For The Yoga Studio’s owner Pik Chu, yoga has been much more than just an exercise routine. An instructor for more than 10 years, Pik believes yoga has helped her to overcome an early-life diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis that she was told would confine her to a wheelchair. Now wheelchair- and medication-free, Pik runs The Yoga Studio, which offers a versatile schedule. Classes range from gentle yoga sessions that focus on simple breathing techniques to restorative yoga that combines energy work with visualization. The Yoga Studio also specializes in offering aerial yoga, which utilizes soft fabric hammocks that allow individuals to suspend themselves in the air while practicing traditional Hatha techniques and making sure that gravity still works. Beginners start by alternating between using the hammocks and regular yoga mats in order to ease students into new techniques.
The staffers at The Right Stuff Health Club strive to make their gyms a welcoming place for exercisers of all abilities. They keep their suite of Life Fitness cardio equipment sanitized and sparkling so patrons feel comfortable as they pedal bikes or somersault over and over again on top of treadmills. Multiple TVs keep everyone entertained as they do reps on strength-training machines or use free weights. In addition to group fitness classes such as boot camp, step, cycling, and yoga, members can meet with personal trainers for one-on-one sessions that are customized to their fitness goals, from losing weight to competing in a marathon. For those with little ones, the onsite daycare center enables them to workout without strapping their spawn to their backs.
The expert trainers at Energeia Boot Camp take personal stock in motivating each member to reach his or her fitness goals. Through a combination of fitness coaching, nutrition advice, and positive support, they take an active role in keeping their charges accountable to themselves. Their more than 30 boot-camp sessions per week meet morning and evening, rain or shine, leaving clients with no excuses to stay home to try to remain perfectly still for 24 hours. The sessions challenge members with an ever-changing lineup of routines that incorporate running and stair climbing, conditioning drills, and strength and resistance training that campers tackle at their own pace. This variety keeps muscles from becoming accustomed to the workouts, rendering them ineffective, and prevents workout burnout.
To further motivate their patrons into action, the staff members help them track their progress during regular fitness assessments. Clients can also sign up for personal-training sessions to make progress toward their goals in a one-on-one setting.