The Pilates Loft's owner, Beth Elkins, is not only a Core Dynamics–certified instructor, but also the creator of her own version of Pilates dubbed the Elkins Method Pilates technique. Between the exposed brick walls of her boutique studio, Beth and her two instructors teach her core-strengthening method to students of all levels during mat and tower equipment classes. By keeping each class in a private, two-person, or small group format, instructors can give one-on-one attention to each student to ensure every stomach curl, leg lift, and arm detachment exercise is performed safely.
Equipment: Vault Boxes, Spring Floor, Parkour Obstacles, Rail System, Warped Wall
Students should bring: Clean Shoes
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be creative and try something new with your friends
In summing up his gym's philosophy, co-owner Brian Sieteski puts it simply: "Parkour does not discriminate, everyone is welcome." At The Next Level Buffalo, the US Army veteran and his staff call upon their collective passion for movement to help students consider new ways of interacting with the objects surrounding them. Throughout the two-room facility, participants vault over bars and obstacles during parkour classes and free-running sessions or practice tumbling on a springboard floor.
Gary Majchrzak has traveled the world in search of meaning and spiritual awakening, but his journey began in the unlikeliest of places. In the musty confines of a public library in Buffalo, Majchrzak was first introduced to hatha yoga in a book that illustrated the style's distinctive poses and practices. That book planted a seed that would grow for 25 years, until he took a trip to Europe and a sequence of remarkable events found him trekking through the Himalayas in Nepal.
Fast-forward another couple of decades. Majchrzak is now a full-fledged yogi who runs workshops and classes in kundalini yoga, a style he learned in Seattle from Yogi Vikashananda and practiced during pilgrimages to Nepal. A step above hatha, this unique style of yoga is all about advancing one's consciousness through breathing and focused mantras. Perhaps it's his nomadic nature that has led Majchrzak to start his mobile business, Have Mat Will Travel. He leads his workshops at places around town, such as the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.
Brandon Monin makes the most of the space at One Up Sports Performance and Wellness. As head trainer and instructor, Brandon leads personal-training sessions and group workouts that use the equipment at his disposal to push clients toward their fitness goals and develop skills in a variety of sports. The experienced strength and conditioning coach has experience studying and analyzing sport movement that he uses to design plans for athletes in a variety of sports, including soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. He specializes in evaluating and assisting in golf fitness, holding a certification from Titleist Performance Institute. He shares his knowledge in a 4,000-square-foot studio that features a spread of weight-training equipment and a special area that resembles grass so athletes can feel like they're training on a field or inside an alien zoo exhibit meant to resemble their habitat.
In part, owner Jeremy Guarino defines his fitness center by what it isn't. Build a Machine Fitness has "no ellipticals, no smoothie bar, no mirrors, no TVs," its website states. Instead, explains the personal trainer and former Recon Marine, exercisers lift heavy objects and move them long distances while heart-revving music plays. This philosophy guides the entire fitness center. It's most notably present in the intense, daily-changing cross-training classes, which put Jeremy's certifications in CrossFit and yoga to use. In addition to cross-training, the studio offers group and individual personal-training programs.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that?s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student?s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.