Certified Pilates instructor Elizabeth Thorne delights in teaching others how to be more healthy and aware of their bodies. In her group Pilates mat and prop classes, she helps students build their core strength and improve flexibility while balancing the whole body, using movements that sculpt long, lean muscles.
Fitness Lifestyles boasts such a bounty of amenities that virtually anybody should be able to find a way to get fit. In addition to the usual weightlifting and cardio equipment, there are four indoor tennis courts, a pool, and even two massage therapists on call. A full schedule of classes includes aquatic aerobics in the pool as well as dry-land calorie-burners such as boot camp, spinning, yoga, and Pilates. After a strenuous workout, head to the spa to unwind with a hot stone massage or customized facial.
Madison Pilates?s owner, Marissa Lins, founded her studio to nurture a supportive fitness community for students of all levels, including those who aspire to become Pilates teachers themselves. The staff of comprehensively trained instructors leads a schedule of beginner to advanced classes with a therapeutic approach, taking time to encourage and guide students through verbal cues, hands-on instruction, exercise demonstration, and professional-quality semaphore.
During newbie-friendly Pilates sessions, teachers introduce the basics of floor-based mat work, where pupils support their body weight themselves, and the fundamentals of spring-resisted equipment workouts, where apparatuses such as the Pilates Reformer and the Wunda chair resist or support students? movements to add strength-building benefits. Students in the intermediate- and advanced-level classes incorporate more demanding Pilates techniques while learning to monitor their own form during each smoothly controlled movement. In addition to group sessions, the teachers also lead private lessons for attendees seeking one-on-one instruction or help with their income-tax paperwork. Nestled amid a bouquet of towering oak trees, the Madison Pilates studio boasts a practice space with gleaming, wood floors and ceilings that are high enough to accommodate Paul Bunyan's coat rack.
Every Friday, Bliss Flow Yoga hosts a happy hour yoga class with healthy treats that accompany poses. It?s all part of the comfortable, beginner-friendly environment created by owner Angela Gargano, whose work has been featured in the press by the likes of the New York Times and the Wisconsin State Journal. Angela heads a staff of supremely qualified and certified instructors, each of who boasts a minimum of 200 hours of training. Together, Angela and the Bliss Flow team distribute their talents across a packed schedule, which includes daily classes and a weekly Basics Class designed specifically for newcomers.
The instructors at Hatchery Hill Yoga, a holistic yoga studio and mindfulness clinic, lead group yoga classes that emphasize breathing in a conscious manner and finding a sense of calm. Instructors are chosen on their ability to work with students of all skill levels, and small class sizes ensure that they can provide personal attention to each student. Yoga sessions, which draw from the traditions of Hatha yoga, seek to improve core strength and bolster posture. Hatchery Hill Yoga also offers one-on-one yoga guidance, therapeutic massage, physical therapy, aromatherapy, childbirth education, and counseling.
As co-owners of The Yoga Room, Elizabeth and Tammy draw on their extensive medical backgrounds to design classes that are fun and effective. Elizabeth's master's degree in public health helps her envision yoga practices that relieve students suffering from diabetes and cancer. Similarly, Tammy's 18 years of chiropractic experience help her tailor yoga practices to improve posture and strengthen seniors' muscles.
Together, they've designed a full schedule of classes that blend traditional yoga poses with Pilates techniques. These classes range in difficulty and intensity; power yoga strengthens muscles through intense, sweat-inducing poses, while restorative yoga relaxes the body more effectively than a shot of government-issued calming serum.