Since 1996, fitness guru Chanelle Neilson has shaped bodies into acrobatic lawn ornaments, and on March 1 of this year, she opened Balanced Life Yoga to cater to the pose-deprived denizens of Beaumont. Connect body and mind without the use of kite string with a 10-class punch card, which grants access to relaxation and family yoga sessions taught in the flowing Vinyasa method. Up to 45 human paperclips twist and turn in dizzying synchronization during classes that last between 30 and 60 minutes, with three morning workout opportunities offered per week and additional classes forthcoming. Balanced Life Yoga’s padded floors comfortably support downward-facing dogs and sideways-rolling armadillos, and yoga mats may be brought from home or borrowed from the studio.
Combining the individual attention of personal training with the supportive environment of a group class, CrossFit Awaken's instructors lead workouts designed to provide an accessible challenge for students of all fitness levels. They provide feedback throughout each session, ensuring that everyone practices safe, proper form while allowing attendees to scale the load and intensity of each exercise as they see fit. Each high-intensity workout is designed to help patrons improve their functional movements in every-day life?such as lifting, running, throwing, and jumping?with a combination of exercises to enhance their strength, stamina, and flexibility. And although every workout begins with stretching and a brief warm-up, no two workouts are ever the same. One day, a workout might include squats to help guests travel quickly up stairs, and the next it might include medicine-ball tosses to help them hoist heavy objects.
However, the CrossFit regimen doesn't focus on physical fitness alone. The workouts also promote healthy minds and bodies by helping students push themselves to new heights and develop the mental fortitude needed to make healthy lifestyle changes.
In Block Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot gym, certified trainers create a motivating and welcoming environment while teaching a system that anyone can learn. The inclusiveness of CrossFit is what drew owners Joe and Chris to CrossFit in the first place. They wanted to create a place where a sense of community could blossom, as well as fitness. As they perform functional movements at a high intensity, encouragement to reach finish lines and meet goals abound from both trainers and students. Besides that positive reinforcement, they keep everyone engaged by changing routines daily and avoiding the boredom of repetition.