Plank Mommy classes. The first two are what you'd expect, but the Plank Mommy class—for, well, moms, duh—uses your baby’s weight to help strengthen and tone.
Individual classes will cost $30 each, but packages include five for $135, 10 for $265 , and 20 for $480 for 20. An unlimited monthly studio pass is also available for $390 per month.
Class signups haven't started yet, but keep your eye on the website, which I'm told will be be updated next week. In the meantime, go like Plank Studio's Facebook page to get $10 off your first class.
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