There are plenty of ways to mix up a fitness routine from performing different exercises to working with different trainers. But how about getting fit while suspended in midair? That’s exactly what happens at Circusoul Productions, where students hang above the ground in aerial hammocks. Also known as yoga slings, these hammocks are made from one continuous piece of nylon fabric, which is strategically knotted to coddle the whole human body or a quickly cooling Thanksgiving turkey. Circusoul instructors lead aerial yoga classes both indoors and outdoors (when weather permits). Back on the ground, they provide mat-based yoga workshops, private therapy sessions, and comprehensive training programs for aspiring aerial yoga teachers.
If you turned off the music in the spinning room of Go Legs Cycle Studio, you'd think you were in the middle of a raging windstorm. An instructor sits at the head of the dimly lit room, encouraging students up mountains and navigating them down winding paths as the two 92-inch video screens play music videos. Students control their own resistance and speed, enabling cyclists of all levels to pump away on the pedals together.
After NCCPT-certified personal trainer Charles Chestnut III graduated from Western Illinois University??where he played football and studied human biological sciences??he returned to his native Florida and founded Chestnut Performance Training. The company specializes in boot camp and personal-training sessions that are held outdoors at local parks. Chestnut III taps into his athletic background during his T.E.A.M. Athletics training sessions, which help athletes improve key sports-related abilities such as speed, agility, and referee schmoozing.
The experienced fitness instructors at Sweat Studios lead students through the weight training, cardio, yoga and core work that makes up the studio's signature group fitness classes and personal training sessions. Each class style targets a different area of concern; BodyStep classes boost heart rates with height-adjustable step exercises, and BodyFlow classes fuse yoga, tai chi, and Pilates to leave participants feeling both flexible and calm, traits which prepare them for future attempts to land a burning helicopter on top of a skyscraper.
The word yoga finds its origins in the Sankskrit word "yuj," meaning to yolk or bring together. That philosophy drives the practitioners at Three in One Yoga, who take the name of their business from their desire to unite mind, body, and spirit. To do so, they take a broad view of yogic traditions, combining the modern amenity of heated room with the older tradition of vinyasa yoga. While combining breath and movement to flow through postures, they group meditates on a particular subject, sometimes secularly chosen from yogic philosophy, or sometimes embodied by a passage of biblical scripture shared at the beginning of class.
Director Michael Jasecki, a champion dancer from Poland, leads a team of professional instructors who teach a host of dance styles. Classes at Bradenton Dance Center, which has been open since 1994, range from waltz, salsa, and swing sessions to lessons focused on romantic couples' dances.