Within the temperature-controlled interior of what used to be a warehouse, students flow from sun salutations to standing lunges before rising into rigorous poses. At the head of the class stands the studio's founder, Julie Verhoff Pipes, relaying the athletic blend of yoga and aerobics that she personally developed from a combination of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Bikram yoga techniques.
Though softened by woven curtains and hanging lanterns, the studio's raw, industrial feel remains. The Spartan decor increases focus since the studio possesses no distracting pictures or traditional yoga clowns.
During 20 years of industry experience, Nick and Sharon Osborne have witnessed countless gym members lose interest in monotonous workouts and detached trainers. To combat exercise lethargy, they founded Go: Fitness, a center that focuses on functional training and attentive service. Either Nick or Sharon is always onsite to oversee their coaching staff during group classes and free monthly one-on-one sessions for members.
The gym's equipment?kettlebells, battling ropes, sledgehammers, and machines such as the Power Plate?complements routines that mimic real-life movements and strengthen muscles through natural actions. To round out their wellness goals, members receive access to nutrition and fitness software that helps them plan healthful meals without going to the trouble of hacking into the Food Network's mainframe.
Balanced Yoga’s two dozen passionate yogis lead daily classes that stretch and lengthen limbs through various yoga techniques. As the sun streams in through the wide windows and refracts off the shiny hardwood floors, the instructors flow with students through different poses designed to strengthen muscles and center minds. They lead classes that focus on the different traditions of yoga: Vinyasa yoga for a fluid progression of heat-building poses, Ashtanga yoga that challenges stretchers with vigorous, fixed postures, and prenatal yoga that teaches babies to om in utero. With fingers reaching toward the patterned ceilings, teachers and guests together create a community of relaxed, patient, and strong yoga enthusiasts.