Before opening a yoga and cycling studio, owner Sarah Russell was hit by a car while biking, seriously injuring her back. Sarah credits the rejuvenating power of yoga with saving her spinal cord, and her life. Today, she inspires others to meet their wellness goals through a lineup of mind- and body-nurturing classes.
Sarah and her brigade of enthusiastic instructors lead handfuls of classes each day for students of all fitness levels. The heart-pumping and vigorous cycling classes help patrons to improve their endurance while building muscle and strength. Complementing these physically demanding workouts are yoga classes for different skill levels that challenge the body in different ways, testing patrons' physical and mental focus through empowering posture series and healing stretches.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
Equipment: TRX Suspension Trainers, Hyperwear Sand Bells, Kettlebells, Jump Rope
Students should bring: Workout Clothing, Water, Personal Fitness Mat
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Come hydrated. The fascia is more pliable and has greater mobility when you are hydrated properly.
As night falls, participants in the noncompetitive Rave Run pull on neon T-shirts, don glow-in-the dark glasses, and stuff their pockets with glow sticks. Spectators look on as the throng of illuminated runners, which includes kids and adults, make their way through a 5-kilometer course that winds through city streets.
The event culminates with an after party, where a DJ spin tunes and powerful lasers cast out beams that illuminate wide smiles and the secret locations of any lost arks in the vicinity. Fog machines and CO2 jets help create a high-adrenaline atmosphere as attendees dance with their glow-in-the-dark compatriots. All the fun is for a good cause; The Rave Run partners with a local charity in each participating city.
In the sunlight that streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at pH7 Pilates, students bend and fold into challenging positions, all for the health of their body. Expert instructors meander through the group, adjusting postures and doling out encouragement as the students feel their core muscles working. These students are practicing a classic form of Pilates, using their body weight, Reformer machines, or giant pet parrots as resistance. The classes offer challenges for all skill levels, and include mat Pilates classes, yoga classes, and jump board cardio classes.
As soon as visitors step into The ReCyclery Bike Cafe, the café's commitment to recycling becomes evident. Partners Justin and Brian envisioned the shop as a place where perfectly good—and often pristine—used bike parts would be restored, repurposed, or rebuilt for use in repairing and constructing bikes. The entire process is meant to eliminate waste and reduce the environmental impact caused by rusty bike chains that would otherwise be discarded into park fountains. Justin and Brian then took this vision and expanded it, making sure the hand-built café tables and chairs, as well as the bar and the floor, were all crafted from recycled materials. Visitors can feel the welcoming sense of homeyness and creative purpose as they sip coffee, sample the pocket sandwiches and kolache assembled by chef Francis Rojas, or just relax with the free WiFi while waiting on a bike tune-up.