With a new location at Folly Rd., Barre Evolution Method helps guests in a safe and fast way to tone their arms, thighs, glutes, and abs as well as lift seats with exercises using a ballet barre. Instructors are trained on a wide variety of techniques, allowing for an experience that varies with every visit. Offering classes that cater to all fitness levels, instructors focus their attention on correct posture and alignment during the low-impact workouts. Instructors provide special attention for prenatal students and students with injuries. Supervision is available at the Mt. Pleasant location for participants’ children during select classes.
Taylor Morris skillfully juggles duel careers in medicine and fitness, and channels the knowledge she’s gained from both into her meditative yoga and core-building Pilates classes. This certified personal trainer strives to overhaul lackluster group fitness programs by providing each student with proper adjustments and corrections to help them tone up their physiques. Within her sunny, airy studio, walls studded with inspirational affirmations and an accountability board help students banish negative body images and keep themselves on track, and on select days, Taylor's team of motivating, certified instructors take their calming yoga classes outdoors, allowing guests to sun salute and photosynthesize in the fresh air.
After each class, instructors pass out refreshing eucalyptus or lavender towels to students who wish to linger and relax amid the lobby's calming water features or browse inside the retail shop, and an aesthetician is also on hand to perform complexion-nourishing facials or upper-body-waxing services.
The staff at Pilates of Charleston believes that the cost of fitness classes should never prevent one from getting in shape—that’s why they cap the price of their group fitness classes at twenty dollars. In these classes, as well as in private sessions for one or two, they teach the art of Pilates. Created by Joseph Pilates, the practice strengthens the mind-body connection while chiseling the core. Dedicated practitioners report feeling taller, leaner, and stronger; other benefits include improved balance and endurance, both especially beneficial prior to running a tightrope marathon. Pilates of Charleston’s instructors also lead specialty-training workshops for pre- and postnatal students, as well as spine-corrector sessions to gently rehabilitate injuries. They round out their repertoire with barre classes—ballet-inspired toning sessions—and cardio-heavy jump board classes, which strengthen cores and shape legs in 45 minutes.
Since 2004, the staff at Core Essentials Pilates has relished the opportunity to watch students master the precise movements of Pilates, which bring balance, flexibility, and strength to the body. Mat- and equipment-based classes use the body's own resistance to toughen moves instead of resistance borrowed from bankrupt magnets. Classes take place seven days a week, and the staff recommends that patrons take part in two-three sessions per week for optimal results.
At Island Fitness Studio, bodies learn to defy physics, becoming at once firm and bendable. That's because the instructors specialize in tightening cores and enhancing reach. Their group Pilates, yoga, and Beyond Barre sessions coach muscles in the art of balance, extending limbs upward during hot Vinyasa sequences and leveraging focused, dance-inspired stretches against a ballet barre. Other classes, such as TRX suspension training and spinning, complement these flexing routines with resistance and cardio workouts.
Power Pilates–certified teachers also lead private apparatus sessions. They familiarize clients with the Reformer, Tower, Wunda Chair, and other props, all of which develop patrons' posture and strength more safely than fusing steel beams to their skeletons. Regardless of the number of people involved in a lesson, the guides personalize their approach to suit varying goals and fitness levels. The studio can even furnish advanced students with Power Pilates and Beyond Barre certifications.
At Select Fitness, plate-loaded weight machines clink and chime as a sea of runners pound out miles on treadmills equipped with personal LCD TVs. The cardio deck’s assortment of ellipticals, summit trainers, and cycling machines help carve off calories while free weight workouts define muscles. Along with a slate of aerobic and group fitness classes, including ripped, yoga, and kickboxing, members take advantage of the gym’s basketball court and cardio theater as well as creature comforts including a juice bar and full service day care center. Personal trainers are also available to provide clients with necessary tools for toning the body, shedding fat, and how to maintain their physique.