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.
A team of cycling enthusiasts populates the staff of River City Bicycles, helping clients attain and maintain two-wheeled transportation. The shop specializes in sales and service of road, mountain, comfort, commuter, and children’s bikes, serving customers with a large inventory of products by top brands. The cyclery ensures a proper match between man and machine by performing a free custom fit before new bike purchases. In addition, new bike owners get a free initial tune-up to fix the stretched chains and loosened spokes that are common after the passionate first few weeks of bike ownership.
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.
Suck Creek Cycle's staff helps shoppers outfit themselves and their two-wheelers with accessories such as a pair of The Captain XC tires ($50), which keep bikes composed while rocketing over roots and mud. A trail saddle from Eleven81 ($27.99) shields posteriors from bumps and paddle-wielding police officers. Riders can fortify their bodies against the slings and arrows of the road with equipment from Specialized—gel-padded Body Geometry sport gloves ($20) ease strain on the palms, and the Echelon helmet ($60) was tested in a wind tunnel to pit its aerodynamic and cooling properties against real-world conditions.