When Bodhi Tree Yoga Studio owner Krista Risner first attempted yoga exercises along with a DVD, she wasn't impressed. The workout didn't seem strenuous or fruitful. But once she summoned the courage to visit a studio, she was struck by yoga's effect on not only the body but also the mind. Now a staunch devotee, she and her staff of instructors teach yogis of all experience levels how to become better attuned to their bodies and minds through flowing postures and breathing exercises.
The folks at Shift Fitness Training cultivate a welcoming atmosphere in their enormous studio. The space, which looks like a playground for adults, is flooded with vibrant greens and aquamarine blues that run along the walls and the two-story obstacle course. One corner is stacked with exercise balls, power balls, and massive tires that gave up their dream of joining a clown car. TRX suspension equipment dangles between two sets of stairs, used for training and classes. Shift Fitness has also invested in fitness technology, including a Bod Pod that quickly calibrates body composition as guests sit back and converse with it using conversational binary. During fitness classes, trainers tutor groups in the basics of functional fitness, combine cardio cycling with TRX strength training, or lead them through whole-body Body Fit workouts. For those who'd rather break away from the pack, personal trainers work with all fitness levels, from beginning exercisers to those seeking advanced sports conditioning.
A team of licensed aestheticians and massage therapists keep Cascade Day Spa afloat with their expertise in therapeutic body treatments and skincare. The spa's resident massage therapists release tension and stress from muscles and joints with a slew of techniques, including localized deep-tissue and sports therapy, full-body Swedish and European massage, and reflexology for the feet. Meanwhile, the salon's aestheticians, Tamara, Victoria, and Inna, administer nearly 20 kinds of facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and a galvanic anti-aging treatment, which uses electrical currents to trigger cell regeneration and recharge red reindeer noses. For excessive fuzz scattered across the face and body, the skincare specialists use the soy-based Nufree hair-removal system, laced with skin-soothing botanicals and antibacterial ingredients.
A canopy of sturdy yellow TRX straps and plump, heavy bags hangs down from the ceiling at FloresFitness, waiting for willing guests to hold on tight or pound away. Whichever implement visitors choose, certified instructors will shepherd them along to help build lean bodies and strong cores. At FloresFitness, kickboxing and boxing classes pepper heavy bags with a flurry of punches while also allowing students to step in and duke it out inside a real boxing ring. Nationally certified TRX instructors teach exercises that build muscle while also challenging the core muscles, and kettlebell classes build the hip speed vital to improving one’s softball swing or Saturday Night Fever impersonation.
A person dangles above the ground in a hammock, elongating their limbs and modulating their breath. It's not a leisurely afternoon in a backyard, it's just another day in aerial yoga class at Point of Balance. The yoga studio's certified instructor, Kara, guides students through a variety of inventive classes such as this. She teaches a flow course that emphasizes constant movement and an aqua class that emphasizes swimming the English Channel in one breath. Not only does Kara accommodate students of all yoga skills, from beginner to advanced, but she can also use American Sign Language to boost the inclusiveness of her curriculum.
The facilities of inferno Fitness & Sports span 25,000 square feet and include a full-size basketball court, a private CrossFit studio, and an octagonal cage. Inside that cage, members can practice skills learned during classes taught by veteran coaches. The gym also offers combat conditioning classes that fuse aerobic exercises with self-defense techniques and calorie-burning Zumba classes set to latin, hip-hop, and salsa music.