A man of many talents, Antonio Rendon keeps clients healthy in their bodies and minds. Through his website, myTrainerAntionio.com, the personal trainer schedules sessions for individuals or groups to stay active through such activities as boxing, spinning, salsa dancing, or boot camp. Kids improve their speed, power, and dexterity in basketball camps, and self-defense courses teach adults to tackle real-world threats, such as falling pianos. As a lifestyle coach, Antonio combines a focus on mental discipline with an understanding of fitness and nutrition, helping his charges revise their diets and drop unhealthy habits, such as eating cigarettes.
Let a sense of calmness drape your body like the linens of a Grecian princess by feeding yourself the grapes of today's Groupon. For $30, you get access to any five group yoga classes at 8th Street Studio, a $75 value. Bring your Groupon into the studio to receive your punch card so you can track your remaining sessions.
The Pilates Studio is home to certified instructor Bess Knopp, whose experience and enthusiasm have helped limber up scores of Carolinian limbs, muscles, and tendons. Tenderfoots with tender tendons and full-fledged Pilates pilots alike can hone in on their health by focusing these private sessions on their individual needs. Partake in prenatal or postnatal exercise, post-physical therapy work, or more general strength training to bulk up for the ultra-competitive uncle lifting contests at future family reunions. Call ahead to make an appointment for your first foray into the Pilates core forest.
At NC Yoga, students step outside of their stressful daily routines to find peace and harmony through stretches and careful breathing techniques. The studio presents one-hour classes for children, teens, moms-to-be, and seniors of all levels of fitness, whether they've never touched a yoga mat or spent the last 30 years in a headstand. During Vinyasa sessions, certified teachers show groups how to weave deep breaths and traditional poses together in a flowing, dance-like sequence. In contrast, Iyengar classes focus on lengthy poses that foster strength, balance, and proper alignment. Or you can sweat it out in Power Fusion sessions, which takes place in an 80-degree room to loosen muscles and unfreeze joints covered in ice. Beginners can pose at their own pace in Yoga 101 classes or enroll in private sessions, in which an instructor gives more personalized tips. In addition to leading yoga and dance classes, the studio operates a boutique that sells T-shirts, sticky mats, and instructional DVDs.
The staffs of Omni Health and Fitness Center and Club Fitness want to be a one-stop shop for their members' fitness needs. The clubs vary in size from 50,000 to 30,000 square feet, all stocked with more than 75 cardio machines, tens of thousands of pounds of free weights, and strength-training equipment from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness. Parents can drop their kids off at the Kids Zone or Children's Nursery before pumping iron or grabbing a spot in the cardio cinema room, an area that, like Jack LaLanne’s living room, allows people to work out while enjoying a movie in surround sound. The gyms' trainers, meanwhile, lead one-on-one training sessions, as well group fitness classes that range from yoga to popular Les Mills classes, including BodyPump. After workouts, members can cool down at the smoothie bar.
YogaFlex employs 16 accredited instructors to bend limbs and minds into harmonious configurations. Choose from more than 35 weekly classes, offered in tissue-tweaking styles including deep stretch, therapeutic Ashtanga yoga, and toxin-wicking hot yoga. All sessions are lead in a friendly and comprehensive manner, with overtones of constant challenge and encouragement. Because the studio’s supply of yoga mats is limited, students are encouraged to bring their own cushy rectangles from home.