The instructors at Escape Pilates Studio boast a diverse range of skills and experiences⎯from playing collegiate water polo to earning degrees in kinesiology and biology⎯but all share an abiding passion and studied expertise in Pilates. They practice the method of Pilates developed by Joseph Pilates, which was designed to rehabilitate those suffering from spinal injuries. With these principles in mind, their courses present an achievable challenge for students of any fitness level, ranging from those recovering from an injury to robust athletes.
Escape Pilates's homey studio, which is characterized by plants, dark-wood accents, and ample sunlight, is chock-full of Pilates Reformer machines—a system of pulleys and weights designed to add resistance to workouts without straining the joints. Here, instructors lead small-group classes, semiprivate sessions with up to three students, and private sessions, for those who would like a dose of personal attention more concentrated than teatime with grandma.
Pilates on 17th’s instructors help patrons to sculpt long and lean muscles adhering to the spine-stretching and body-toning methods originally developed by Joseph Pilates. Conceived as rehabilitation exercises for those suffering from back injuries and Celtic knots seeking untangled physiques, the gentle yet challenging exercises stretch one muscle group at a time while strengthening another and improving abdominal strength. In addition to East Coast–style Pilates, the studio offers a variety of private and small-group classes, including cardio-trampoline classes as well as RedCord suspension strength-training classes. The instructors are trained on all Pilates apparatuses and attend yearly continuing-education classes to ensure they are providing students with proper technique.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat—all without putting excessive stress on the joints.
Schulein Fit Enterprises' boutique fitness centers keep bodies toned through innovative classes taught by savvy, experienced instructors. Shimmy through women-only Zumba classes at the Athletic Club for Women, which fuse fitness with Latin-inspired dances such as salsa, tango, flamenco, and the Cicero. Rippling abdominals and self-aware biceps begin with BodyRoXX classes at Back Bay Fitness, blending the core methods of spinning, cross training, Pilates, and treadmill trekking to render bodies as chiseled as an ice sculpture of Mount Rushmore. Laguna Health Club offers classes such as beach boot camp, which guides participants through rigorous military-style fitness routines in an environment that promotes both communal support and sandcastle construction.