Personal trainer Sara O'Leary founded SO Fitness because she wanted a brightly lit studio where clients could participate in personal training, group training, and boot camps using classic equipment. Though it resulted in a great place for her to work with many of her clients, she discovered that some people felt more comfortable working out at home, so she expanded her offerings to include virtual fitness training.?Using a high-speed Internet connection and Skype, she connects with clients wherever they may be, providing real-time feedback as they work out with personal equipment at home or a favorite cafe with free WiFi.?
Sara also increased the variety of fitness options offered at her studio by bringing certified Pilates instructor Courtney Holcomb in to lead small group mat classes. The exercises focus on strengthening core and muscles while keeping bodies in proper alignment.
The certified trainers at Push Personal Fitness propel clients toward fitness goals in classes filled with encouragement and personalized tips. Like a trip to the airport in a clown car, classes are 60 minutes long and can accommodate up to 10 people. Brimming with energizing songs and high-intensity movements, kickboxing classes torch calories as they tone arms, legs, and abs. All-levels boot-camp classes build muscle mass and cardiovascular endurance with functional fitness equipment, such as gymnastic rings, kettlebells, and rowing machines. Yoga classes melt stress with flowing poses designed to cultivate strength, flexibility, and focus. During personal-training sessions, teachers motivate students to boost their heart rates and build lean, healthy muscle with 30-minute high-intensity workout sessions.
Natural light spills through a large window in Inspire Yoga's practice space to warm and illuminate students as they balance on bare feet and gracefully sweep poses. These students work their way through the studio's four signature classes, which offer challenges for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Beginners often start with Spark, mastering the foundations of vinyasa flow with poses that can even challenge those already familiar with yoga. Renew's slow-flow hatha postures also lay the groundwork for further practice, letting students stretch away tension and boost flexibility.
Inspire Yoga's schedule also includes Empower and Inspire, two classes that showcase the movement-based vinyasa tradition. Empower builds upon the foundations learned in lower-level classes, equipping students to transition between intermediate and advanced poses. The studio's most advanced class, Inspire challenges even seasoned students, integrating breathing exercises, physically challenging poses, and mind-centering meditations into a single practice.
In addition to hosting classes seven days a week, Inspire Yoga also brings workshops and advanced training events to the community, hosts private small-group sessions, and offers life coaching.
Led by a husband-and-wife team?both 4th degree black belts?the instructors at Karate America aim to develop self-defense skills of their pupils and positively impact the way they approach daily life. Each day, a variety of classes are offered for all ages and experience levels, ranging from self-defense classes for kids to cardio kickboxing classes for adults.
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, fitness frontierswomen move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis.
Experienced yoga guru Crystal Rohde guides bodies and minds to limberness with a friendly, encouraging instructional approach. Every Wednesday night, Thursday morning, and Saturday morning, Room No. 10 at the St. Therese School transforms into a yoga studio, welcoming yogis of all ages and abilities with Vinyasa-style techniques. Invigorate uptight torsos with a power Vinyasa yoga class, which combines classic yoga postures and breathing exercises for a challenging, flow-based workout. Yoga for Fighters uses the basic structure and forms of Vinyasa, which include core work and stretches, but with additional shoulder and hip stretches designed specifically for people who practice martial arts such as jujitsu, tae kwon do, and punchy fisticuffs.