Up to 800 calories burned. 70%–90% maximum heart rate achieved. One 30-minute workout. To achieve these results, the instructors and nutrition coaches at FIIT WERX have distilled their fitness classes down to a science. They're also committed to championing the benefits of barefoot training, which they say helps to improve posture, balance, and foot strength. In FIIT—full-intensity interval training—circuit classes, instructors lead students through rigorous, shoeless cardio and resistance workouts, which vary to allow other muscles to recover between sessions. Each class is based on the tenets of functional movement, relying on workouts that condition bodies for everyday tasks such as hoisting heavy laundry baskets, chopping logs into firewood, and lifting baby bears into tubs for their baths. Students can measure their progress with MyZone heart-rate and physical-activity monitors.
This same commitment to barefoot training also extends to FIIT WERX's partner gym, willPower Fit Studio. There, instructors lead challenging classes whose blend of yoga, Pilates, boot-camp, and cardio workouts adhere to their philosophy of positive, functional fitness. Scalable for athletes and aspiring athletes alike, classes such as willPower & grace and willPower infusion integrate challenging full-body workouts with sports psychology and multisensory stimulation to leave students as mentally sharp as they are physically fit.
Get your bank tellers, kayakers, grandpas, and expectant mothers together and get today's Groupon for perfect posture and mad movement skills. For just $45, you get any five classes at The Pilates Movement, a $70 to $115 value depending on the classes you choose. Most deals only offer Pilates mat classes, but with today's flexible offer, you can take any combination of five mat, pole, chair, and equipment group classes for the same low price. Find out how the reformer, a piece of specialized Pilates equipment, got its name, and learn take-home techniques you can practice in your cramped apartment in a mat class. At just $9 per class, this deal is the perfect opportunity to try a few different classes on for size.Lovable Bears lineman William “The Refrigerator” Perry is generally considered the Godfather of American Pilates due to his memorably rapped couplet: “You’re lookin’ at the Fridge / Pilates focuses on the core to improve strength and posture.” The Fridge continued to influence the popularity of Pilates in America when he guest-starred in an episode of the The A-Team, playing the deceased German founder of Pilates, Joseph “The Refrigerator” Pilates. The memorable episode is traditionally run every July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.
Root Yoga Center's owners created their studio to give clients a space to explore their metaphorical roots by examining their physical, spiritual, and emotional bodies through yoga practice. This goal is reflected in the studio’s philosophy, which emphasizes balance, encourages beginners to take risks, and focuses on the healing powers of yoga epitomized by the now-famous "Kiss the Boo Boo" pose. From Vinyasa to Forrest and Anusara Flow, many yoga modalities are practiced in the studio depending on the class session’s teacher and difficulty level.
Every teacher at Root Yoga Center is an experienced yogi and puts the school's philosophy into practice during regular classes or supplemental practices such as qi gong, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling. The instructors’ schedules are packed as well: classes take place all day, every day, and the staff routinely hosts community events and workshops.
Ansley Watson first discovered the rehabilitative power of Pilates in 1998 after a car accident laid her low. The simple exercises helped her rebuild flexibility and shore up weakened muscles. In fact, Her introduction to Pilates was so life changing that she decided to become a certified Pilates instructor. In 2006, she opened Joie de Vivre Pilates Studio with the hope of sharing the same regimen that got her on the mend—the “Joy in Life” she found by building a healthy life-style class by class.
At Joie de Vivre Pilates, Ansley and her fellow instructors lead students through a variety of private and group Pilates classes. Sessions designed for pregnant women help bolster back muscles, and cardio jumpboard sessions targeted toward skiers amp up stamina. Of course, the studio also hosts tried-and-true reformer classes where students and undercover bosses of all experience levels can work at their own pace.
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.
Walking through the front doors and taking in Pilate's Aligned's soaring ceilings, graceful curves, and exposed brick walls, clients feel rejuvenated. The sight of light spilling onto hardwood floors and Pilates Reformer equipment says everything: this is a place to reshape your body. At this traditional Pilates studio, certified instructors lead members of all skill levels through mat and reformer classes, helping them to sculpt long, lean muscles, build core strength, and move with the fluid grace of a roller blading gazelle.
Besides building a fitter body, Pilates classes can play a significant role in injury rehabilitation. No one knows this better than Pilates Aligned founder Cara Resser. The former NYU dance student first came to Pilates while recovering from a broken back. Over the course of two years, Cara practiced Pilates under the guidance of Kathy Standford Grant, a former disciple of Joseph Pilates who was once an injured dancer herself. It was through Kathy's gentle guidance that Cara regained the lost core strength and alignment she needed to continue her dance career, and ultimately inspired her to teach Pilates in addition to her work teaching dance and movement studies at Naropa University.