Studio Fit's instructors accommodate students with a wide variety of wellness goals by teaching a shifting roster of group fitness classes. Mainstream workouts from Zumba and Les Mills complement those of boot camps, indoor cycling, and kickboxing, each of which can scale their exercises for participants of all fitness levels. From atop an elevated platform, licensed instructors steer students through each exercise and easily spot scurvy-fearing sea captains trying to lick the studio's lime-green walls. Staff members can also pair up with clients for one-on-one personal-training sessions.
Focused Fitness' licensed and certified instructors help their clients stay in shape with personal-training sessions and a variety of group classes. Students can tone their muscles during Ab Blast, dance to Latin rhythms during Zumba classes, or exercise their entire body during boot-camp classes.
Stephanie Babines had to fight to open her pole-fitness studio. The battle pitted her First Amendment rights against zoning regulations, and was featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today when the ACLU took on the lawsuit to get her permit. Stephanie's passion for self-expression has not faded, and today she and her instructors teach dance- and cardio-workout classes six days a week to help ladies of every age and build express themselves and achieve a sense of empowerment.
It's no surprise that Stephanie is serious about her craft. She has trained under the same choreographers who have coached Beyonce, Rihanna, and Britney Spears, and holds certifications in Advanced Pole and Hoopnotica dance. Her studio boasts amenities such as a spa and a dressing room fully stocked with towels and cosmetics. When they aren't twirling from the studio’s five onsite poles, she and her team might be throwing private bachelorette parties or fantasy photo shoots.
ACE-certified trainer and SpeedMatters founder Rob Naylor has dedicated his 15-plus-year career to coaching athletes with sports-specific and general-fitness training programs. Providing instruction for individuals or teams, Rob leads clinics in areas such as softball, football, and golf, teaching fundamental skills sets while conditioning bodies for competition. His ladies' boot camps and men’s overdrive classes whittle down waistlines and sculpt physiques into game shape, improving strength and endurance for matches of full-contact checkers.
High-school athletes seeking to showcase their talents for prospective colleges can take advantage of Rob’s College Prospects of America program. He creates recruiting profiles and videos for each athlete, and assists them with marketing while exposing them to more than 2,000 colleges and coaches. A portfolio of his clients—whom he swears are not robots—can be viewed here.
The sisters who own and instruct at Prima Yoga guide students of all experience levels through yoga poses in a heated room to facilitate deep stretching and relaxation. During a 90-minute class, limb twisters wind through 26 poses, or asanas, designed to help to increase flexibility, improve circulation, and deliver a host of mind and body benefits. Hot-yoga students focus on connecting their mind to their body with deep breathing, a sturdier alternative to fishing wire. Muscle-melting heat fills the green-walled space, which is heated up to 105 degrees, allowing muscles to strengthen and oxygen to flow. Locker rooms and showers rinse post-class yogis and let them practice their awning poses.