Sacred Streams has classes to suit every lifestyle, including bodhisattvas, those expecting regular babies, and those seeking increased flexibility and inner peace. For a fast, fat-burning ride of flowing poses, test-drive a vinyasa class, or dive downward-dog first into the slower, more-deliberate hatha practice. Those hoping to free up stored energy can opt for the rapidly moving kundalini practice, while those in need of a self-pampering can cozy up to a restorative class rife with pillows and blankets. Buy one for yourself, and gift the guys from your sewing circle or the ladies from your crocodile-wrestling club to join you on your journey across the yogaverse.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may chisel, strengthen, and balloon muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of a trained instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others promote salubrious bodies with full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
Body by Frame employs a team of dietitians, personal trainers, and nutritionists to help each client achieve a well-rounded lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular workout regimens. The fitness center offers a flexible schedule of small, focused group fitness classes, but the individualized approach is where the gym really gets a chance to shine. During intensive 50-minute small-group training sessions, personal trainers motivate you through exercises that build strength and cardiovascular endurance.
Founded by experienced trainer Mariah MacDonald, Revelation Fitness tailors its intense, result-focused workouts to suit each participant. Sweat miners at the group level (classes of four or more) meet two to three times a week in one-hour sessions, receiving individual attention from their trainer as they sprint, lift, and biathlon their way back to hand-modeling shape. RevFit online trainees will be guided through nutrition and workout plans by their trainer, who keeps tabs on them with daily phone calls and emails, as well as weekly photo check-ins and measurements. Heart-rate monitors track the exertion of exercisers in both programs and diet software makes for a nutritious snack. For more information, and photos of weight-loss results, visit Revelation Fitness' Facebook page.
Maximum Taekwondo & Yoga's two disparate workouts cover the spectrum of exercise. Taekwondo offers cardiovascular and strength training under the tutelage of former Navy man Brad Perkins, a martial arts teacher for 23 years. He focuses just as much on mental discipline and enjoyment as he does on the applied combat techniques of his martial art. On the other side of things, a team of seven yogis teaches seven kinds of yoga, helping build strength and flexibility through slow, controlled motion. They even tailor certain series of asana specifically for kids and teens, using stretches that benefit growing bodies and help kids feel like they have some control over how tall they turn out.