Deb McCormack wears her fitness inspirations on her sleeve in the fusion classes she teaches at Mind-Body Exercise. Though her routines revolve mostly around Pilates and yoga, she pulls moves from a slew of unconventional styles, such as qi gong, tai chi, belly dancing, functional fitness, and capoeira. No matter the class, she aims to help her students feel mentally centered and focused while building stronger physiques so that they can experience how a bodybuilder feels walking a tightrope. None of her class styles—which also include yoga, boot camp, Pilates, and Zumba—require students to be flexible or, in the case of Zumba, experienced dancers.
Paula Brown has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1999, ever since she discovered that yoga went beyond mere exercise. As a registered Yoga Alliance instructor, she draws on techniques developed 2,500 years ago in India. Each posture cultivates flexibility and strength while calming the mind and fostering health. Paula's style is based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, a yoga master who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Iyengar's method is unique in that he emphasizes proper alignment, timing, and sequencing while moving between postures.
All of Paula's 14 instructors offer daily classes and private sessions inside the more than 9,000-square-foot Yoga Space studio, built in an old bank and furnished with eco-friendly paint, all-natural air, and an abundance of light. In addition to three yoga rooms, the studio includes a healing center that offers massages and more, an outside patio, and a tea bar. When students finish their classes, they can browse through the studio's store, which is stocked with yoga mats and clothes made with organic cotton and recycled karma.
All programs at Pinnacle Performance Institute spring from its foundational Youth Speed & Strength class, where middle-school-aged participants learn how to train for sports long-term, seeking to master correct training styles and avoid injuries later in life. High-school and college student-athletes build individual blueprints of their needs and goals in Athlete P.A.S.S., which not only measures their strength, flexibility, and biometrics, but also school performance. And AthleteFit classes grew out of a desire to also help adults, who can no longer get fit while playing tag, swinging on monkey bars, or lining up to go to recess. Tailored workouts target more mature bodies, mixing lifting, speed, agility, and other types of training to burn calories and tone muscles.
Equipment: Medicine balls, dumbbells, bosu balls, sandbags
Students should bring: Towel ,water
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come with a open mind to workout and have fun getting in shape
Pulling from their years of study and diverse experiences, the instructors at Inner Bodyworks Yoga Studio conduct a variety of yoga classes inspired by Ashtanga, Anusara, and Vinyasa styles. Along the hardwood floors of their sunlit yoga studio, they lead students of all athletic abilities through poses and postures designed to build flexibility and strength while calming the mind. The versatile instructors also offer a corporate program, journeying to local businesses to lead employees through rejuvenating and relaxing yoga sessions.
The Training Ground proves that it's possible to do a pushup without your hands ever touching the ground. In the fitness studio's TRX Suspension Training classes, exercisers instead plant palms inside rings hanging from the ceiling. They push and pull against the rings throughout the workouts, which pit body weight against the tug of gravity. For a more traditional routine, customers can opt for a coed or women-only boot camp.