For Rachel Robertson, five is a magic number. It's the number of movements that the spine is capable of—flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation, and neutral—and it's the maximum number of students she'll allow in one of her classes (which are 55 minutes long). Because the classes are kept small, her guidance is precise and personalized. She makes small modifications to each student's form as they segue from one exercise to the next, helping them not only to perfect their technique, but to become increasingly aware of the way their body functions.
Rachel's lessons incorporate mats as well as Stott Pilates equipment, from Reformers to stability chairs. Though all of her routines help to build core strength, balance, and flexibility, she tailors them to address the needs of each client, whether they're an athlete hoping to hone performance or someone looking to lose weight. Rehabilitative and specialty classes even focus on conditions such as scoliosis or pelvic-floor problems. Alongside her fellow instructor and former student Shyra, Rachel coaches clients of all ages and fitness levels to higher levels of wellness.
Founder and CEO Allison Beardsley's passion for Pilates sparked after struggling to find exercise that would not aggravate her basketball-related ailments. The discovery that the efficient resistance moves helped her to develop a strong core without subjecting her joints to pain inspired her to spread the word of Pilates's benefits to others, which she does from 10 clean and sunny Club Pilates–studio locations. A team of certified instructors teaches the group classes, which are designed to strengthen, tighten, and tone the entire body. The staff leads students through controlled movements and breathing techniques performed on specialized Pilates machines, such as the Reformer, a Pilates ballet barre, and retired kitchen chairs. To ensure each patron can craft a well-rounded workout regimen that suits his or her needs, the studios offer stretching and sculpting classes that touch upon a variety of fitness modalities.
The friendship of yoga teachers Sarah Freeman and Marci Kawar is rooted in innovation. They met while coordinating a kids' summer camp, but soon combined their love of nature and paddleboarding into a new way to practice yoga: atop the water. The duo found paddleboard yoga to be both challenging and serene, like a trivia night hosted by Mr. Rogers. Though the classes at Floating Yogis are open to beginners, they also force more experienced students to rethink the way they pose. As Kawar told Tawny Maya McCray of The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything is engaged, everything is super-strong the whole time; you?re not just going through the motions."
Kaili Hunt has always been dedicated to fitness, and through his experience earning a degree in exercise physiology and snatching up any certifications he came across, he developed his own method of training. His classes take students through a five-stage development program. The program aims to take students of all fitness levels and not only match them up with the right intensity but also put them on a path to improving their fitness level.
As many as 25 teachers shelter under the umbrella of Soleil Yoga, each with his or her own history, story, and style of instruction. Their collective knowledge spans the spectrum of yogic disciplines, from the highly traditional Ashtanga yoga to the ever-changing Vinyasa style. They carefully calibrate the thermostat in their seaside studio to produce temperatures that complement each workout. These range from room-temperature sessions to 99-degree bouts of hot yoga—or, as the FBI calls it, stolen yoga.
Frog's Fitness eases members into healthier living with access to first-rate exercise equipment and a bevy of sweat-inducing group fitness classes. Torch calories after a long day of gravy rafting with a cardiovascular rowing course, or turn your torso into a supernatural paragon of definition with a core-conditioning class. Frog’s Fitness's site-specific training and services include aquatic fitness programs and [tennis] (http://gr.pn/kvCqDF) (extra fees may apply for advanced classes and lessons). Kranking classes challenge patrons to power bicycle-like machines with their hands and operate weighted chopsticks with their feet in a multipronged workout as intense as a checkers game against the Hulk. Membership also includes an initial health and fitness assessment, and every location except the Hotel Circle South location offers supervised child-care with advance reservations.