An instructor helps a patron try the Pilates “mermaid” position.

In honor of National Pilates Day on May 4, Club Pilates, the Nation’s largest Pilates franchise with 500 studios, is giving people one more reason to try Pilates. While Pilates is famous for sculpting longer and stronger muscles in addion to a tighter core, on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, anyone who takes a Free Intro class will also receive a $10 Gift Card.

All 10 Virgina and Maryland studios are participating including the three Fairfax County locations in Burke, Fair Lakes and Tysons Corner. The celebration begins on Friday, May 3 and runs through Sunday, May 5 with classes and celebratory events happening all weekend long. Burke will host free classes Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

“While other commemorative holidays are meant to be observed, National Pilates Day is about participation – inviting others into our studio to demonstrate the unique mind and body connection that Pilates promises to those practicing it frequently,” said Julie Karickhoff, Owner and Instructor at Club Pilates Burke. “Everybody Needs Pilates – including you!”

In addition to the $10 Gift Card offer, studios are offering 20% off all branded retail merchandise, and for those interested in enrolling in Teacher Training, Club Pilates will pay for your training manuals – making it a better time than ever to pursue a career in wellness. Burke will host their Teacher Training info session at 3:30 PM on National Pilates Day itself, Sat. May 4th.

“I truly love Pilates and I couldn’t be happier to spread the Pilates practice as my profession,” said Lindsey Donnelly, Instructor at Club Pilates Burke. “If you’re looking for a career in health and fitness, Club Pilates is a great place to be!” Go to www.clubpilates.com to find your nearest local studio.

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