At Dancing Dogs Yoga, community springs from vibrant routines of bends and balances. Here, owner Shelley Lowther and a team of seasoned instructors cultivate a nurturing environment with warm greetings and personal attention. As a trainee of Baron Baptiste—a trailblazer in the world of power Vinyasa yoga—Shelley has built the studio around athletic, breath-fueled poses that bolster strength, flexibility, and focus. The signature Baptiste power Vinyasa routines unfold in an 85- to 90-degree room designed to deepen stretches and evict toxins. To help beginners build a sturdy yogic foundation, Basics classes place an extra emphasis on pose alignment. Yin sessions explore yoga’s softer side with lengthy, floor-based poses, and massage therapy melts lingering tension with strokes as soothing as a bathrobe made of chamomile flowers. When she’s not teaching classes in Beaufort or Bluffton, Shelley records yoga-themed podcasts, helms community-outreach initiatives, and serves as an ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project.
My Gym children's fitness center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 25 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. With a dedication to imparting the benefits and fun of fitness, the affable, energetic crew of teachers and supervisors at the Jacksonville branch employs their expertise in music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while simultaneously stimulating their giggleplexes. Classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 weeks—and are designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. My Gym’s curriculum includes structured classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Whiz Kids and Champions, classes designed for elementary-aged kids to master motor, sports, and gymnastics skills. One-hour free-play sessions enable children to engage in unstructured, parent-supervised frolics on the activity-filled premises.
The next time your favorite sports team nabs a win, you may have Jerrian Sanders to thank. That's because the owner of Set Performance has trained Division I, MLB, and NFL athletes including Reggie Nelson, Billy Butler, and Marcus Stroud. When Jerrian's not helping the pros up their game on the field, he's running sports programs that help budding athletes increase their endurance, agility, and strength, and he leads boot camps and Weekend Warrior classes for adults who want to stay in fighting shape. No matter who he's working with, Jerrian challenges everyone to reach their own personal goals, whether they want to run a marathon or play full-contact chess professionally.
Although Brandi Drye and her team at Peak Physiques JAX offer one-on-one workouts, their specialty is the group setting. Classes such as boot camp and TRX suspension training burn calories, improve conditioning, and strengthen the first thing employers look for in a new candidate: muscles. It's not all heavy lifting, though. Drye and company also schedule more rhythmically minded classes such as belly dancing, capoeira, yoga, and Zumba.
In ever-varied group CrossFit sessions, high-intensity interval exercises, or highly motivating personal training, the team of coaches at Rx Elite Fitness lead clients through invigorating workouts. Interval-training courses function like boot-camp classes, helping clients spring back into shape through a menu of challenging workouts that are scaled to their abilities—which allows the difficulty to be adjusted as they become more fit and less likely to call the barbell "that thing that looks like a Q-Tip."