Sunlight spills through the windows of InTone Pilates, pushing through lush plants to warm students' muscles as they bend and stretch. Here, instructors teach fitness as a means to transform the body, mind, and spirit, stressing the value of relaxation as much as exertion. Each instructor designs one-on-one workouts and small-group routines, tailoring isometric exercises to participants’ needs as they demonstrate how to use specialized equipment such as Pilates Reformers, towers, and trapezes. During classes, the teachers walk their pupils through efficient, low-impact moves to target the abs and back, helping students build enough strength and balance to bench-press a hippo while walking a tightrope.
Experienced and novice yogis alike are welcome at the Yoga Spot, where the friendly, experienced instructors lead classes in a relaxing, noncompetitive space. Group classes have the feel of a private session, thanks to the instructors' careful attention to each student. They lead a variety of yoga classes as well, from invigorating Vinyasa sessions to prenatal yoga.
Blond hardwood floors, earth-toned walls, and red curtains set a soothing stage at Body & Soul Central's studio, where women of all ages and ability levels come to practice seven styles of yoga. The certified instructors, who include professional dancers, give personalized attention in helping each pupil unite the body, mind, and spirit while boosting flexibility and toning muscles.
Green Spa and Wellness Center has received recognition from neighborhood guides and politicos alike for its eco-friendly business practices and top-notch services. Within this three-story oasis, a team of therapists is joined by a master acupuncturist and an in-house doctor to deliver skin treatments, massages, and holistic healing. Visitors might stop in for organic facials and naturally derived body wraps that revitalize pores, waxing and threading treatments that defuzz the furry parts of birthday suits, or vegan polishes that leave nails pretty and free of bacon bits. Designed as a place where clients can spend the entire day, the spa also offers light, healthy lunches, a garden for high tea, and adult libations.
At Health & Well Being Physical Therapy, a polymath staff of licensed physical therapists and certified Pilates and barre instructors helps clients stay in shape through programs that build strength and flexibility. Small class sizes allow instructors to practice more personalized instruction, whether in Pilates mat classes, yoga lessons, or barre sessions that hybridize Pilates and dance.
Luba Lipo always had trouble maintaining a healthy weight, but her biggest hurdle came when she gained more than 70 pounds after the birth of her first child. Looking for a diverse workout plan, she hopped from studio to studio to try out new classes. She then realized that there was a niche to be filled: fitness seekers needed a place that offered a slew of different classes under a single roof. With that realization, Challenge Fitness Training was born. Luba's studio fits the bill with its lengthy list of class styles, including spinning, yoga, Body Sculpt, pole dancing, and Zumboxing, which combines dance-inspired Zumba aerobics with kickboxing moves. For clients seeking a more personal experience, Luba also offers semiprivate group training.
A lifelong fitness enthusiast and longtime trainer, Helen of Helen's Intensive Pilates was overjoyed when she first discovered pilates in 1996. Drawn to the elegance and power of the basic movement exercises, Helen mastered the form, eventually opening her own studio to help others improve their flexibility, balance, and core strength in a supportive, group environment. Today, Helen's three studios offer standard pilates as well as a variety of hybrid takes such as Yogatoning, which mixes pilates movements with yoga stretches, and Piloxing, which makes use of boxing and pilates.