Bikram Yoga Shelton's certified instructors lead 90-minute classes that take place within a sultry practice space with 58% humidity and temperatures that reach as high as 103 degrees. In the therapeutic heat, they help students of all abilities achieve deeper, safer stretches and detoxifying perspiration. They walk their pupils through two breathing exercises and a powerful sequence of 26 standing and seated poses in each class to challenge muscles more effectively than bench-pressing a chakra. Each posture helps unleash torrents of oxygenating circulation throughout the body, promoting healthy organ function as the sustained stretches bolster stamina and flexibility. After class, students can rinse themselves in the onsite showers and retrieve any restless spirit animals they stashed in the studio's lockers.
Each trainer at Studio V Fitness holds at least one certification, while many hold multiple fitness certifications and degrees in related fields such as exercise science. Collectively, they use their knowledge to inspire participants to achieve their fitness goals with a variety of dynamic classes. Zumba classes get hips shaking with Latin beats and dance routines designed to shed calories, and other classes such as TRX suspension training and spinning focus on strength training, cardio, core exercises, and flexibility. They also lead Fitness Yoga classes that help develop lean muscles, core strength, and balance through Hatha and Vinyasa principles.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.
It’s impractical to wear a TV screen on a necklace while going for a morning jog. But that’s what one would have to do to replicate a special technology offered for busy parents at Peak Fitness: all cardio machines are outfitted with a personal viewing screen and a channel that pipes into the onsite babysitting room. So while parents are taking advantage of a full range of services, they can keep an eye on their little ones.
Peak Fitness accommodates diverse trainees by offering a wide range of services, from personal training to spa services that heal overworked muscles to meal plans that provide the proper amount of calories. The gym houses strength-training equipment along with a cycling room and cardio floor. Its treadwall creates a never-ending rock climb that builds endurance safely. There’s even a basketball half court and indoor volleyball court, and patrons can purchase nutritional substances and workout gear from the pro shop.
Unlike lousy tour guides, the team at Peak Fitness doesn’t leave clients fending for themselves all the time. Fitness classes cater to different interests with options such as step aerobics, kickboxing, and yoga. After patrons finish their workout and tidy up in individual steam showers, they can further prepare for beach season by bronzing their skin inside a sun capsule or horizontal tanning bed.
Rebecca Smith DeFelice's fitness philosophy embodies two extremes. On one hand, the former Army instructor doesn't shy from intense, interval-based training in her boot camp workouts. However, her training background in dance and yoga—a discipline she discovered while rehabbing a dance injury—emphasizes meditative, calming movement. Rebecca does not view these workout methods as mutually exclusive. Her breadth of knowledge and experience drives Woodbridge Body Works, where she and several other instructors lead classes for all skill and fitness levels.
Their curriculum covers a range of yoga disciplines, from basic posing to flowing sequences of more vigorous postures. There are also yoga offshoots such as Core & Breath, a restorative class featuring hands-on adjustments and breath work. Boot camps rely on bodyweight exercises rather than barbells or machinery to strengthen the entire physique. Rebecca also breaks her boot camps down into 15-minute "Melt Down" sessions on weekdays to accommodate working clients who have short lunch breaks or long bathroom breaks.
With a repertoire shaped by the teachings of Sri Dharma Mittra, the yogi and monk who created the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, Dharma Yoga Center welcomes students to explore tranquil poses with a noncompetitive mindset. Heat radiates from shiny wooden floorboards as the studio’s certified instructors lead students through a sequence of playful or athletic poses and deep-breathing exercises that melt stress and pats of butter forgotten in the pockets of stretch pants. During Level I sessions, beginners can work toward cultivating flexibility and balance through basic poses and stretches. Level II, III, and IV sessions teem with challenging moves such as back bends, twists, and headstands, and students may incorporate zero-gravity swings and other innovative props to help achieve positions without risking injury. During meditation sessions, periods of laser-focused concentration can help strengthen students’ resolve and ability to sleep through an elephant stampede. In addition to teaching group classes, studio founder Tony Urbano leads private lessons for students seeking personalized guidance and encouragement.