Sisters Rachel and Amy Taylor have done a lot of things together. They both fell in love with ballet at a young age and both achieved impressive hallmarks in their careers as dancers—Rachel danced for the David Taylor Dance Theatre and taught at the Alvin Ailey School, and Amy studied at Juilliard and danced for the Garden State Ballet. Eventually, they both wound up studying Pilates at the original Pilates Studio, taught by Joseph Pilates' heir Romana Kryzanowska. Now, they engage on another co-sisterly journey with The Pilates Center, where they impart the exercises they learned to new generations of Pilates practitioners.
Instructors utilize both classic mat work and reformer machines to introduce beginners to the art of Pilates. The studio encourages as many of it students as possible to strive for instructor certification, as that often sets people on a lifelong quest for health and empowers them to speak in a haughty German accent.
Jungle Cat Fitness's trainers help clients to achieve their physical fitness goals with dynamic, 60-minute boot-camp workouts. Through the course of five-week sessions, the enthusiastic trainers lead campers in a variety of exercises including kickboxing, circuit training, and core work to carve lean and toned physiques, leaving previous body doubles unemployed. The ever-rotating exercise lineup staves off boredom and keeps muscles from becoming accustomed to repetition, which can render workouts ineffective. Before launching into a program, participants undergo a health evaluation with a trainer, who then places them into a camp suited to their needs based on their overall fitness level and any current or previous injuries. Those seeking one-on-one sessions can opt for a personal-training package, working toward their fitness goals with fully tailored routines and undivided attention.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
At over 90 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Johann Sebastian Bach would have probably enjoyed working out at Quickfit Fitness Studio. The studio’s chandeliers, damask wall coverings, and ornamental mirrors are very fitting of the baroque period. However, this vintage look is juxtaposed against roomfuls of modern fitness techniques and tools, such as herbal body wraps, comprehensive weight-loss programs, and vibrating exercise machines that were inspired by Paul Bunyan’s cell phone.
In 1959 German dancer Lotte Berk turned a back injury into the beginnings of a fitness phenomenon. Whether it was clairvoyant foresight, a prophesy spelled out in alphabet soup, or just plain stubbornness to dance her way through an injury no one knows, but her combination of ballet training and rehabilitative therapy formed the foundation of The Lotte Berk Method exercise studio. In 2001, after decades of running her own Lotte Berk studio, journalist and entrepreneur Burr Leonard teamed with a physical therapist to refine the movements of this workout to target specific muscles while reducing the impact on joints. The result became known as the Bar Method. Since the opening of Burr’s first studio, The Bar Method franchise has grown to 65 locations in 18 states across the United States and British Columbia, Canada. More than 80,000 students take these classes per month including celebrities Drew Barrymore, Ricki Lake and Anna Paquin.