Tracey Trambauer treasures the mind and body equally?she's spent more than 20 years studying spiritual approaches to living, as well as exercise, nutrition, and natural modes of healing. She combines this study of the mind and body at Still Lake Yoga, where she's the owner and master yoga instructor.
Her practice is rooted in the tradition of sivananda; this style of yoga focuses on 12 core poses and breathing exercises, and every session ends with a Sanskrit chant. But the studio explores all manner of yoga techniques and trends, including the trend of writing your crush's name all over your yoga mat. In addition to sivananda, classes include three other fluid styles of yoga and meditation that work to build flexibility and strengthen core muscles while inducing calm. To ensure clients of all physical abilities feel welcome, the instructors at Still Lake Yoga will adjust the pace of their classes, and they work to foster a relaxing, noncompetitive atmosphere.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Anew's instructors strive to instill confidence in women of all shapes and sizes through flirty fitness and dance classes. Beginning pole dancers or firefighters looking to spice up their night shifts can learn basic hand positions, transitions, and spins in Pole 101 before moving on to full-fledged choreographed routines in advanced pole classes. Heels are suggested for Seduction Groove & Chair Teaser students, who can tone and strengthen their bodies through the controlled dance movements that make up a sensual chair routine, ideal for impressing partners or modeling deluxe recliners. Middle Eastern belly dance helps whittle middles while building confidence and exploring isolation techniques that help tone the torso, arms, and legs.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 1,800 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the locker room for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds is either added onto their membership for an additional fee or billed on a pay-per-use basis.
Originally founded by a pair of professional wakeboarders looking to train during the off-season, Clermont Crossfit has now become a year-round community of aspiring athletes. The trainers describe their classes as instructor-led and peer-driven, combining one-on-one coaching with the motivation and accountability of working with an encouraging group. They follow the CrossFit method of inventing new workouts every day, a strategy designed to keep muscles from becoming acclimated to the exercises and consuming fewer calories, while also staving off bordem. In any given class, they might incorporate gymnastics, Olympic weight-lifting, kettlebell training, or rowing, one of the few exercises in which it is socially appropriate to wear a viking helm.
Any race requires endurance and speed, but the Xtreme Obstacle Challenge also tests balance, upper-body strength, and problem-solving skills. More than 20 obstacles populate the 3-mile course, each one requiring a different approach. In the Matrix, for instance, runners navigate a tangled web of ropes that cross horizontally, rising as high as their waist. A firm grip is a must at Hang Tough, a gauntlet of gymnastic rings competitors traverse like dangling monkey bars. And perhaps the most testing of them all, Dizzy Lizzy confronts runners with an angled spinning disc?decorated with a hypnotic spiral?that they must ascend without losing their balance or getting very, very sleepy.