SunnySide Yoga's teachers lead classes through a wide range of yoga styles, from the structural alignment of Iyengar, to the fluid movements of Taoist, or the restorative poses of Hatha. Instructors guide students of all skill levels through the basics and finer points of yoga, helping them through breathing exercises and teaching poses through the use of props, such as straps, blankets, bricks, and multicolored wigs. Each teacher draws from unique life experiences and training⎯such as studying with masters in India or using yoga to overcome an illness⎯to instill a passion for the ancient discipline in their students.
The certified and degreed trainers of Body Evolution don't judge themselves by their personal accomplishments, but by their clients' results. Greg Claycomb, an International Sports Sciences Association–certified trainer, knows that every person is mentally and physically different, so no single fitness approach will work for everyone. Trainers Vince Hogue and Tristen Hines also adhere to this principle, and use their experience to draft workout regimes that inspire clients, nurture their health, and reduce daydreams of owning a house made of Twinkies. To ensure he continues to give clients an optimal workout, ACE nationally recognized and CPR/AED-certified trainer Walt Fleitz regularly attends seminars and studies new methods. His favorite quote from Maya Angelou sums up his beliefs the best, "people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
The Louisville Ballet prides itself on a commitment to dance education within its community, highlighting its dance school as an ideal place to provide movement instruction for toddling tots and graceful grownups alike. Hoofers ages 15 and up can boogie down, up, or backward in time in the adult-division classes, which span all levels of ballet, Zumba, jazz, hip-hop, and tap classes. Classes are held six days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening. These fun, low-pressure classes present an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, dust off old gym or toe shoes, and meet new people, putting an end to awkward dance battles with your cumbersome coat rack.
Within the soul-soothing confines of this spa-like studio, expert instructors shepherd yogis of all experience levels to more relaxed, stretchified states. Limb limberers can bend, twist, and levitate with a variety of classes, including the traditional yoga stylings of Vinyasa flow and Hatha. Mothers can include their wee ones with Mommy and Me classes, which engage little twisters in social activities while mommies bend bodies with cosmic pliers. As muscles mold into more soothing, Euclidean-approved shapes, minds can delight in the soothing sounds and sights of candles, world music, and water fountains made of smooth jazz. Check the schedule for class dates and times.
Modern Day Fitness offers a sexy, fun-filled way to get in shape and boost confidence while eschewing monotonous workout routines. In the 60-minute Intro to Pole-Dance Fitness, students will learn pole-dancing fundamentals, including basic movements and safety techniques to improve strength, coordination, and flexibility, while increasing confidence to be sensual and more comfortable around poles. The classes, which combine fitness with artistic dance movements, are limited to four people to ensure that each student gets personalized attention from founder and certified instructor, Ashauna Higgins.
ProFormance Fitness emphasizes researched-based protocols to craft a diverse assortment of fat-burning workout programs. Experienced trainers, each armed with a wealth of education and several kettlebell-cobbler recipes, lead group fitness and personal-training programs that incorporate high-energy cardio moves and strength-training exercises. During boot-camp classes, they'll lead students through an intense, metabolic-style training program that helps them burn nine times as much fat as running on a treadmill or galloping through an asteroid belt. The trainers also help kids improve their game during sports-performance training programs designed to help young athletes increase their speed, agility, and power over the course of six weeks. To bolster clients’ workout regimens, ProFormance Fitness also grants members unlimited reign over the gym, which is accessible via keyless entry.
As a former Level 10 gymnast and University of Louisville cheerleader, Ashley Stratton has become a spokesperson for the physical and mental benefits of gymnastics. She hopes to pass the sport's character values—confidence, discipline, and a tenacious work ethic—on to children at Competitive Edge Gymnastics. With a coaching staff that includes nationally qualified judges and competitors, she leads classes, team programs, and clinics that challenge youngsters to build bodily awareness.
Ashley has outfitted the air-conditioned, 2,000 and 16,000-square-foot gyms with a wonderland of fun environments for kids, including circus silks suspended above sprung flooring and a foam pit that, unlike ball pits, does not invite bites from Pac-Man. Events such as Parents' Night Out allow guardians to drop their children off for a night of play, and classes for toddlers explore the parent-child bond to enhance motor skills.