The Xtreme Edge gleams with row after row of cardio machines and a wall of free weights that would put Popeye's personal collection to shame. These are the tools that students use to help tone muscles and burn fat in high-intensity bootcamp classes. Beyond that, there's little you'd find in a typical gym. Flashing lights and pulsing music give the Zumba classes a palpable energy, as 75-foot screens display videos of Paul Bunyan–sized exercisers doing Zumba. Spin classes take place in a "theatre studio" that makes participants feel like they're biking through the great outdoors. You can also hone coordination in yoga sessions or exotic Bollywood dance classes. A team of experienced personal trainers is on hand at the gym to augment the enjoyability of these endeavors by motivating students and sharing pro tips for fitness and nutritional lifestyle changes.
The passionate and experienced lead instructor of Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo‘oko‘a, Lisa Fujii Chang, helms classes designed to introduce beginning hip swayers of all ages to the arts of hula and Tahitian dancing. The month-long adult hula class focuses on basic steps and hand motions, training students to tell stories using long undulating motions, much like a snake moonlighting as the village minstrel. Children starting at 3 years old can indulge in the relaxing Hawaiian tradition in 12-week-long children's classes that teaches young dancers the rudimentary facets of hula.
Ataraxia Wellness Concern borrowed their name from an ancient Greek term used to describe a state free from worry or preoccupation; a state, which in their belief, can be attained through the power of laughter. With their laughter-yoga curriculum, the Ataraxia crew share a therapeutic art form that was created in 1995 by Madan Kataria, MD. Although Dr. Kataria was living in India at the time, his method for self-induced wellness has spread to 65 countries around the globe.
Instructors use eye contact and their own chortling bellows to induce laughter without cracking jokes or hiring one to three stooges on staff. They blend childlike playfulness with yogic breathing, working in themes such as disco dancing or pirates to stimulate the body’s natural release of endorphins and serotonin. In addition to considering it as a form of emotional and psychological catharsis, they believe laughing may also help improve cardiovascular and pulmonary function since laughter itself can be an aerobic workout. Even if their students aren’t in a laughing mood, they encourage them to come and chuckle anyhow, as just faking a chuckle can be enough to trick the body into feeling better.
Born To Ride Cycle and Fitness is a spinning-only fitness center, meaning this is the place for anyone serious about cycle fitness. Inside this spacious, mirror-lined studio, state-of-the-art Schwinn AC Performance Plus stationary bikes are lined up and ready to be pedaled furiously during the Mid-Morning Motivator class, during which sprints, climbing, and intervals are propelled by heart-pounding music. Additionally, the Rider’s Bootcamp sessions, much like trying to carry a greasy anvil up a set of stairs, promise to “leave your legs shakin’.” Instructors here are passionate about the health benefits of spinning, and strive to make both their personal training sessions and their group classes fun, motivating, and completely addictive.
At Tilton's Gymnastics, founder Lori Tilton and a staff of instructors lead lads and ladies through the intricacies of floor-based gymnastics and tumbling exercises. Teachers make an effort to learn students’ abilities and personality on an individual basis, using their intel to determine the most appropriate class for them. At their location, students caper and gambol in a supportive atmosphere free from competition or posters of Béla Károlyi’s stern, uncompromising mustache.
Some people never use their brain to its full potential, whereas others stretch their brain far beyond its potential—and try to take over the world. At Power Brain Training Center, certified brain-education trainers fuse traditional Asian mind-body practices with the principles of neuroscience to create a curriculum that teaches adults and children how to properly manage the power of their brains. The center utilizes its own five steps of brain education to help people reduce stress, improve concentration, lose weight, and have those long-awaited telepathic conversations with their pets. The trainers use a combination of physical exercise to amp up blood circulation and mental-fitness exercises to help the brain become more adaptable. Mindful breathing and confidence-building exercises work to release negative emotions and refresh the brain. Finally, the trainers teach their pupils to implement the principles of their training in daily life to help students master and control their brain's potential for good.