Eco Fitness and Blue Turtle Yoga?s fleet of trainers and instructors believe that the best way to lead people to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, is to point them toward as many routes as possible. To that end, they keep an impressive schedule of classes that includes yoga, cycling, barre, group fitness, and personal training. To give parents peace of mind during workouts, and to let youngsters blow off steam, Eco Fitness invites kids to romp through the 4,400 square-foot kids towne. There, children ages 8?12 shake off calories, excess energy, and clingy imaginary friends in bounce castles, play tag, and work on arts and crafts.
Inspired by a passion for dance that began with classical ballet lessons at the age of two, Meredith Williams took up Pilates in 2001. The graceful, core-focused discipline reminded her of the best parts of dance, and her growing enthusiasm led her to pursue her Stott Pilates certification within just a few years. Known as “Miss Motivation” to her friends, she lived up to her nickname and didn’t stop there—her success with Pilates finally led her to develop her own core-focused, quick-paced workout program, and so M Body Fitness was born.
Today, Meredith’s classes target and strengthen core muscles with innovative whole-body vibrational floors and bodyweight suspension training. After equipping her students with bosu balls that create unstable surfaces ideal for toning stomach muscles, she leads them through quick cardio bursts that liquidate fat faster than a soap company’s closing sale.
Shawn Kephart, the founder of K180 Fitness, uses his own experience struggling with body image and weight loss to lead his students towards their fitness goals. His comprehensive regimen approaches fitness from eight core areas, using a 20,000 square foot gym ergonomically designed for motivation. Certified trainers—many of whom have overcome body image issues, disabilities, or chronic illness—lead classes and personal training sessions, and the gym is also equipped with a full-service kitchen and private lockers and showers.
Megan Dolby has spent three years training students in the flirty fitness possibilities inherent to pole dancing. Whether selecting the three- or six-week courses, students of all skill levels tone muscles as they learn a series of spinning tricks, transitional dance segues, and inverted windsock impressions during the interactive classes. Whether you want to impress a significant other or find more expressive ways to raise the flag of South Carolina, pole dancing is an invigorating way to rehearse sassy moves and work up a sweat. Groupon holders should call Pin-Up Pole Dancing for a current class schedule. Megan's love of foxy fun does not end at pole dancing, and after initiation in the aluminum tango, prior clients may wish to plan a flirty dance party through her other business, Bachelorettes and Beyond.
Though Pure Barre is inspired by ballet, clients shouldn’t expect to hear the scores of The Nutcracker or Swan Lake at Pure Barre Charleston. Motivational music pumps through the speakers as clients use ballet barres to achieve core strength for better balance, performing isometric movements to help tone muscles, burn calories, and lift the seat. The movements are designed to protect the joints as they strengthen and elongate the muscles, and they can improve tone in the abs, buttocks, hips, and arms.
Elyon Boutique Spa owner Leah Whatley lends more than a decade of spa experience and training with celebrity makeup artists to her massages, facials, makeup applications, and waxing and sugaring hair-removal services. Whether she's reviving skin with asian herbs during The Green Body Peel, a natural alternative to microdermabrasion treatments, or helping bodies glow with a silky sugar scrub or implanted light bulbs, Whatley strives to give each client a personalized experience.