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.
Boredom, negativity, and excuses have no place at CrossFit COMO. Here, founders Michael Wuest and Brian James have established a community of individuals in pursuit of the same thing: becoming fit. It's an attitude that creates training partners inside the facility and friendships outside of it. Side by side, exercisers push each other through CrossFit's challenging functional movements, becoming stronger, faster, and more flexible in the process.
At Columbia Speed Academy, experienced and certified trainers are a resource young athletes use to enhance their performance with laser-focused custom training and nutrition programs. The trainers tap their experience earned in college-level track and field or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to develop training methods that combine plyometrics and treadmills to improve clients' speed while preventing injury. The academy's facility boasts equipment including hurdles, treadmills, Jacob?s Ladders, and plyometric boxes to use during intensive training sessions. Athletes can further augment the results of their programs with Nutrition 101 classes and individually composed theme songs.
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.
At Element Yoga and Health Studio, a faculty composed of certified teachers displays a broad variety of specialties such as Ashtanga, Dharma, and Viniyoga?utilizing their experience to teach muscle-strengthening core classes and graceful flow classes that seamlessly transition through poses. Teachers take care to provide hands-on adjustments for each student in group classes. Vinyasa-based classes are offered daily, and, intent on cushioning prone postures, the studio provides complimentary yoga mats.
Rifkin Professional Karate Center gives its pupils options. The basis of its curriculum is a blend of karate, tae kwon do, kickboxing, and aikido, which allows students to use a range of kicking, blocking, and strength-maneuvering techniques to burn calories and tone the body. The end result is an attempt to help students lose weight and get into the best shape of their lives. The center's founder is JD Rifkin, a black belt master instructor with 26 years of experience studying, teaching, and fighting. His talents have extended to choreographed stunt work and circuit fighting, but it was his passion for teaching that led him to open his martial-arts studio. Here, students young and old can brush up their skills in a number of disciplines.