Balmy, salty gusts blow across the meandering cruise ship's sundeck, dancing through strands of hair and cooling faces lifted to meet the sun. A group of yogis lifts fingertips to the sky amid the sounds of lapping waves and the distant cries of seabirds as one of the highly experienced instructors from Pure Prana Yoga Studio leads them in a 60-minute Vinyasa or Hatha class. In addition to opening their muscles and lungs to the cleansing sea air, guests can socialize with the other travelers during the full lunch buffet. The dining room resounds with happy chatter as guests mingle and munch on a smorgasbord of upscale cuisine including made-to-order omelets and make stops at the salad bar and the ham-and-turkey-carving station.
A century ofshared experience unites trainers at Get Shaped Fitness, where they coach groupsessions and work individually with trainees. "We stress education over quick fixes," theysay, "striv[ing] to prepare you for continuing your success over the longterm." To these ends, they customize personal training sessions and makethemselves available to talk about lifestyle changes, such as replacing cupcakeswith a sheet cake inscribed with "eat carrots." The gym's own GetShaped app helps clients keep track of their classes and contact staffers.
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: [Wear] shorts or leggings above the knee and a tank top.
Equipment class length: Provided free of charge_
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro tip: Cross-train in many areas: sword, dagger, unarmed combat, wrestling, boxing, and physical training
Award-winning fitness coach Walter Lewis has trained contestants competing for Miss USA, Miss International, and Miss DC International. He’s the author of The 4 Secrets to Healthy Living for Busy Professionals and has trained over 1,000 businesspeople, helping clients build lean muscle and burn fat in his acclaimed boot camp classes and personal training sessions. Whether the goal is weight loss, muscle gain, or simply to build strength and increase energy, Walter has a plan to shape up clients’ bodies and reshape how they think about fitness.
Instructors Marsha Banks-Harold and Erika Gary both have degrees in electrical engineering, a discipline strongly rooted in science and logic. It's their shared love of the spiritual discipline of yoga, though, that brings them together at PIES Fitness Yoga Studio. The studio stays versatile, with yoga styles that range from high-intensity hot yoga to Egyptian-inspired kemetic yoga.
Yoga's the main attraction here, but clients can also take part in belly-dancing lessons, pulse-pounding Zumba classes, and kickboxing sessions led by kangaroos. If you'd rather be at the front of the classroom, you can take a teacher training program to learn the ins and outs of yoga philosophy, ethics, and poses to become a certified yoga instructor.