Autumn Sun Yoga ushers its students toward inner calm and core strength with one-hour classes held during lunch breaks and evenings. Each session commences with a period of silence that transitions into deep, restorative stretches. Instructors gradually engage every body part by demonstrating fluid yoga postures, and they conclude the class with savasana techniques for breathing and supine relaxation. The teachers stress that yoga's benefits—including improved posture, detoxification, and flexibility—are optimized by long-term practice, not by bribing the sun after your salutations. They recommend that guests return three times a week for three weeks in a row to best observe the art's positive effects.
Certified trainer and nutritionist Joshua Fountain has centered his life around physical fitness, boasting an impressive resumé that lists stints as a former U.S. Airborne Ranger, a professional MMA fighter, and a boxer. With the help of his wife, Charlotte—who is also a certified trainer, nutrition coach, and marathon runner—he puts his extensive and diverse background to use motivating clients to blast through their perceived physical limitations. Together, the duo helps clients of all fitness levels reach their goals during indoor boot-camp workouts, which the trainers proudly liken to CrossFit programs sans the weight-training aspect. Instead of relying on bulky weights or machines, they craft regimens that incorporate custom functional movements, muscle-sculpting kettlebells, medicine balls, and suspension exercises designed to isolate key muscle groups.
In addition to private and small-group personal-training sessions, they offer complimentary nutrition coaching that follows the Paleo lifestyle, a natural dieting system that eschews refined, processed foods in favor of vegetables, lean meats, and candy that's only made of vegetables and lean meats. They also sell AdvoCare supplements and cleanses designed to pump up energy levels and metabolism.
Equipment: Rogue, Concept 2
Students should bring: Water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
CrossFit workouts are motivating on their own, as are our enthusiastic staff and clients.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
They can schedule nutritional consultations and mobility sessions.
The staff page of Engage 2 Dance's website reads like a recipe for rhythm and fitness: take one athletic trainer, one nutritionist, and one choreographer, then mix well in a supportive setting. The trio channels their different backgrounds to propel private clients and group classes alike toward their goals, whether those goals are toned muscles or a groovy wedding flash mob. With a variety of classes, such as Zumba, which is all about working out in a party-like atmosphere, to a posture class that uses stretching and flexibility to engage core areas of the body, each class is a total workout. They even host rehabilitative workouts for those who have been injured or require special training attention.
After a five-year apprenticeship to an international award-winning tattoo artist, Lollie set off on her own to decorate bodies at Precision Body Art. Here, Lollie adds to her portfolio with self-described “girly tattoos” and scrolling lettering—some of her specialties. The former apprentice is now an educator herself, teaching tattoo seekers what to look for in a studio, what kinds of questions to ask tattoo artists, and how to conceal old “mom” tattoos from their new moms.
BFitCor was founded by powerlifter Mike and karate black belt Julie Baker, and pits clients against lethargy and excess weight during 50- to 60-minute boot-camp sessions. Trained instructors rally physiques of every fitness level for a combination of cardio, strength, and core work, encouraging up to 25 attendees with supportive words and a full-body foam bullhorn costume. Body-weight exercises, such as pushups and pull-ups, tone triceps and bolster bellies, and weightlifting incorporates objects humans have designed specifically for fitness purposes. To further supplement rounds of interval training, a complimentary nutritional consultation steers stomachs toward wholesome edibles and away from swedish fish guilty of protein fraud.