Carey Long’s professional interest in fitness stems from something personal. After experiencing the early passing of his parents, Carey decided to focus his fitness approach on prolonging life. Racking up certifications in physical therapy and strength and conditioning training, Carey began developing Real Life Fitness, a system catered to regular people who want to improve the quality and extend the longevity of their lives. The system seeks to boost energy, address chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, and promote physical activity, all while keeping in mind the time limitations and challenges of everyday life.
Within the hot-pink walls of Teaze Fitness, certified pole trainers monitor each guest as women of all backgrounds and builds laugh in the face of gravity. The team teaches clients how to climb, spin, and strut around the studio's poles during a signature aerobics workout—one that blends pole dancing with yoga and mat Pilates for a full-body burn. They also uphold a one-pole-per-student rule, so poles don't shy away from unfamiliar fingerprints by turning into ropes and collapsing to the floor. With private parties and additional lessons on chair dance, flexibility, and yoga, the curriculum motivates ladies to unleash their moxie in a judgment-free zone.
At Define Fitness Studio, co-owners Dana Guillory and Lauren Villa help exercisers get in shape one interval at a time. Their fitness classes include a mix of high-intensity interval training and simply named classes such as Define, which incorporates deep stretches for improved flexibility, and Release, which mixes yoga and isolated core work. During Torch classes, exercisers burn calories using tabata interval training, an intense four-minute series composed of 20-second exercise periods, 10-second rest periods, and 0.01-second crying periods.
Foxy's Fitness Center encompasses a trio of workout facilities—including a women's-only club on Old Hammond Highway—where trainees sweat through group, semiprivate, and private sessions. With cardio and strength machines for self-guided reps, as well as DotFit nutrition guidance for all ages, the centers cater to guests of every fitness background. Exercise classes entail engaging actions, from cycling in studios to calisthenics to otter-cuddling contests in the indoor pools.
Yoga Bliss elongates muscles and empowers equilibrium through a range of tailored stretching sessions, with several frequently offered course types and more than 35 sessions on the weekly schedule. The Ashtanga Primary Series, derived from meditative Hatha yoga, bolsters spiritual as well as spinal alignment, and hot yoga melts away stressors including toxins, muscle tension, and ice sculptures shaped like childhood bullies. Neophytes begin their evolution into veteran yogis with Basics seminars, and the gentle/restorative session's slow motions and measured breathing accommodate aspiring back-benders with injuries sustained during previous workouts or backyard wrestling matches. Students can stretch out on their own mat or rent one from the studio for an additional $2.
Geaux CrossFit builds physical skills and delivers dramatic fitness results with CrossFit’s style of short, intense, and creative workouts. The CrossFit program whips fitness-forward men and women into optimal shape with a range of maximum-intensity, functional exercises, giving students the strength and confidence to stand up to the 5 year old who knocked over their sandcastle. Routines conjure sweat with pull-ups, crunches, and Terminator-esque powerlifting or build balance and coordination with basic gymnastics. Students will struggle up climbing ropes and demolish condemned buildings by swinging giant kettlebells into their crumbling foundations.