Stott Pilates is a contemporary take on the original Pilates method. It incorporates modern innovations in exercise, with extra attention paid to spine and joint health. For example, students may perform particular moves with a curved back in order to restore the spine's natural shape and keep muscles balanced. Despite these differences, Stott Pilates boasts many of the same benefits as its predecessor: leaner muscles, improved strength and flexibility, and a stronger core. At Om Sweet Om Pilates Center, practitioners learn this method in mat classes, private lessons, and equipment classes, which incorporate accoutrements designed to intensify the effects of Pilates.
In a spinning class, the goal is simple: pedal as much as you can. This an easy goal to achieve at PEDAL Spin, thanks to classes that combine energizing music and visuals to make riding a stationary bike even more fun than the real thing. Different instructors inject their own personalities into their classes, ensuring that no two workouts are quite the same. But regardless of who's leading them, spinning classes always boost the heart rate, build strength in the core and legs, and provide an excuse to break out the ol' riding hat.
Founded by instructor and former street performer Maria Bernhard, Pilates Studio M hones torsos and limbs with Pilates mat and circus-inspired aerial silk classes. Open to all ages, Pilates ($70 for five classes) helps students focus and breeds full-body discipline, as the deft articulation of extremities makes doing the robot more attainable. The core-focused one-hour sessions have been helpful in treating everyone from scoliosis patients to those in post-surgery rehab. Although long practiced by certain worms, humans only recently caught on to the health benefits of dangling from silk. Two-hour aerial classes ($40 each), taught by professional suspenders, let participants increase muscle tone and flexibility while bearing their own weight as they hang from silk bands.
WundaBar Pilates relies on the intelligently designed WundaFormer, a Swiss army apparatus that combines a reformer, Wunda chair, jump board, and ballet bar into one sinew-sculpting machine. Armed with the knowledge gleaned from a complimentary Intro to WundaBar session, students delve into a host of 40-minute classes that engage muscles with simple routines emphasizing proper form in the face of fast-paced progression. Strength & Length sessions forge slender muscles and a cast-iron core while minimizing the joint stress that can accompany other workout regimens. Heart rates similarly pulse during Cardio Blast classes as students orchestrate a kinesthetic symphony of unfurling limbs and blushing arteries, shedding unwanted calories while toning the 12 muscles typically used to accuse a neighbor of stealing your TV remote.
After struggling with yo-yoing weight and self-image issues, Nancy Schopp reached a point when she became, as she puts it, "sick and tired of being sick and tired." So she got moving, reaching her own fitness goals and then helping others do the same.
Today, she stays busy leading up to a dozen classes every week. Her fellow instructors enthusiastically share the high-energy class load, teaching the newest blends of cardio and strength-training in X-Ripped and Zumba Xtreme NRG sessions. Experienced yogi Anne Gonzalez makes Vinyasa yoga's flow of poses accessible to yoga devotees, newcomers, and those just now discovering that their arms bend more than one way. In addition to group classes, the instructors also lead personal-training sessions and small-group training, supplementing cardio and resistance workouts with dietary guidance.
At Pivotal Athletics CrossFit, a team of professional trainers motivates exercisers to become fitter and healthier versions of themselves. They lead guests in functional workouts, which are designed to make everyday physical activities easier, such as climbing stairs or chasing down cows for dinner. CrossFit's collegial?but competitive?character means participants are constantly pushing one another to higher and higher levels of performance, while also instilling a sense of accountability in one another. Their Workout of the Day, an ever-changing roster of functional movements, might include powerlifting, gymnastics, or tire-flipping on any given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health, regardless of age.