The upbeat sounds of Latin and pop music can regularly be heard inside the Killian Recreation Center. That's because certified Zumba instructor Carmen stages Zumba classes there three times a week, creating a lively atmosphere by using tunes from artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Pitbull along with Latin, salsa, and merengue jams. The fun, high-energy sessions combine elements of fitness and dance to create a workout that burns calories and melts them down into commemorative coins.
In Sanskrit, yug, the origin of the word yoga, refers to the discipline of aligning the body and mind in order to reach a higher spiritual plane. With this philosophy in mind, the teachers at Southern Sky Yoga guide students as they arrange their bodies into the poses and meditative stances of their craft. The instructors teach classes separated by skill level, some lending greater focus to the mental or physical experience. During Vinyasa classes, students can explore more intricate poses, whereas YogaWave classes blend free-form dance and meditative poses. The 950-square-foot studio is equipped with blocks, blankets, and straps to use during class, and two adjacent changing rooms are available for guests to use before or after classes.
The wellness experts at Health Advantage Fitness know that an able body doesn't come from exercise alone. Gym workouts are just the foundation for a healthier body. That's why their gym offers more than just rows of treadmills and shelves of free weights. In addition to the typical gym machines, a nutritional counselor and chiropractor also perform other wellness services, from diet help to spinal adjustments.
Owner Elise Matthews started K.O.R.E. Wellness when she was 25, hoping to use her background as a semipro goalie to help people to live fitter, pain-free lives. With the belief that impersonal machines can never match the overall core-strengthening benefits of resistance exercises, she trains clients to become aware of how their bodies move. She draws on a litany of certifications, a master's degree in exercise physiology from USC, and recognition from Dragon Door as a level 2 Russian-kettlebell instructor, or the second in a series of nesting Russian-kettlebell instructors.
Each week, the sporty scientist leads many of the more than 30 classes held at her facility. She takes a break from wringing sweat from her clients to provide postural assessments and nutritional counseling, enlisting the help of massage therapist Micheal Burkett and yoga instructor Jenny Prather to ply their relaxing and healing trades at the gym.
Youth, amateur, and professional boxing. MMA fighting and jujitsu. Fitness bootcamps centered on throwing a good punch, and classes that help you find your fighting stance. Fight Club University's team of professional boxers, MMA fighters, and personal trainers teach all these skills and more, as well as helping develop self-confidence, strength, and common sense in young people through the S.T.R.O.N.G. program. Newly toned and slim patrons strut out of the gym past a forest of equipment that includes heavy bags, medicine balls, and jump ropes. Instructors suggest that the courses can help bolster overall health, a sense of timing, and hand-eye coordination.
As visitors walk through Brickhouse Gym's 12,000-square-foot facility, they see something different happening in every room. One door opens to reveal a forest of professional cardio equipment, and another uncovers a flurry of spinning stationary cycles. Further into the expansive gym, specialized practice rooms host circuit training, agility equipment, and free weights, as well as innovative turf-floor and open-air workout rooms. In private training rooms, spirited instructors help students cultivate flexibility, increase endurance, or prepare for cage matches with stubborn garden weeds with a variety of fitness classes in disciplines such as yoga and mixed martial arts.