Named by Inside Columbia magazine as the best place for yoga in 2011 and 2012, alleyCat Yoga's serene yoga sanctuary hosts daily classes for students of all ages. One of the studio's teachers, Susan Mathis, draws on the teachings of Swami Kripalu, a celebrated yogi often associated with the insightful practice known as "meditation in motion." To apply the practice, students progress through stages of relaxation, physical postures, and meditation to establish connections between the mind, body, and spirit.
The well-rounded team of certified instructors also leads classes rooted in their respective specialties, including Hatha yoga, the more intense Vinyasa tradition, and gentler yoga classes for students who've only interacted with downward-facing dogs while pet-sitting. Susan's branch of kid-friendly yoga, called Yoga to Grow, helps children as young as 20 months stretch their rapidly growing bodies and sparks imaginations with stories, games, and songs.
Studio owner and certified Pilates instructor Laura Detert leads a robust schedule of both machine- and mat-based Pilates workouts in its serene, skylit studio. During the 50-minute classes, exercisers in groups of up to seven strong perform efficient floor exercises designed to sculpt lean physiques and tough cores beneath the jealous ceiling. To keep bodies challenged and minds stimulated, classes regularly incorporate Pilates-specific equipment, such as foam rollers, the Magic Circle, and the Arc, allowing participants to tailor their workout depending on their fitness level and geometric preference. Because Pilates moves can be made easier or more challenging with simple modifications, students of all abilities are welcome to take the studio's Airex mats for a test drive. Free parking is available.
Students of all ages engage their musculature and bring lung capacity up to snuff under the painstaking tutelage of trained instructors in a diverse lineup of yoga classes. Instructors display a broad variety of specialties, teaching muscle-strengthening core classes, graceful flow classes that seamlessly transition through poses, and deep-stretch classes that utilize unexpected body movements to tone and confuse cocky muscles trying to guess the next pose in an effort to impress new stretchy pants. Although instructors take care to provide hands-on adjustments for each student in group classes, during private lessons the teachers can better personalize their directions. Lessons consist of a 10-minute pre-assessment and 50 minutes of carefully observed practice, which allows the instructors to improve students' forms and techniques regardless of their skill level or experience. Intent on cushioning prone postures, the studio provides complimentary yoga mats for students with immaculate Monopoly credit scores.
At One On One, clients workout in a state-of-the-art facility with access to certified trainers, a collegiate diver, a martial artist, and trainers who have competed in figure- and bodybuilding competitions. The fitness gurus can design customized plans tailored to each client’s skills as they monitor, motivate, and encourage them to reach their goals. In the gym—which is open 24 hours a day—TVs suspended from the ceilings occupy athletes as they work up a sweat on Precor and Life Fitness treadmills and elliptical machines. Strength-training machines populate the gym floor, as do free weights, an adjacent pool, and medicine balls for clients who grow sick of standard workouts. An in-house massage therapist is available to ease tense muscles and knead away stress with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
Meta-Health Weightloss Management, Inc.'s nutritional counselors don't just design weight-management programs to help their clients lose weight—they also want to help them keep it off. In each custom program, these counselors introduce healthy meal plans and provide tips for general healthy living. Meta-Health also encourages pound-shedding with nine supplements, including Metabolic Activation Formula, which accelerates the body's metabolism, and Meta-B, a pharmaceutical-grade combination of B vitamins and folic acid.
Pro Fitness is a sprawling athletic facility, with rows of professional exercise equipment, racks of free weights, and a private cardio theater. Within workout studios, certified trainers lead an array of group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. The instructors also offer personal-training sessions, tailoring workouts to accommodate each client's unique abilities and goals.
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