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In what is a strong contender for understatement of the year, Margi Douglas, owner of the Pilates Garage said, “Living in the Slope, you notice a lot of new mothers.” But Douglas sees more than Bugaboos crowding her sidewalk when she steps outside, she sees potential customers.

“Pilates was initially designed for the bed-ridden,” Douglas said. But the workout, which is popular with celebrities, is also a great way for new moms to get back into pre-pregnancy shape.

“We’ve got ‘the Cadillac’ and ‘the Reformer,’” Douglas told GO Brooklyn, referring to the scary-sounding machines in her studio. The usual routine of contortion and stretching — a two-hour class that is designed to lengthen and tone your core stomach muscles — is also available, but, admittedly, the machines that have names like professional wrestlers also yield fierce results.

“Postpartum Pilates” will take place from 1–3 pm on June 16 at Pilates Garage (291 Eighth St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope). The workshop is $50, followed by complimentary refreshments. For information, call (718) 768-1235.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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