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'Slow Burn' Pilates can yield quicker fitness results

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In the Lakeside Room at the Heather Farm Community Center, students in a fitness class enjoy a view of the Canada geese and ducks surrounding the lake. The scene, the students said, adds to the serenity of the winter morning as they arrive at their class with green, elastic flex bands and foam rollers in tow. Soon, the students are lying on the foam rollers, gently massaging their backs from side to side. Then, the rollers are placed to one side as students stand up to step one foot on their flex bands and with their elbows to their sides, they perform steady bicep curls as both hands stretch the flex bands up and down. "Slow, slow, slow," said instructor Connie English. "Nice and steady." The class they're taking isn't the typical, traditional Pilates mat class known for strengthening, toning and sculpting the body. Slow Burn Pilates offers the same benefits as the traditional method but its emphasis is on slow and steady movements, English said.

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