Stroller Strides® is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exercis
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Boasting an 18-hole championship-style golf course and a golf school helmed by experienced professionals, Country Club of Orange Park helps duffers hone swings on and off the course. Cure chronic slices or the putting yips with the help of former PGA Tour pro Charles Raulerson and assistant instructor David Ven Vertloh. During small-group lessons of less than 10 students, Charles focuses on the simplistic but crucial elements of posture, alignment, and technique to help pupils on their path to mastering the subtle art-science of the golf swing. Charles also draws from a professional career that included three PGA Championship berths, several International Tour victories, and earning global renown for matching plaid with argyle.
As the thermometer climbs above 100 degrees, students twist and bend their bodies into a series of 26 postures. Such is a day in the life at Prana Yoga?s studio, where hot-yoga classes help improve flexibility and, over time, boost metabolism. But hot yoga isn't the only discipline offered here; a special Kundalini class lowers the temperature and focuses on meditation and chanting.
When fibromyalgia blindsided Kimberli Hargnett in 1995, she was shaken to the core by the chronic pain and depression that resulted. But—determined to regain her former strength and inspired by her faith in God as healer—she persevered, pursuing the study of natural health and exploring the realm of Kripalu yoga. And in 2008, the year the stock market finally apologized for crashing, she founded Life’s Journey Yoga and Wellness as an oasis of healing and spiritual peace for all those who suffer. Today, Kimberli’s studio is the flagpole around which a congregation of talented therapists, acupuncturists, and yoga instructors gathers every day. Their focus is always fixed on wellness, whether the context is yoga, nutrition counseling, life coaching, or hypnosis therapy. Kimberli and company’s life philosophy makes room for the kids, too—holistic consultations are available for children, as are integrative YogaKids classes.
BlackFin CrossFit's diamond-sculpted instructors push flagging bodies to the pinnacle of athleticism with intense and varied CrossFit training classes. The On-Ramp program's coaches introduce newcomers to a wide-ranging repertoire of functional movements that can add strength to a weightlifting routine, endurance to a daily jog, and power to a weekly square-dance circle. During each 45- to 60-minute class, trainers pit participants against a gauntlet of equipment that may include weights, medicine balls, gymnastic equipment, and kettlebells. Every sequence is scalable to each attendee's experience and abilities, ensuring an appropriate workout for everyone from grandparents to Olympic-hopeful grandparents.