From a six-month journey across the Indian subcontinent to graduating as one of the first yogis ever to be certified by Baptiste yoga creator, Baron Baptiste, there’s seldom been a dull moment in Lisa Black’s 12-year history with yoga. She even invented her own style of yogic practice called Shakti Vinyasa yoga in 2003. With the help of a fleet of instructors that she personally certified, she brings her wealth of experience to each class she teaches through Shakti Vinyasa Yoga’s four studio locations.
All four studio locations provide a venue for renowned yogis to visit and hold workshops while passing or levitating through town. The brightly lit, hardwood-floored rooms have hosted such experts as Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, and Ana Forrest.
Pilates Plus's workouts combine traditional Pilates exercises with the principles of SPX fitness for a workout that keeps muscles burning until they hit failure, boosting strength gains, and speeding students toward full-body fitness. Each session on the studio’s schedule empowers students to work toward five fitness goals: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, and body composition. The signature 40-minute workout routine, much like a life-or-death chess match, combines high intensity with slow, controlled movements. Students saddle up to the specialized Megaformer machine, a cousin of the traditional Pilates Reformer, which resists students' stretches, pushups, and lunges to provide a high-tension muscle workout without putting any stress on joints, the spine, or students' clockwork wind-up gear. After completing a class, Pilates Plus practitioners further benefit from excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, which keeps the heart beating faster, calories burning, and nearby trees clocking overtime photosynthesis hours.
Founder Heather Scearce started practicing Pilates in 1998 after she suffered a severe back injury in a car accident. As it turns out, Pilates became an essential factor in her recovery, fueling her desire to help others discover the beneficial exercise form for themselves. In addition to one-on-one sessions, her staff of trainers at Conscious Body Pilates also host private group Pilates sessions that can be customized to allow friends, families, and sock-puppet troupes to work out in tandem.
Scearce and the team have equipped their studio with quality Pilates equipment. For personal training, the studio offers a weight-training area with stability balls, dumbbells, medicine balls, and weighted body bars, and for cardio workouts, clients can hop on a Precor treadmill, elliptical trainer, indoor rower, or a spin bike. To keep the space fresh, professional cleaners regularly sanitize the facility, and staffers offer hand sanitizer and towel service.
If the ground happens to shake at the intersection of Central Avenue and Lake Street, don't assume it's an earthquake. It may just be the trio of 83-lb. subwoofers thumping inside the Bassline Fitness studio. There, the custom sound system—accompanied by two 180'' video screens—pumps beats as groups pump weights in a variety of fitness classes led by energetic instructors. During Bassline's signature Mashup class, the brainchild of owner David Fox, members exercise their freedom to design their own workout, free to spend the entire hour on the spinning bike or mix it up by hitting the rowing machine or lifting a treadmill over their head. Meanwhile, in an adjoining space, smaller-sized groups sweat their way through a balanced blend of cardio and weight training known as Lean425.
Diets, traditional medicine, and exercise regimens all work best when people keep one thing in mind: Everyone’s body is different. Vitality Pilates Studio's instructors, some of whom boast more than a decade of experience, understand this basic truth, tailoring their teachings to individual bodies. They blend both traditional Pilates practice with newer teaching styles in introductory classes, private lessons, and multilevel training classes that may integrate apparatus and prop work. To accommodate those who want to dive into Pilates more extensively, they offer an instructor-training course.