At Solid Roots Yoga, a team of eminently experienced instructors share their passion with practitioners across a variety of skill levels. Novices learn the ins and outs of flexibility-boosting exercises with Ashtanga or Slow Flow, and advanced students tackle achieving greater mind-body awareness.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students? inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio?s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters?many of them local artists?provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio?s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
The personal trainers at ProMatx pluck clients from the chaos of unorganized weight-loss programs and introduce fitness routines that are scientifically calibrated to breed results. Within a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere, resident health buffs assess bodies and map out meals to augment 12-week regimens of intense exercise. In addition to familiar routines that include step aerobics or plyometrics, some fitness sessions may incorporate unconventional techniques such as flipping tires or unicycling on a treadmill. Buttressed by nutritional coaching and group fitness classes, the routines aim to get participants fit without getting a surgeon involved.