At Dancing Dogs Yoga, community springs from vibrant routines of bends and balances. Here, owner Shelley Lowther and a team of seasoned instructors cultivate a nurturing environment with warm greetings and personal attention. As a trainee of Baron Baptiste—a trailblazer in the world of power Vinyasa yoga—Shelley has built the studio around athletic, breath-fueled poses that bolster strength, flexibility, and focus. The signature Baptiste power Vinyasa routines unfold in an 85- to 90-degree room designed to deepen stretches and evict toxins. To help beginners build a sturdy yogic foundation, Basics classes place an extra emphasis on pose alignment. Yin sessions explore yoga’s softer side with lengthy, floor-based poses, and massage therapy melts lingering tension with strokes as soothing as a bathrobe made of chamomile flowers. When she’s not teaching classes in Beaufort or Bluffton, Shelley records yoga-themed podcasts, helms community-outreach initiatives, and serves as an ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project.
Located on Hilton Head, Z4 Fitness Studio is the only Zumba-only fitness studio in the area, offering a variety of Zumba classes taught by certified instructors. Here, clients dance easy-to-follow steps to upbeat latin music while burning calories and toning their cores, arms, and legs. Every class is different, but each class is laid-back and fun—a high-energy workout designed to feel more like a party than an exercise routine.
With its sights set on community health, Lava 24 Fitness Club houses a mélange of exercise space and high-quality equipment for all conditioning capacities, as well as experienced trainers who host an array of workout classes. In the energetic atmospheres of the Savannah and Hilton Head Island locations, one-month members can let their muscles nosh on a variety of physique-enhancing offerings, including cardio and circuit equipment, group-training rooms, and weight machines for pro-grunt pinkies. Hilton Head Island members can sculpt their shapes with Cardio Pump courses, which combine compound movement, eclectic cardio exercises, and chiseling core work. Savannah's power yoga class practices progressively intense poses, and students in the cardio kickboxing course build strength and cubicle-kicking skills.
Powerhouse Gym's heart-thumping classes and perspiration-powered machines tirelessly help mold musculature and chisel features within its vibrant walls. The one-month pass (a $50 value) gives guests unlimited access to 31 group classes each week. The sessions cover a range of approaches to fitness, arching spines with yoga, twisting hips with Zumba, and elevating tonsils with power yodeling. The cardio area houses dozens of calorie-destroying, TV-equipped contraptions to assist in tidying up heart chambers and fine-tuning ticker timing. The locker rooms cocoon patrons transforming into their workout alter egos with earthy tones and supply complimentary toiletries as to help them shed hard-earned sweat.
CombatFitnessHH has reimagined traditional circuit training so it's more applicable to the everyman—and much more fun. During boot-camp-style workouts, a skilled instructor pairs dynamic movements and agility exercises with sledgehammers, tractor tires, and heavy chains, improving clients' strength in every plane of motion. Over time, the body adapts to these workouts, and better performs everyday tasks such as carrying groceries or performing celebratory dances after spiking another log in the fireplace.
CrossFit's supportive staff encourages fitness enthusiasts of all levels to reach their fitness goals utilizing intense, varied group workouts. During the CrossFit BootCamp, participants embark on an exciting, physique-sculpting program, designed to build strength, stamina, and endurance without monotonous routines or cybernetic implants. A certified CrossFit trainer leads the small group sessions, which build on preceding lessons and focus on mobility, flexibility, and technique. Though boot camps tend to be demanding and subject to stressful celebrity appearances, the challenges of CrossFit's energetic curriculum are offset by the camaraderie between participants and trainers. Classes generally meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; be sure to call for specific times.