Equipment: You will need to bring your yoga mat and water. Mats are not provided.
Students should bring: Yoga mat, water, comfortable clothes.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Pro Tip: BrewAsanas is an all-levels yoga class in various breweries. Check website for times and locations.
YogaDownload.com students practice yoga in unusual places—from atop mountains to the waiting rooms of airports to the frozen-food aisles at grocery stores. Dreamed up by a team of devoted yoga students and teachers, the site—which has been lauded by the New York Times and Body + Soul—enables visitors to stream or download a constantly updated selection of more than 400 professionally recorded audio and visual yoga classes onto a computer or smartphone. The classes are lead by certified instructors, who guide students through disciplines ranging from the more vigorous Vinyasa to the more gentle Hatha yoga. In addition to the selection of video classes and audio podcasts, which can last five minutes—for a quick stretch session—or 90 minutes, the site's printable guides help students hone their practice. For full control over their yoga experience, the easily searchable catalog of classes allows students to filter classes by instructor, skill level, and intensity level.
Surrounded by graffiti-strewn brick, exercisers at Endorphin box, cycle, and push themselves to the limit in a motivating space. Coaches guide groups through rigorous, endorphin-boosting classes, which include CrossFit and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Those looking to get fit know they can count on Endorphin for challenging workouts and a more acceptable spot to showcase their new sweatbands instead of in the office, and group settings mean exercisers feel supported in their goal-setting sojourns.
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.
For the past 20 years, fitness instructor Tracy Revell has discovered what she believes are the tools for getting in shape. They include Pilates, Core Conditioning, and Nia, which combines an array of fitness philosophies, including martial arts such as kickboxing, dances such as Zumba and the Fast Macarena, and healing arts such as yoga. At Revelll's fitness studio, she helps folks reap the benefits of these disciplines in her classes. Equally important to the fitness philosophies, however, are Revell's expertise?she's an ACSM-certified personal trainer and a licensed Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiologist practitioner?and her penchant for focusing on strengthening her clients' weak spots.
Rhonda Thaxton has exercised rigorously her whole life, engaging in everything from racquetball at the local gym to triathlon competitions. She started getting others into shape in 2000, and while a brief stint in the retail industry fine-tuned her people skills, it wasn?t long before she returned to her passion of getting folks in shape, whether that shape be slim, muscular, or parallelogram. She recertified as a personal trainer, added kickboxing to her athletically rich repertoire, and opened Pilates Infusion.
True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates? now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding seven students at a time to ensure personal attention.
True to its name, Pilates Infusion offers plenty of classes fueled by nuclear fusion and Joseph Pilates? now-classic form of exercise, which uses machines that he himself invented to for the exercise program. Former dancers and even physical therapists join Rhonda as instructors, adding their unique talents to the ever-diversifying list of classes. Rhonda and her team keep class sizes small, almost never exceeding five students at a time to ensure personal attention.