Bikram Yoga Danbury's instructors have mastered Bikram yoga, which pairs 105-degree rooms with the body stretching and contorting of typical yoga. Bikram yogis lovingly call their rooms “Torture Chambers,” due to the sweltering temperature and the 26 muscle-testing, seated, standing, and levitating poses that comprise each class session. The studio schedules morning sessions as early as 6:30 a.m. and fills its evenings with pulse-elevating classes and calming silent fireworks displays. Though the studio rents out yoga mats and towels and sells bottled water, the instructors advise students prepare for class by hydrating thoroughly and bringing along their own mat to allow for appropriate bonding between yogi and sticky mat. Check the FAQ for more info.
Marianne Chapin, owner of Kneading Hands Yoga for the past 10 years, takes a well-rounded approach to stress relief and wellness by marshalling years of yoga teaching experience. To help her run the studio, she has assembled a team of eight certified instructors who bring a wide range of skills to yoga classes. Available classes, all of which take place in a spacious and clean studio, include relaxing and meditative Hatha yoga, strength and stamina boosting hot-yoga sessions where temperatures of up to 98 degrees render muscles more pliable, and Pilates classes that build core strength and focus.
Heritage Hotel Health Club houses more than treadmills and weights. Fitness instructors lead members in sweat-inducing classes such as aqua aerobics, yoga, and Pilates. Racquetball and tennis courts grant members with ample ways to enjoy their favorite sports and burn calories. When relaxation is needed, the gym's steam room and hot tubs stand ready to wash away stress, and heated indoor and outdoor pools beckon members for laid-back recreation or intense lap swims that build strength and enhance speed until swimmers can wipe the smirk off a powerboat's stupid face.
Eva-Maria Vaccaro leads private and duet workouts at her studio, All About You Fitness, and her private sessions are truly private. She not only gives her clients personal attention, but also ensures that during their workout, they are alone with her in the studio. In this setting, she facilitates fitness goals with custom workouts, drawing on her eclectic background. A certified Pilates machine and mat instructor, Eva also has earned a third-degree black belt in hapkido and taught more than 2,500 hapkido classes. She can blend Pilates core-strengthening, hapkido blocks and strikes, and other modalities such as kickboxing and balance-ball work to offer a unique body-conditioning workout to her clients.
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Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
At CrossFit Athletic Performance, the instructors are attempting to establish a new workout tradition. They eschew the silent weight lifting of big brand gyms in favor of unconventional exercises focusing on explosive power, and ensure raucous cheers of encouragement from instructors and other students accompany every workout. This camaraderie isn't by chance. CrossFit's staff fosters the positive atmosphere by celebrating even the smallest of victories in the gym with high fives and a cake made of celery. As dedicated as owners are to a positive atmosphere, they opened CrossFit Athletic Performance to get people healthy and strong, and judging by their students' dedication, they've been successful. The gym's workouts change every day in an effort to combat monotony and shock muscles; the only constant is the intensity of the sessions. In contrast, students can take a movement-focused approach to toning their bodies with mat Pilates and yoga classes hosted by the same instructors.