Hot Box Yoga's cadre of yogis, some of whom have nabbed their 200-hour certification or spent time learning the art in Asia, helps students foster emotional poise and physical strength. Instructors guide their charges through a schedule packed with yoga styles, including core-forging Ashtanga and time-tested Hatha. Within the studio's 4,400 square feet of stretching space, hot yoga sessions usher toxins out of the body by harnessing the flexibility-boosting powers of warmth in the sun-soaked studio. Those gestating tiny humans can build strength, flexibility, and bottle-juggling skills through gentle prenatal yoga classes.
Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, shiatsu massage chairs stand at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
Inside True Fight Club, many students learn to double their number of striking limbs: muay thai kickboxing, colloquially known as "the art of eight limbs," trains fighters to move beyond arms and legs to utilize their hands, elbows, shins, and knees to battle opponents. The gym prioritizes safety above all else during its 60-minute classes, and so equips sparring pairs with protective pads. Accomplished instructors are also on hand to teach classes in Brazilian jiu jitsu and folk-style wrestling, which both focus on grappling and bringing a foe down to the mat, though their methods vary in origin and execution.
Alternatively, boxing classes cover footwork and maneuvers for offensive and defensive strategies. In addition to practical work, each session includes a workout component with bodyweight exercises that is designed to increase overall strength and prepare contenders for sudden-death sit-up contests in the ring. Regardless of their specialty, the instructors cater their lessons to suit all experience levels and ages. Their after-school programs guide children as young as 5 through self-defense routines, as well as building confidence, fitness, and a sense of discipline. Likewise, adult programs tone physiques and impart poise, whether pupils are seasoned competitors or first-timers.
Within the serene confines of its Smith Street studio in Union City, Worlds Yoga preaches a simple philosophy?that precise posture and alignment can usher an empowered life transformation. It's hard to argue with the results, as the compassionate instructors use a hands-on approach to adjust myriad poses in a wide selection of methods. Classes touch on hot yoga methods such as Power and Vinyasa, restorative methods such as Hatha and Hot Stone, and even dance methods such as Zumba.
The experienced instructors at Nia Underground elevate pulses and tone bodies with a one-two punch of high-energy Nia and Zumba fitness classes. Designed to balance body, mind, and spirit, Nia classes merge vivacious dance steps and martial-arts moves with the liberating feelings derived from shoelessness during fun, full-body cardio workouts set to energetic music. Zumba classes, on the other hand, move to the pulsing rhythms of Latin and international music and feature a potent dose of interval and resistance training to burn calories. With a schedule featuring sessions seven days a week, classes welcome up to 60 exercisers per workout to foster a communal environment and to recruit members to form the largest bluegrass band in the lower 48.
With an ERYT certification from Yoga Alliance, more than 200 hours of training, and 2,500-plus hours of teaching experience under her belt, instructor Umang Goel strives to instill mind-body wellness in her students during classes in a variety of yoga modalities. During classes that can be filled with children and adults alike, Umang emphasizes the connections among the physical, spiritual, and spandex aspects of yoga practice, encouraging students to perform challenging poses as they clear their minds through meditation, which she studies in basic and advanced courses at the Art of Living Foundation. Umang incorporates life-coaching skills into classes such as laughter yoga, helping students of all skill levels reap a host of benefits, including stress reduction, increased body awareness, and sharper vision in the third eye.