Integrity Health Coaching For Women never closes. The workout machines, free weights, and various other equipment at the women-only fitness center remain accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More importantly, Integrity Fitness is committed to helping women achieve their fitness goals at a reasonable cost without forcing them to choose between a good value and high-quality amenities. That's why Integrity includes a personalized meal plan, small group classes, and custom workouts in their memberships. They even provide progress reports so their members can see their health improving and track their weight loss without having to hand out "Lost" flyers all over town.
Between exposed brick walls and tall rectangular windows, students twist and twirl from fuchsia and turquoise silks strung from the 20-foot-tall ceiling. Led by upbeat and friendly coaches, each participant in the center’s aerial programs tones muscles while learning how to perform circus arts. But at their core, the classes are all about creating artful expression while enhancing strength, balance, and flexibility. To that end, aerial Pilates classes strengthen abdominal cores and aerial yoga classes take place about 12 inches off the ground, allowing students to understand how David Blaine feels when he does yoga.
Though personal trainer and group exercise instructor Nicole Detellis fell head over heels for fitness in 1987, it wasn't until she discovered yoga that she found total-body wellness. It was this realization that led her to her life calling: teaching others how to cultivate harmony between their outer and inner selves. Fueled by this newfound passion, Detellis became a certified instructor and complemented her training by studying holistic-healing techniques at the California College of Ayurveda. Today, she works alongside a team of passionate teachers to put her training into action during small group classes that, unlike boot camps designed for lackadaisical tomato plants, encourage students to grow at their own pace.
In the studio's range of classes, teachers mainly adopt a Hatha Vinyasa approach, weaving poses and breathing exercises into a slow-paced, dance-like flow. They can also help participants hone their technique during one-on-one lessons, as well as melt stress with reiki energy-balancing sessions and ayurvedic consultations.
At Strength in Balance NH, instructor and veteran dancer Becki Somers ensures that women who frequent her studio obtain the long, lean muscles and overall slender physiques of a dancer. Her promise of a ballerina's body is an easy one to keep, since each of her fitness classes incorporates the ballet barre. For example, at Ballerobica, her students switch between the barre and yoga mat as they perform basic ballet moves to stretch and tighten muscles. They do the same while rapidly performing cardio barre's series of Pilates, yoga, and dance moves.
Dena Carbone has spent 16 years practicing yoga, and in that time she has earned a Hatha certification from the AFAA, rigorously studied the Kripalu style of yoga, and even opened her own studio. At the appropriately named Yoga…Redefined, Carbone draws on her knowledge to blend the Hatha and Kripalu styles in an innovative class available to students of all levels. She has also developed a signature arsenal of modifications, some of which are designed specifically for breast cancer survivors and sufferers of many autoimmune conditions.
Carbone’s thoughtful twists on traditional poses make yoga accessible to anyone. She has even been known to get playful from time to time, as is the case in a Yoga Funk session set to an upbeat soundtrack. Other classes focus on teaching moms to practice yoga with their newborns or helping teens deal with the awkward tails they grew in puberty.
When Brandy Hill opened her own studio, she named it after the banyan tree. This massive plant supports itself by perpetually extending new branches and roots—a quality that symbolizes eternal life in Hindu mythology. At Banyan Tree Yoga, she and her team of seasoned instructors hope to give students a sanctuary where they can put down roots and find balance through yoga, during a range of classes that range from therapeutic restorative yoga for women, to strength-building Vinyasa sessions.
Inside a spacious studio equipped with yoga blocks, a children's play area, and cubby holes for hermit-crab poses, yogis and their progeny can bond during Mommy and Me yoga, and moms-to-be can offload some of the muscular tension that comes from carrying an littlun in Prenatal classes. To set tots off on a lifelong path to fitness, Family Yoga sessions bring families together in an environment that is much more supportive than Dr. Spock's famous school, The Ignoratorium.