The method that lends this studio its name is founded on three pillars: classic Pilates, optimal nutrition, and cardiovascular exercises. The instructors earned their certification through at least 600 hours of training each on Pilates’ various apparatus, from the reformer to the 12-pound spoon. Among them is Mike Roeser, who boasts more than seven years' experience as a personal trainer and a second career as a professional golf instructor. Mike specializes in combining fast-paced cardio with slow-motion, high-intensity muscle-burning exercises. Private and group exercise classes take the form of body-molding Pilates, heart-pumping workouts, and ballet barre sessions. The gym also functions as a health-food outlet, packed with superfoods, verve-pumping juices, and farm-fresh eggs available for preorder.
Damon Hartley, the founder of Body by Damon, uses certifications from the American Council on Exercise and the National Federation of Professional Trainers to design custom workout plans for his clients. Damon specializes in a variety of areas, ranging from weight-loss management and body sculpting to general fitness, corrective exercises, and nutrition. Along with custom workouts, Damon also holds regular boot camps for groups of athletes of all fitness levels.
At Golightly Fit, what many might consider the bleak expanse of a warehouse shines as a beacon of hope for struggling exercisers. Here, trainers urge clients toward their fitness goals––whether they be to lose weight, bounce back from pregnancy, or improve their sports performance––with compact boot-camp and personal-training sessions that jump-start metabolisms and process calories efficiently. They also provide complimentary 30-minute assessments to help clients pin down their fitness goals and outline a plan for achieving them.
"Our mission is to push elite athletes to perform at their best, empowering them to excel at the next level of competition." For CES Performance, mission and action are one in the same. During intense sessions, trainers arm athletes with sport-specific techniques that increase their skills and confidence in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and professional-level hide-and-seek.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center’s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans’ strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons’ heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.