Here is a great way to sample a few classes from almost every major pilates studio in a city near you (NYC, Chicago, Houston, or LA, to be exact), become introduced to studios you never knew existed, and only have to pay one time, once. What am I talking about?.... its the fabulous Pilates Passbook, offered by the American Health and Fitness Alliance.
The Pilates Passbook, is filled with passes to pilates classes and studios in the city you live in. All you have to do is make your appointment, present your pass, and your classes or sessions are FREE!
Does that sound to good to be true? Well, it is true. They also have a Yoga Passbook Fitness Passbook, which is a book filled with free gym passes to gyms all over the city.
These passbooks also include passes to Gyrotonic studios, Alexander Technique sessions, swimming, dancing.... the list goes on and on. If you view the American Health and Fitness Alliance's website, you can see detailed lists of every participating studio and gym and what exactly they offer with the passes.
I love these books! I bought them and had a great time "touring" studios and gyms all over the city for a year with my friend who also bought the passbook. Its a thrifty way to try new classes and to spend time with a friend!
When I had my passbook, I discovered so many studios that I never knew of. I tried many different types of classes and different teaching styles- I kind of got a taste for everything out there. It was a really great experience. Its a perfect way to find out more about all the different types of pilates teaching styles and points of view, for anyone who wants to learn more about the different types of pilates that are out there today.
There are so many passes in these passbooks, that you might not even be able to go to every studio and gym listed. Even if that happens, the book basically pays for itself after just a few classes or sessions that you do use. And, if you end up with extra passes to places you will never go (for example, if the studio is totally out of your neighborhood), you can sell the extra passes on http://www.craigslist.org/ .
Check out the American Health and Fitness Alliance website for yourself, and learn more about the passbooks: