Under the guidance of new ownership, the instructors at Bikram Yoga Boise have no problem welcoming beginners to the practice. After all, each of them remembers the experience of their own first lesson. Some took part in a 60-day class challenge and some simply saw it as a new adventure in fitness, but all of them fell in love almost immediately with the benefits inherent in sweating and stretching.
It helps that the style accommodates all skill levels. Because students perform the 26 poses to the best of their ability, they needn't have any experience or a life-sized rubber stand-in to begin taking classes. The postures build off each other to stretch muscles, ligaments, and other tissues throughout the body as the surrounding heat in the studio—up to 105 degrees—makes them more pliable. The warmth also boosts circulation and the release of sweat, which helps to purge the body of built up toxins. As practitioners become accustomed to the poses, they can benefit from increased strength and range of motion.
At Warrior Fit Body Boot Camp, nationally certified trainer Darrin Walton uses metabolic-training techniques to help clients get fit and svelte as quickly as possible. His classes revolve around high-intensity intervals and circuits, which often include kickboxing moves, bodyweight exercises, and battling-rope drills. Many workouts emphasize Tabata training, in which participants rest briefly between intervals to rev up their metabolisms for up to 48 hours. During each class, Darrin exudes enthusiasm and cultivates a supportive vibe among students of all skill levels. He also charts students' body composition to keep them motivated as they watch their fat levels drop, their muscles bulk, and their pecs lay eggs and multiply. A collection of online tools—including a goal tracker, a meal planner, and a nutrition learning center—helps students cultivate healthy habits outside the classroom.
Melanie has been active in the health community—as a fitness consultant, personal training, and yoga and Pilates teacher—for more than 14 years. But it wasn’t until she discovered pole fitness while mining that she was able to combine all her passions into one activity. As she started experimenting with pole fitness, she felt her experience with yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes coming together into one comprehensive workout. She knew that with her background in health and fitness, and passion for pole fitness, she would be able to help students achieve their fitness goals. And so PoleFIT Revolution was born. Today, she and a team of instructors teach a variety of classes, such as pole fitness, aerial yoga, boot camp, and stretching classes to ensure all students are receiving the workout that best suits their body.
During the 60-minute Stroller Strides outdoor class, moms and their babies tear up the trail for an hour. Participants mix stroller pushing and power walking with pit stops for resistance-band exercises that, taken together, bestow a total-body workout. Instructors provide everyone with exercise tubing and, in the event of a fussy-baby episode, will show you exercises you can do with your baby, such as the toddler-tickling squat jump or the nursery-rhyme and bicep-curl combo. Fit4Baby prenatal classes blend cardio and weight work for one hour of strength and balance training. The workouts help women at any stage of pregnancy stay fit and active while they adapt to their bodies' demands. All instructors are experienced in pre- and post-natal fitness. Indoor classes make use of sheltered venues, but apply the same principles as the outdoor sessions.
At Essential Hot Yoga, formerly Sumits Yoga, students stand squarely on the hardwood floors of the heated studio. Instructors lead them through 75-minute classes, fusing inspiration from Hatha and Ashtanga power-flow styles of yoga to create a dynamic and fluid practice. Essential's two styles of hot yoga cover a sequence of balancing and energizing physical postures, called asanas, set to motivating music. The practice room's hot and humid atmosphere warms and relaxes muscles more effectively than a bear hug from an actual bear, helping yogis to reach deeper stretches.
Boise Yoga Center owners Vickie and Jerry Aldridge bring to the studio a combined 45 years of experience in the Iyengar method of yoga, having studied with the Iyengars in India multiple times. The Iyengar method combines asanas (poses) with prananyama (rhythmic breathing control) and is safe for people of all ages and shapes.
Boise Yoga Center's certified instructors include James Burton, winner of Boise Weekly's 2010 "Best Local Yoga Instructor" award two years in a row. He and the rest of the staff enjoy working with students of all skill levels, from lowly human clerics with no physical agility points to full-on Dungeon Masters, to improve body alignment, strength, flexibility, and confidence.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Yoga for Wellness, a community-oriented yoga studio, bends and stretches yogis of every level with an array of Hatha yoga classes taught by certified instructors. Five 75-minute sessions will help improve flexibility, strengthen body balance, and reduce anxiety associated with the monster living underneath your bed. To keep bendable bodies in fit form, Yoga for Wellness offers a variety of classes several times a day. Check the class schedule to plan your visit. Mats or blankets are provided.
The certified personal trainers at SuperSlow Zone provide one-on-one coaching to get bodies toned up with slow, targeted workouts. This deal gets you a full-body consultation to assess your fitness needs, as well as four 20-minute personal training sessions that can be easily dovetailed into any hardwood schedule ledger. During each workout, you'll perform a series of weightlifting exercises, working your legs, shoulders, and arms through slow and steady repetition that will really tick off the harried, quick-to-judge hares so common in the general population. Holding each rep for long lengths fatigues muscles and improves your metabolic rate, thereby burning fat. Moving quickly from machine to machine provides an invigorating workout and keeps routines from falling down the vertical slip 'n' slide of stagnancy. Resting for days in between each session may help bodies rebound for improved joint motion and reduced lower back pain.
Inside the state-of-the-art SuperSlow facility, air swirls around burning biceps while cooling fans dissipate heat for a climatically comfortable fitness environment. This slow-mo muscle-building method has been recommended by celebrities like Brad Pitt and Barbara Walters, who prefer to workout facing each other, synchronizing their breathing and encouraging each other with sustained eye contact. Sustain your energy levels and improve muscle performance with today's Groupon.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($59), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Two personal training sessions ($35) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes unlimited tanning ($25/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
The NASM-, NETA-, and Les Mills–certified trainers at Alacrity Fitness understand the difficulty of staying motivated throughout exercise and nutrition regimens. Trainers obliterate boredom during group classes, alternating the workout each week to keep muscles mystified. Using kettlebells, rope walls, free weights, and free-range punching bags, instructors solidify core strength, balance, and flexibility. The team's boot camps for kids recognize the importance of forming healthy eating and exercising habits early on. Sessions operate in a fun and nurturing environment brimming with equipment that engages the senses and obeys the very same laws of physics that adult equipment does.
River Time Yoga specializes in Svaroopa yoga, a proprietary type of hatha yoga used to relieve pain, specifically in the back, head, neck, and shoulders. Moves, which often incorporate props, are designed to expand and lengthen muscles, giving crowded tissues room to breathe. Enthused practitioners report that sessions help lower their blood pressure, ease digestion, and provide better sleep bereft of nightmares about killer yoga mats. Instructors Betsy, Carolyn, and Marlene teach a few different types of Svaroopa in group and private sessions.
Johnny's Fit Club Fitness allows clients 24-hour access to workout equipment and tanning services. Individuals can work toward fitness goals with one-on-one personal-training sessions, or find moral support during group classes such as boot camp, Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing. Instructors lead kids into healthier states with specialty dance and fitness classes. In addition to workouts, trainers help clients reach total wellness with their nutritional tracking services.
At Sage Yoga & Wellness, visitors can hear more than just the sound of yoga groups breathing as one. Though yoga classes such as Vinyasa, Prana Flow, Yin Yoga, and Power Lunch form the core of the business, the studio’s team of 22 instructors, massage therapists, and physical therapists also set physiques on the path to optimal health with nutrition consultation, massages, and private yoga therapy.