With a resume that includes ballet and rock-climbing experience, Amber Monson took naturally to the graceful art of aerial silks. She founded Sky Gym as a place to train herself and others in her most beloved pastime, and ultimately, her venture paid off.
When she's not training and performing with other aerialists all over the world—including some from Cirque du Soleil—she passes on her skills to new students, helping them discover new levels of strength and grace. Besides aerial silks, she keeps students elevated with classes such as trapeze, sky yoga, and lyra—a ceiling-mounted hoop in which students spin after being dunked by their favorite NBA player. “I can’t decide which is more fulfilling to me, performing aerial or teaching it," she says on her website. Nonetheless, she continues,"I am incredibly grateful to my students and my trainers for allowing to make aerial dance my life."
Renee and Cintron know firsthand that it's not enough to simply bring your body to the gym. An effective workout should be driven by positive energy, not a sense of weary obligation. And, ever since losing weight with a Zumba fitness regimen, Cintron has tried to spread this outlook through festive dance.
The instructors lead invigorating classes at RC Fitnez Studio, transforming exercise into a celebratory event. Their Zumba sessions teach groups intuitive dance moves that match up to Latin and world music. On certain Saturdays, students even come together for Zumba dance parties, a better way to socialize and shed pounds than bench-pressing your blind date. Cintron also hosts Power X 15 classes, which tone muscles with strength-based routines. Specialty classes on the schedule can vary, but may include offerings such as Turbo Kick kickboxing and Identities of Hip Hop.
The instructors at CrossFit Around the Corner motivate their patrons to whip into peak physical condition with the CrossFit program-a fitness regimen that many professionals in special ops units and police academies rely on to strengthen and condition their bodies. The instructors can scale the daily-changing workouts to suit varying skill levels, and teach mastery of functional exercises. One day, students might power through squats and cardio drills, and the next, they might heave medicine balls and climb ropes, which prepare them to scale long braids to rescue area babes locked in towers. Participants thrive on support from their classmates and plenty of one-on-one attention from instructors, guaranteed by the studio's low athlete-to-coach ratio.
To complement CrossFit's high-intensity routines, the instructors also lead yoga courses, which can help to release dedicated CrossFitters' muscle tension while enhancing their flexibility.
Eating a spicy burrito or betting a pristine collection of Choose Your Own Adventure books on a poker hand may work up a sweat, but it doesn’t qualify as proper exercise. BTB CrossFit & BootCamp provides a vibrant environment where upbeat members benefit from a training program that incorporates multiple disciplines. Eager clients trim their figures and harvest their muscle farms through gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric training, as their muscle fibers and muscle ears absorb encouraging words. Workouts are quick and intense, like a game of Galaga, and mimic everyday movements such as pushing, pulling, running, throwing, jumping, dragging, and mixing cake batter while shouting at a perched phone.
Dr. Ada-Belinda DancingLion, founder of The Healing Room draws on her many certifications including naturopathic doctor, certified personal trainer, and elder and community elected medicine woman with the Anishinabe Nation to work with her clients to overcome health issues. In addition to offering fitness classes such as the TRX suspension training and kettlebell sessions, DancingLion also offers massage therapy, holistic wellness care, and herbal and nutritional counseling.
Allison Buckley doesn't just want to transform her clients' abs and glutes. At Zoe Fitness, she aims to transform every aspect of their lives by helping them live cleanly, which she believes improves mental, spiritual, and physical states.
Her services include boot camps, one-on-one, two-on-one, and small group training, dance-based Zoe Elevation classes, and Piloxing sessions, which blend Pilates and boxing exercises. The Piloxing workouts also incorporate elements of dance, much like a discussion of Macbeth led by a cool English teacher.
The trainers at FeLine Fitness understand that no two bodies are the same—that's why they customize personal-training routines to each client's specific needs and goals. All the while, they strive to make workouts as engaging and exciting as possible. To foster a social atmosphere, they also lead groups of up to 5 people through small group training sessions, groups of up to 25 through boot-camp workouts, and outdated Internet browsers through online fitness programs that enable them to run faster.