Kate Connor is smart: she holds both a bachelor's degree in athletic training and a master's degree in therapeutic kinesiology. Though she could have pursued a physical-therapy career, her passion for mind-body exercise led her to open Zen Fitness. Further proof of her expertise, she has earned certifications from both YogaFit and the American Council on Exercise, along with completing the Reebok Core Pilates training program and the PHI Pilates certification course. She uses her knowledge to train fellow instructors and give clients the tools to sculpt their bodies and minds amid pale-green walls, wooden floors, and mirrors. Their group yoga classes employ Vinyasa and Kundalini techniques that increase strength while cultivating a meditative state of mind. In addition to traditional mat Pilates classes, they also offer challenging Pilates boot-camp classes that employ the Reformer, the Tower, and the Wunda chair. When Kate and her staff aren't working with groups, they offer private sessions in sports training, Pilates, and yoga. Students can fly solo with a trainer or share the session with their most tolerable family members.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fit seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines and hoist free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or bop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Experienced instructor Christie Nesci has been empowering fitness seekers to reach their goals for more than 10 years. Now, she challenges her clients' minds, bodies, and spirits during group fitness classes at Sky Sport Fitness—so named for her lofty fitness ambitions. Dimmed lights and ever-changing tunes pumping through a professional sound system motivate clients of all ages and abilities as Nesci leads indoor-cycling classes, the gym's bread and butter. Her team of certified trainers helps clients get in touch with their inner selves and the floor during yoga classes that explore chair yoga and standing postures, as well as Skytime classes, which are designed to help clients increase strength through functional movements. Guests receive a complimentary water bottle during each class to help them cool off or give them a place to store their most fertile soils.
Certified yoga instructors Ashly Burmeister and Mendy Williams act as bouncers for stress, evicting negative feelings from their studio with various yoga and meditation styles. Both of them believe in the healing power of their art—Ashly specializes in restorative yoga, and Mendy uses yoga to cope with celiac disease—and they strive to acquaint guests of all backgrounds with Hatha techniques. Breath work helps students to embrace physical and mental balance throughout each session, whether they are holding the three- to five-minute poses of Yin yoga or sending the two-second "good morning" text messages that comprise modern sun salutations. The studio also hosts belly-dancing classes and Storytime Yoga, which encourages children aged 3 and older to act out tales from around the world through poses and music.
In a comfortable judgment-free atmosphere, The Body Sanctuary stretches the fitness thresholds of its strength-thirsty students, offering intimate classical Pilates classes taught by certified instructors. Lead trainer Heather is BASI Pilates –certified and brings heaps of core-chiseling experience to every class she teaches as well as to every six-pack-sporting snowman she sculpts.
Cardinal Fitness provides a throng of workout amenities in a fully equipped epicenter of exercise. Bolster blood-pumping organs with sophisticated cardio equipment while buttressing biceps and shaping solar plexuses on top-notch strength-training equipment. Although Austrian bodybuilders have pumped the world's iron supply to dangerously low levels, Cardinal still provides enough of the strength-fortifying mineral for a wide array of free weights. Your fitness assessment and personal training session will give you a jump-start at the gym and enhance subsequent workouts by providing you with information on the best exercises for your body, as well as individualized advice for achieving fitness goals.