With locations in 24 states, it’s safe to say Fitness 19’s approach to fitness has piqued exercisers’ interest. Each gym houses Life Fitness cardio machines and Hammer Strength strength-training equipment, as well as a staff of personal trainers who oversee one-on-one workouts and a group of caretakers and professional ranch hands who wrangle the kids' area. Certain locations also offer group classes such as the senior-oriented Silver Sneakers program.
The expert benders of River's Edge guide students of all levels through yoga classes that strengthen wobbly bodies and calm bustling brains six days a week. Rather than starting newbies out with flashy yoga tricks and slick no-hands mat moves, beginner classes help novices learn the basics of breathing and relaxation as they perform postures while standing, sitting, and lying on the floor. Reservations are recommended for the first class. Align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places during moderate classes, or streamline body and breath during the vigorous practice of Vinyasa. Next Step Yoga, which features an increased variety of poses, inches students toward greater muscle power, and gentle Chair Yoga coddles fragile frames with standing or seated poses supported by a steadfast seat back. Most classes span 90 minutes, and students should bring their own mats but can call ahead to reserve a complimentary rental if theirs is taking a personal day.
Reed Yoga's owner Michelle Reed has spent nearly a decade studying the way the human body moves, both by training in martial arts and by earning certifications in yoga instruction and massage therapy. Now she applies her muscle mastery in a studio located on the 14th floor of the downtown Statler Arms building, where she leads the alignment-oriented stretches of Iyengar and the dynamic flowing sequences of Vinyasa yoga. Her associate Corissa Bragg commands the deep flow class and tantra yoga, helping students work up a sweat and perform the sun salutations that earn the earth an extra six hours of daylight at the end of the month. Bryan Shelly teaches yoga flow for all levels.
Seated meditation begins and ends each of the studio's classes, during which students spread their own yoga mats across the practice space's dark wood flooring. The space is enclosed by sunshine-yellow walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors that allow non-vampiric pupils to monitor their posture and technique.
Travis Tolbert began his career in fitness while serving in the US Navy for 14 years, where he worked as a fitness leader on two warships. Today, after leaving military service, he leads a variety of program that aim to help guests of all levels achieve their fitness goals, be it lowering blood pressure, bodybuilding, or improving health overall. Travis has helped more than 3,000 clients as a personal trainer, and is so skilled in the art of fitness that he's placed in the top of his class in seven physique competitions.
Newly opened K2 Fitness is a fitness center that wants to help its members get into the best shape of their lives. Certified trainer Jason Kouvaras runs the gym, as well as offers challenging personal-training sessions. With free weights and machines on the floor, and group fitness classes such as spinning, boot camp, yoga, and boxing, clients will have everything they need to burn calories and work up a sweat.
Before he was a Zumba instructor, Adam was an adolescent trapped beneath more than 125 extra pounds. Five years ago, he reached his breaking point and turned to diligent exercise and dieting to shed the weight. Today Adam helps others do the same through fun, ever-changing Zumba routines.