Regardless of the economic climate, new pilates studios seem to spring up around this city every month. While almost anyone who's been to a few

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Best Place to Firm Up Your Core and Your Wallet

Young Pilates

Regardless of the economic climate, new pilates studios seem to spring up around this city every month. While almost anyone who's been to a few classes will tell you it's a wildly effective and enjoyable way to get svelte, limber, and strong, it's also prohibitively expensive for many—particularly if it involves the use of pricey reformer equipment. Not so at Young Pilates on Queen Anne, where small-group reformer classes are just $25 per one-hour session, and even private lessons can be had for a paltry $35 if you make your appointment during their happy hour (Mon.–Fri., 3–5 p.m.). Luckily, all these bargain-basement rates are not reflected in the warm, light-filled studio and approachable, responsive teaching philosophy of husband-and-wife team Brooke and David Young. "I think it's pretty obvious we love working together," says Brooke, "and I feel like that gets translated to our clients by way of a fun, collegial atmosphere." (Indeed, David is a dry-humored indie-rock fan as likely to talk to you about the last episode of True Blood as he is to gently correct your form.) And those low prices? "We have more group reformers [eight total] than just about any other studio in the city," Brooke claims, "which allows us to fit more folks in and charge a little less than those studios that have only three or four. In fact, we haven't raised the prices on the group classes ever in five years."—Hannah Levin

 
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