Inside The Yoga Pioneers? 105-degree studio, students stretch while reaching for inner peace with relaxing, expert-led poses. Shoes siesta as bare feet are cushioned by natural cork flooring. The eco-friendly radiant heating system helps loosen muscles and facilitate stretches. To bolster students? physical health, teachers ensure 60- and 80- minute classes cycle through traditional poses that challenge the body to bend and balance like a slinky walking a tightrope. Filtered air circulates around the 1,200-square-foot studio, cleansing lungs as pupils practice deep-breathing exercises. After class, students may decompress with a shower, and share experiences while munching TYP's famous apple treats in the lobby.
CM’s Fitness Studio presents exercisers with a relaxed, socially-driven environment for working out alongside friends both new and old. The facility’s team of nationally certified instructors—which includes international instructors from Chile, Cuba, Cambodia, and Europe—infuses every class with expertise and energy, as well as global flair. Six days per week, they helm results-oriented sessions of Zumba, yoga, hip-hop, and more, plus Zumbatomic, a dance class designed specifically for kids aged 4-12.
Velocity Sports Performance connects its certified coaching staff to small groups during fitness training programs designed to challenge casual exercisers or sharpen athletes' competitive edge by building strength, agility, and speed. The limit-expanding one-hour adult sessions whip small groups into finer fettle, focusing on coordination and movement. Each session switches up routines to inject high-energy fun, increase metabolism, and keep muscles from getting bored and reading celebrity gossip. During the 60-minute youth program, up to eight youngsters work alongside their dedicated coach, increasing their body awareness through running drills, coordination activities, and strength-building routines.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.