As instructors move through the flowing postures of the Vinyasa style of yoga, the studio’s vintage oak floors gently creak in time. The constant movement builds up an internal heat in students' cores, reminiscent of the sunlight pouring through picture windows and reflecting off the yellow walls. These open sessions invite practitioners of any ability, although beginner level and advanced courses gear lessons to more specific needs and mats not quite ready to unroll all the way. Mighty Yoga’s mission is to openly welcome those seeking the gifts of yoga practice, lavished on not only the body in the form of increased flexibility, but also on the mind in the form of increased calmness. That’s why the studio’s instructors constantly repay those gifts by hosting donation-based workshops that give back to local, national, and international charities.
As the morning begins, a row of toddlers takes turns tumbling feet over head while their parents guide them into the correct movement. Later, school-age kids sit in a circle, legs stretched before them as they try to touch their toes. The trained staff of My Gym Children's Fitness Center imbue kids with life skills through music, physical activities, and games. Many classes incorporate physical exercises with social and developmental skills, while summer camps are also available seasonally. All classes take place in a well-padded room, led by staff trained in child development and fluent in Muppet.
Certified yoga instructor Molly Cornell and her staff at Melt Hot Yoga guide guests through a series of flowing poses in a studio heated to 105 degrees. Yogis of all experience levels gather on the yoga room's vinyl mats to wind their way through a series of 26 poses paired with breathing exercises.
Pulse Fitness Studio's students finesse footwork in daily classes set in a sun-drenched studio built for specifically for dance. As an overhead sound system cues up international tunes, Zumba students step into a party-like class atmosphere where an instructor demonstrates the fat-burning shimmies of Latin-inspired choreography. Pulse's varied Zumba curriculum also includes Zumba Toning, Zumba 101 for first-timers, and Zumba Gold, where instructors take the dance steps' intensity down a peg for those with physical limitations. Using further dance-hall inspiration, hip-hop boot camp coalesces funky cardio with resistance training facilitated by weighted boom boxes. Wind down rhythm-fatigued muscles in yoga or Yoga-lates sessions, which combine the core whittling of Pilates with stretch- and flexibility-centric yoga poses.
For students looking to build muscle and strength, coaches turn fitness routines into fun, engaging workouts that students can look forward to, with everything from high-energy boot camps that build endurance with military exercises to toning, tightening T-n-T courses designed to firm up cores and glutes.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Tia Falcone wasn't always the muscular fitness afficionado she is today. In fact, there was a time when she was extremely overweight. It was only after she developed a fitness plan and healthy eating habits that Tia won her slim physique and sculpted abs, and eventually went on to earn her certification as a personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Today, Tia pulls from her unique experiences and years of training to help clients reach their fitness goals at her own studio—Tia Falcone Fitness. Within the bright space, Tia conducts personal-training sessions and group fitness classes such as kickboxing and body sculpting. She leads her students through high-intensity cardio and strength-training exercises using functional equipment, including exercise balls, resistance bands, and kettlebells.