The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The Pilates Studio is home to certified instructor Bess Knopp, whose experience and enthusiasm have helped limber up scores of Carolinian limbs, muscles, and tendons. Tenderfoots with tender tendons and full-fledged Pilates pilots alike can hone in on their health by focusing these private sessions on their individual needs. Partake in prenatal or postnatal exercise, post-physical therapy work, or more general strength training to bulk up for the ultra-competitive uncle lifting contests at future family reunions. Call ahead to make an appointment for your first foray into the Pilates core forest.
YogaFlex employs 16 accredited instructors to bend limbs and minds into harmonious configurations. Choose from more than 35 weekly classes, offered in tissue-tweaking styles including deep stretch, therapeutic Ashtanga yoga, and toxin-wicking hot yoga. All sessions are lead in a friendly and comprehensive manner, with overtones of constant challenge and encouragement. Because the studio’s supply of yoga mats is limited, students are encouraged to bring their own cushy rectangles from home.
Shift shape by stretching and toning at Pilates Body Shaping, located in 8th Street Studio. For $30, you get five Pilates group mat sessions, a $75 value. Each class is 50 minutes of total-body conditioning, giving you 250 total minutes of strengthening and lengthening muscles on the studio’s premier equipment. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
A man of many talents, Antonio Rendon keeps clients healthy in their bodies and minds. Through his website, myTrainerAntionio.com, the personal trainer schedules sessions for individuals or groups to stay active through such activities as boxing, spinning, salsa dancing, or boot camp. Kids improve their speed, power, and dexterity in basketball camps, and self-defense courses teach adults to tackle real-world threats, such as falling pianos. As a lifestyle coach, Antonio combines a focus on mental discipline with an understanding of fitness and nutrition, helping his charges revise their diets and drop unhealthy habits, such as eating cigarettes.
At NC Yoga, students step outside of their stressful daily routines to find peace and harmony through stretches and careful breathing techniques. The studio presents one-hour classes for children, teens, moms-to-be, and seniors of all levels of fitness, whether they've never touched a yoga mat or spent the last 30 years in a headstand. During Vinyasa sessions, certified teachers show groups how to weave deep breaths and traditional poses together in a flowing, dance-like sequence. In contrast, Iyengar classes focus on lengthy poses that foster strength, balance, and proper alignment. Or you can sweat it out in Power Fusion sessions, which takes place in an 80-degree room to loosen muscles and unfreeze joints covered in ice. Beginners can pose at their own pace in Yoga 101 classes or enroll in private sessions, in which an instructor gives more personalized tips. In addition to leading yoga and dance classes, the studio operates a boutique that sells T-shirts, sticky mats, and instructional DVDs.