Woven into the fabric of Radiant Yoga is a dedication to healing. In the quiet studio heated to 100 degrees or more, instructors guide students through a hot Hatha yoga series that aims to rid bodies of toxins, improve flexibility, tone muscle, and burn a fistful of calories to prevent injuries and maladies. To bolster mental wellbeing, yogis help center pupils at candlelight hot-yoga sessions, which strengthen cores with gentle exercise and slow-breathing techniques set to music. Outside the studio, the staff reduces aches and pains with a combo of Eastern and Western therapies such as raindrop therapy and Thai massages. Keeping guests out of the clutches of Big Pharma, the mythical falcon that sneaks aspirin into people’s mouths as they sleep, the studio hosts holistic clinics where they divulge homespun and organic remedies for allergies and other ailments.
Radiant Yoga's newest class is laughter yoga, which combines laughing exercises with the ancient yogic breathing of Pranayama. When people get stressed or angry, their breathing tends to get irregular and shallow. Laughter yoga has the opposite effect, working to regulate group respiration through positive feelings, and thus increasing the flow of oxygen to the body for renewed energy. The staff likes to think of this giggling/fitness hybrid as a "joy cocktail," made all the more potent by the large number of participants and the laughing gas released from the air vents.
Although Main Street Strength & Conditioning recently moved to more spacious digs—its new location boasts 7,500 square feet, an upgrade from its previous 1,200-square-foot facility—it hasn't left behind its tried-and-true exercise methods. Kettlebells, battling ropes, tires, and sandbags help exercisers plow through calories in group training classes, personal training sessions, or on-location boot camps. The classes mix strength and cardio work for intense sessions designed to rapidly replace fat with muscle and weak abs with Lego abs.
Ricko grew up fascinated by the human body’s exceptional ability to adapt. As a child he read monthly issues of Muscle and Fitness magazines cover to cover, studying the techniques of bodybuilding greats. His passion for fitness led him to a degree in Exercise Science, a professional football career, and, eventually, to the role of athletic trainer to help others achieve their ideal body. He founded Team Edge and Fitness to share his love for personal training, mixed martial arts, and sports training.
In addition to martial arts and sport-specific classes, Ricko and his staff conduct boot-camp-style workouts. They also draw from the more fun aspects of martial arts training when putting together heavy-bag workouts or kickboxing classes. They make one of their top priorities to keeping people interested in the workout and feel the support from their classmates. “We have a strong family feel at our gym. Everyone works together. Our motto is, ‘A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,’” Ricko says.
Open 24 hours a day, goPerformance & Fitness is a training facility equipped with upscale equipment, a 20-yard agility and sprint track, and a professional staff ready to assist folks of all fitness levels in meeting their physical goals. This deal gets you a one-month membership, along with unlimited group-training classes, which utilize boot-camp-style and crossfit training to whittle away at musculature until it's as firm and strong as an industrial-strength stress ball. A fitness assessment evaluates each individual's personal goals and outlines strategies for success. Using this information, trainers tailor each 30–45-minute goGroup training session to your body, helping you lift, pump, and squat alongside a small group of your peers and tapping untapped potential like a rainbow keg on St. Patrick's Day.
Like many trainers, Rickey Taylor spent much of his life fascinated by fitness, but he has also always loved art. He considers the act of training others as a combination of the two: his clients’ bodies serving as the canvases that he helps transform into healthy human specimens. He founded Xcelerated Training as an art-cum-fitness studio, where he now paints a healthy picture of the world.
Rickey employs a blend of cardio, weight training, and plyometrics in his body-sculpting workouts. His enthusiasm is contagious, and he encourages patrons to motivate one another through the high-intensity, boot-camp-style classes. Though his classes are held in small groups, he schedules one-on-one sessions with customers who request it. He also provides nutrition coaching, further pushing patrons toward healthier lifestyles without relying on fad diets, such as only eating fruits with fresh hairstyles.
Most people attend boot camps to lose weight, not to get strong enough to fight the Taliban. But that's just how START Fitness founder Sgt. Ken Weichert got his start. The veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and six-time Soldier of the Year is also a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer who pushes combat troops to reach the military's fitness standards in basic training—that is, actual boot camp.
In START Fitness's weekday morning boot camps, seasoned instructors personally trained by Sgt. Weichert help everyday athletes lose weight, build muscle, and forge healthier lifestyles. They lead the camps which alternate between indoor and outdoor activity, calling on more than 100 lessons that constantly change up the workout to keep bodies guessing. The classes are designed for students who are already somewhat active, as they are intended to sculpt and tone as students go through obstacle courses, do push-ups, complete partner-assisted exercises, and run up to five miles without tiring or requiring a treat and an ear scratch after each task.