The life of a Los Angeles corporate executive didn't suit Maja Kermath, so she decided to pursue a more personally fulfilling path by moving to Austin and co-founding Kor180. The fitness studio fosters a community-minded spirit that encourages members to collectively inspire, empower, and challenge one other. Trainers help by offering professional guidance while leading group classes intended to provide full-body workouts.
Kermath focused her studio on two types of workouts: Pilates and indoor cycling. The studio was mentioned in Austin Monthly's Best of the City 2013 issue as a standout Pilates studio, and Kermath's unique perspective and passion earned her a spot near the top for both Best Pilates Instructor and Best Indoor Cycling Instructor 2013 in Austin Fit Magazine. During classes, Pilates-inspired exercises strengthen and lengthen muscles and pulsating music accompanies indoor-cycling workouts as ryders simulate cycling up a mountain or imagine that it's just a very reasonable hill.
Though they seem quite different at first glance, Tetra Fitness’s 12 group classes have a few important traits in common. All of the classes, for example, follow the lead of an elite instructor with experience in personal training and biceps strong enough to arm-wrestle Atlas to a draw. All of them also adhere to the company’s core values, which include such rock-solid maxims as “be adventurous and creative” and “do more with less.” The indoor cycling class certainly embodies these two values with its 50-minute workout that sends riders racing over hills and steep inclines on straightforward stationary bikes. The aptly named Sweaty Weights class requires students of all skill levels to “be passionate and determined” as they strengthen and tone every single muscle in their bodies. When the instructors compel their students to “embrace change,” they can reference their own Barefoot Burn cardio class as an example. This intense workout focuses on flexibility, calorie burning, stretching, balance work, toning for all the connective tissues, core strengthening, and corrective exercises for the feet.
At PureRyde, you're moved not by the bike beneath you, but by the music around you. The class's soundtrack—an ever-changing playlist of PureTunes—provides energizing beats that encourage students to pedal aboard revolutionary RealRyder bikes. As riders near an imaginary turn, the bikes bank to one side, activating the muscles in their torsos.
Though everyone seems to be cycling as one, the workout is actually customized to each rider. Guests alter the bike's resistance according to their experience level, and instructors remain on-hand to help beginners clip their rental cycling shoes to the pedals. During standard sessions, groups burn calories atop the bikes for 50 minutes. The studio also offers a PureRyde + Pilates program, which combines the cardio work of cycling with core-toning stretches and weight exercises.