Pilates Chattanooga’s experienced instructors help clients tone and strengthen their cores using Joseph Pilates’s century-old fitness system and tummy-targeting specialized equipment. The studio's robust calendar boasts morning and evening classes to accommodate students with overstuffed day planners and overstuffed day planners looking to lose a few reams after business hours. The studio teams Intro to Pilates students with a personal coach who tailors an exercise plan to suit their goals, fitness levels, and cartoon-watching-marathon schedule. In addition to teaching postures to help bolster spine and torso muscles, this private, 45-minute session imparts the basics of proper form and the fitness philosophy behind Pilates exercises. Instead of cultivating flexibility in a petri dish, students learn to stretch their way toward long, lean sinews during one-hour apparatus classes, using resistance trainers such as wunda chairs and half-trapezes in small groups of up to four students.
STAT Fitness's private studio and serene green roof serve as a carefree setting for exercisers to stretch their limbs while they follow the lead of encouraging fitness trainers. During the studio's personal-training and group sessions, workout gurus launch participants toward their fitness goals by engaging their bodies in fun exercises that incorporate yoga, Pilates, and dance maneuvers. In front of mirrored walls and exposed brick, students can huff and puff through a trio of group classes that last 60 minutes each, about as long as it takes to wash a tuba with a toothbrush. During these sessions, the staff puts a pronounced emphasis on building camaraderie among exercisers.
North Shore Yoga's spacious studio is a monument to all things yoga. Instructors lead a wide array of sessions designed to include practitioners of all ages and abilities. They demonstrate meditation, stretching, and windmill-dunk techniques in calming yin-yoga classes and help build strength and stamina in energetic power-yoga classes. The studio's lifestyle center looks after little ones in the childcare area, outfits people with yoga wear and accessories from the boutique, and maintains spaces for wellness services, such as acupuncture, nutritional consultations, and massage therapy.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Covered in jagged faces and colorful tape, the climbing spaces at Urban Rocks Gym challenge mountaineers of all skill levels. More than 100 top-rope and lead-climbing routes rise up to 35 feet, with both relaxed vertical paths and grip-testing overhangs. A separate kids' wall offers lower altitudes for aspiring climbers, bolstering their confidence once they reach the top. Topped by an amphitheater-like roof, the 3,000-square-foot top-out-bouldering area enables participants to live out their dream of becoming a stalactite with a 60-degree wall, overhanging arêtes, and a maximum height of 14 feet. Those returning to the gym will find that its routes are regularly recalibrated, with 15 new top-rope routes and 25 new boulder problems every week.
At Movement Arts Collective, co-directors Tara Phillips and Stacey Nolan spread their love of dance and movement to visitors of all ages through yoga classes, belly-dancing lessons, and creative movement classes for toddlers and children. Specialized yoga conditioning for belly dancers classes blend Phillips and Nolan's two specialties, through yoga lessons that focus on the hips, core, and spine. Conventional Vinyasa yoga classes introduce participants to various postures and breathing exercises. In creative movement classes, kids explore dance using hoops, balls, and ribbons.