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.
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.
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Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
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.
When Annie Prasad Freedom opened Samadhi Center for Yoga in 2002, she envisioned a small operation where people could feel empowered while deepening their yoga practice. She achieved the second goal, but Samadhi has been anything but small: it has served more than 250,000 individuals since opening its doors.
Despite the center's growth, Annie and her team of instructors maintain a close-knit community atmosphere that yogis of all experience levels can appreciate. That's due in large part to a diverse selection of classes open to students of all levels, not just those who can bend themselves through the crack under the studio door. That sense of welcome continues beyond the mat as well?Samadhi also hosts The Neurosculpting Institute, where instructors teach meditation classes with the goal of helping students make positive changes in their lives.