Between exposed brick walls and tall rectangular windows, students twist and twirl from fuchsia and turquoise silks strung from the 20-foot-tall ceiling. Led by upbeat and friendly coaches, each participant in the center’s aerial programs tones muscles while learning how to perform circus arts. But at their core, the classes are all about creating artful expression while enhancing strength, balance, and flexibility. To that end, aerial Pilates classes strengthen abdominal cores and aerial yoga classes take place about 12 inches off the ground, allowing students to understand how David Blaine feels when he does yoga.
It's not just punches and kicks at Manchester Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?instructors ultimately aim to build character in students both young and old. In addition to karate classes for kids and adults, the team teaches self-defense techniques such as the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu method. The program, which was initially developed for the U.S. Army, covers protection techniques against knives, choke-holds, and tumbleweeds.
At Jeca Yoga, owner Jessica Labbe and her instructors promote the relaxing benefits of yoga. Their classes, which are open to newcomers and more seasoned practitioners alike, include restorative yoga, yin yoga, detox yoga, and peace flow yoga, a slow-moving workout bookended by guided meditation sessions. Augmenting the stress-free vibe, the instructors schedule therapeutic classes such as prenatal yoga, which is performed by a seasoned doula, and gentle yoga paired with Thai massage.
Strength is found in numbers amid Fortitude Health and Training's exposed brick walls and suspended hardwood floors. To fill their gym with good vibes, the certified trainers here emphasize team training and camaraderie. Whether working through TRX suspension classes, boot camps, TRX yoga, or kickboxing sessions, beginners sweat alongside seasoned exercisers, and everyone supports one another.
Equipment: Five 12'x10" competition-grade x-poles, two double-point aerial hoops (lyra), and two aerial silks
Students should bring: Bring water and a towel. Please check website for additional information.
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Juel, Owner/Instructor
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep our clients motivated by providing alternative fitness. Our classes are fun and you are constantly learning new skills, so you are less focused on the workout portion of it. That is, until you are really sore the next day! People want to keep coming back to improve their skills and learn things they never thought they could do.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
At this time, we only provide classes. We offer flexibility, hand balancing, pole dance, aerial silks, aerial hoop (lyra), and conditioning.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Our studio focuses on safety first, and then fun. People are welcome to take whatever aspect of pole dance and aerial fitness they enjoy. If you want to focus on the dance portion and do it just for yourself, that is fine! If you want to learn really hard tricks and compete nationally, that is more than welcome as well!
Yoga students seeking a new challenge can find it in paddleboard yoga at SUP YO. The classes?which take place atop standup paddleboards in local harbors?require greater concentration and coordination than onshore classes, whose students don't have to deal with waves or shouting Poseidons. Keeping with the yoga-in-nature theme, SUP YO also organizes yoga hikes through Mount Washington Valley and yoga retreats in White Mountain National Forest.