Club Form’s body buffs guide students of all levels through a weekly schedule of 18 exercise classes to cultivate strong, marble-cut physiques. Inspired by dancers’ graceful, stretchy limbs and ability to juggle boulders, Barre Form sessions build flexibility, coordination, and strength with 60 minutes of ballet-barre exercises. To increase balance and hasten recovery from injuries, small-group Power Plate and Kinesis workouts employ full gravity-resistance equipment and vibrating platforms that promote therapeutic muscle contractions. Up to seven fitness seekers choose their own resistance levels in one-hour cycling classes, which burn calories and tone thighs and calves. Like finding a piranha in a wading pool, the boot-camp-style workout known as The Bear makes hearts pound and sweat flow.
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.
Sunlight pours in through tall windows that look out on the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Bathing in the warm rays, students stretch through Vinyasa yoga's slow, deliberate series of poses. So passes a normal day at 621 Yoga and Massage, where relaxation is the rule and rejuvenation is the inevitable byproduct. The studio's instructors lead students through Vinyasa classes five times a day on weekdays, and they're always happy to accommodate beginners. The studio itself features changing rooms and lockers, plus sanitized yoga mats that can be used for no extra charge. As if that all that weren't enticing enough, there's also a massage room where licensed therapists offer Swedish, hot stone, sports, and other specialty massages.
The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.
The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
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