Lying face down, the students press into their hands into the floor, lifting their heads and shoulders toward the ceiling into cobra pose. As the studio's 100-degree heat pervades their muscles, students feel their spines lengthen, their shoulders broaden, and their chests open. The instructors of Bikram Yoga West Orlando lead participants through this and Bikram‘s 25 other postures every day, combining them with two breathing exercises in a specific sequence that strengthens and lengthens muscles and joints while pumping oxygen-rich blood into the organs, glands, and internal hard drives. Every 90-minute class follows the same routine and challenges participants of all ages and practice levels. Bikram also encourages dedication—the more students practice, the deeper they can go into each pose, reaping benefits including decreased blood pressure, relief from back pain, and lowered stress levels. In addition to their yogic discipline, Bikram Yoga West Orlando's team also arranges spa services, including massage and skincare.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
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.
At Max Muscle, teams of knowledgeable health experts maximize bodies’ potential with fat-burning enzymes, muscle-boosting proteins, and vital vitamins and nutrients. Certified nutrition coaches help customers craft personalized nutrition plans based on meticulous research, thorough analysis of body composition, and interviews with 19th-century circus strongmen. The shop's tidy shelves brim with specially formulated pills, whey powders, and bars designed for amateurs seeking to reinforce a healthy lifestyle or professionals looking to sharpen their frames before high-stakes muscle flex-offs.
College Park Yoga's close-knit team of instructors enlivens inventive Ashtanga and power-yoga classes with enthusiastic guidance, playful poses, and occasional sprinkles of pixie dust. The studio's flexible schedule of classes allows students to cultivate holistic wellness during weekend classes, and their TV records Saturday-morning cartoons to use for stretching practice later. Crimson walls and glossy hardwood floors envelop yogis as they bend and stretch in classes such as the 90-minute Yoga Basics, where pupils flow through fundamental postures, incorporating calming breaths to foster relaxation. For a more fast-paced workout, Beginner Power Yoga bends muscles into Rajastic yoga poses, designed to increase body heat internally, which stimulates detoxifying perspiration and guards against unwelcome advances from flirty snowmen. The studio's Power Yoga session exhilarates pupils with methodical breathing and poses that help improve spinal alignment and mind-body balance more effectively than a felt hat trimmed with levels.
Dedicated to healthcare since 1995, Christine has filled her knowledge coffers with two degrees in the healing arts and extensive experience in acute critical cardiac care. Today, she spreads her skills through CPR, AED, and first-aid classes. For healthcare professionals, bankers, cooks, coaches, and pragmatic superheroes, she supplements her certification courses with on-site sessions specifically designed for the workplace. Other, more specialized classes, include a first-aid course for new parents and a babysitter boot camp designed to help children 11 years or older prevent and react to emergencies with their wards.