Within Asana Body Mind Hot Yoga’s cozy studio, overhead panels generate the heat that makes students sweat in temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. Since each panel warms only the students and their mats—rather than the air itself—the heat can better penetrate their skin, encouraging healthy perspiration to oust bodily toxins.
Employing the skills he learned while studying in the Indian province of Kerala, studio director Jason Campbell leads yogis through series of poses during a variety of hot-yoga classes, helping them hone their internal rhythm and stretch their bodies while building peace of mind. Jason and the other instructors walk students through each pose and adjust their postures as needed as they bend and sway atop springy cork floors designed to minimize the impact on joints and keep students afloat on the sea of sweat. To encourage a sense of community within the studio, students are encouraged to socialize after class, and staffers serve shots of nutrient-rich wheatgrass juice upon request before and after each session.
"I now use many of the noninvasive medical services I offer at my clinics to fight the aging process. I have personally never felt or looked better and I am now in my forties," says Eleanor Welsh, founder of Skin Vitality Medical Clinic. Using Elos laser and radio frequency technology, her team of registered nurses and registered practical nurses is able to reshape bodies, erase body hair, and tighten skin with the push of a button. Their skill with beauty injectables comes from extensive training from Allergan and other pharmaceutical companies, giving them the deft ability to leave clients' faces more youthful than a rosebud in a sippy cup. For more dramatic results, Dr. Conor B. Turley performs cosmetic surgeries such as tucks, augmentations, and lifts.
Glow Yoga Studio guides newcomers and experienced yoga devotees through poses designed to build flexibility, tranquility, and strength. Owner Carol Baxter and her fellow teachers lead classes Mondays–Saturdays in Vinyasa, hot yoga, Hatha, and other styles that bolster inner solace, whatever the exterior's partying graces may be. Body-benders can salute the a.m. sun during Hatha Morning Flow, a charka-nurturing class ideal for students from beginners to intermediate levels. Hip n Hot, for intermediate to advanced students, is a holistic ejector seat for anxiety, stress, poor circulation, and negativity that, when concentrated, turns into YouTube comments.
Upon entering Me First Fitness, awarded the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Diamond award for Best Boot Camp from News Advertiser, guests notice a distinct absence of rows of people doing the same exercises over and over on the same machines again and again. Here, patrons battle their own body weight with TRX suspension cords, swing kettlebells, jump rope, and pummel punching bags to whip into shape. The staff of certified and specialized trainers pushes patrons to achieve healthy lifestyles through personal-training sessions and high-intensity boot-camp classes. They boast that no two workouts are the same, preventing minds from getting bored and bodies from becoming accustomed to the movements, thus rendering workouts less effective. To supplement their body-sculpting workouts, the trainers motivate guests to change their diets, equipping them with healthful meal plans and recipes, and raiding secret storage lockers full of Twinkies.
At BOSS Fitness Bootcamps at Ryouko Martial Arts, instructors teach discipline, personal accountability, and teamwork. A staff of stuntmen and internationally competitive fighters share the power and grace at the heart of the Korean martial art, leading students through the discipline’s fierce, angular strikes and gently circular movements. Featuring sprung gymnastic floors, the 6,000-square-foot facility also offers Zumba and boot-camp workouts as well as an extreme-skills class that teaches parkour, break dancing, and fight choreography.
Nautical Escapes has one purpose: get people out on the water. The company’s CYA-certified instructors teach an array of courses that range from three-hour introductory sailing courses for beginners to more comprehensive 30-hour courses for those who seek a grander prize such as a sailing license or the password to Poseidon’s Netflix. In addition to a fleet of sailboats, Nautical Escapes docks a 27-foot yacht for private and group charters.