At Essential Hot Yoga, formerly Sumits Yoga, students stand squarely on the hardwood floors of the heated studio. Instructors lead them through 75-minute classes, fusing inspiration from Hatha and Ashtanga power-flow styles of yoga to create a dynamic and fluid practice. Essential's two styles of hot yoga cover a sequence of balancing and energizing physical postures, called asanas, set to motivating music. The practice room's hot and humid atmosphere warms and relaxes muscles more effectively than a bear hug from an actual bear, helping yogis to reach deeper stretches.
Coos, gurgles, and tiny handclaps form a soundtrack for Stroller Strides classes, one-hour sessions that are part play group and part workout, helping moms and tots forge friendships as they build strength, coordination, and flexibility. Certified instructors lead intervals of power walking and toning exercises that sculpt the entire body more effectively than bench-pressing babies. Workouts incorporate easy-to-use tools such as resistance bands and the strollers themselves, as well as environmental elements such as hills and trees during warm weather. Classes welcome moms of all fitness levels and babies who are 6 weeks old or who can grow a full beard. Stroller Strides also develops online resources to help moms connect with one another and work out in their homes.
The Experience Dance & Fitness's instructor and owner Amanda Eames—a certified personal trainer and Zumba instructor—has developed rock-solid dance technique throughout her 20 years of dance training. Her skill and creativity blossomed under the instruction of such industry masters as Mia Michaels and Debbie Reynolds. Now, she and her staff help adults and little ones hone dance skills and shape up muscles through a diverse roster of group exercise and dance classes, which include cardio conditioning, Zumba, and core-strengthening Pilates. Kids’ dance classes foster a healthy lifestyle in little toe tappers as they learn such important techniques as leaps, shuffles, and the funky chicken.
Combat Fitness’s coaching staff boasts a number of professional pugilists, most notably UFC bantamweight fighter Scott Jorgensen. They each bring their own particular specialty to the table, filling up the roster of classes with seven types of combat training, including boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and judo. They round out the selection with conditioning courses designed to get participants into fighting shape, using TRX suspension harnesses to provide full-body, low-impact workouts.
Body Renew Fitness's boot camps ($149) keep clients engaged and bodies guessing with a slate of workouts that vary from session to session. Boot campers will partake in the latest strength and conditioning exercises in the camps—held Mondays through Fridays—as they grow under the guidance of Body Renew's certified trainers, skilled in the ways of the push-up and the worth of positive thinking. In addition to fat-searing workouts, boot-camp members will learn all about the basics of nutrition with Body Renew's Solutions program. Get educated in the scientifics of body-fat percentage, body-mass index, calories, basal metabolic rate, and more—everything you need to grill the fat out and transform your body into a sizzling-hot specimen of leanness. And unlike many other outdoor boot camps, Body Renew Fitness gives its students access to indoor gym amenities ($40) and state-of-the-art exercise machines, allowing you to add new colors to the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly that is your fitness regimen.
In becoming a Pilates instructor, Erin Creagan gave up the ocean for a calm, birch forest. The switch came after countless injuries in her hips and shoulders—the results of swimming in national-level, open-ocean competitions. Erin turned to Pilates as a strengthening regimen, and found that it helped alleviate her symptoms as it toned and slimmed her body. From there, she immersed herself in training. Erin completed an 800-hour certification program, worked at several gyms, and eventually was able to open her own studio.
Breathing Room is a serene, supportive space, with murals of birch trees lining soft brown walls. Reformer machines and mats take up the floor, often in partnership with props like magic circles or small hand weights. During classes, Erin and her staff combine Pilates fundamentals with modern methods to address each client's needs. Mat sessions encompass classical Pilates movements, whereas barre classes incorporate the ballet barre as an exercise tool or a dramatic joust after a fit of rage. The studio also hosts private and semi-private lessons, which allows instructors to craft personalized workouts based on specific goals.