Dr. King Rollins discovered the healing effects of yoga after three decades of competing in marathons and ultramarathons (100K) left severe wear on his muscles and joints. His experience as a chiropractor, certified Bikram instructor, and Olympic coach guides his transformative-posture sequences, which are designed to challenge entire physiques and reduce the risk of injury. With a team of certified instructors by his side, he implements these foundations in more than 120 hot or temperate classes each week, one class for each second it takes to lick an envelope in super-slow motion. The 7,000-square-foot space houses three studios with P.E.M. flooring that is easily sanitized and serves as a stage for hot-yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes, which include power Vinyasa and boot-camp classes.
Dr. Rollins also harnesses his 23 years of chiropractic experience as he performs complimentary injury evaluations and yoga-posture modifications onsite, ensuring that his clients don't strain wounded muscles. Before and after class, guests can visit the studio's smoothie shop, Fresh Mama's, to grab a healthy smoothie blended with fresh fruits and vegetables or a hearty salad or wrap.
Pilates Element focuses on more than just increasing strength and flexibility—the hardwood-floored studio’s relaxing atmosphere also cultivates a holistic, mind-body wellness. The diverse group workouts here run the gamut from traditional mat classes and Reformer sessions, which take place on Pilates’ signature resistance-training structure, to more niche coursework in Piloxing, yoga, and circus-training Pilates. For one-on-one attention, patrons can opt for private sessions or go stand in the corner for some one-on-zero attention. Thanks to various exercise modifications, the studio’s coursework can train students ranging from novice to veteran athlete, or it can aid with post-injury rehabilitation.
As sunlight streams through Core Studios' large square windows at 6 a.m., students are already dipping into deep stretches on their Reformer machines. Certified Pilates instructors with backgrounds in dance, physical therapy, and fitness guide them in the dawn’s light, adjusting their postures and askew sweatbands atop the glossy hardwood floor. Later in the day, the staff might add dumbbells and boot-camp drills to its Pilates movements, or suspend guests from TRX cords for resistance exercises.
Inferno Hot Pilates founder Gabriella Walters is a one-woman decathlon. In her native Budapest, she was an emerging track-and-field athlete and competitive diver. After winning long-jump events and 400-meter races, she moved to the U.S. in 2002 to try her hand at IFBB fitness competitions when she suffered a severe knee injury. After she physically recovered with equal parts meditation, yoga, and Pilates, she traveled to India and learned deeksha and meditated for several months. When she returned to the States, she became a certified Pilates instructor and opened Inferno Hot Pilates. There, her resolve is on full display during high-energy and results-oriented fitness classes, including TRX-suspension training and more than 30 weekly hot-Pilates classes that are staged inside a 95-degree room where the atmosphere is 45% humidity and 55% exported from the top of Mount Olympus.
Because they believe movement is a precise science, the teaching team at Pilates + Yoga only recruits experts. Each certified instructor must have a background of 10 years or more in their movement-based art, whether they practice Pilates, yoga, dance, or interpretive sitting. They wield their knowledge during the studio's classes, adapting mat-based and apparatus moves to suit beginners and Pilates pros alike. Their wealth of experience also allows them to structure specialized lessons for pre- and post-natal women. From moves aboard the reformer machine to Vinyasa sequences to boot-camp circuits, they compose workouts that hone both strength and mental focus. The Pilates + Yoga studio reflects the same level of commitment toward the environment that the teachers display for their practice. Students stretch on bamboo flooring, their silhouettes dimly illuminated by low-lighting sconces, and solar blankets deter the sun. Reusable cups and cloth towels cut down on waste, and the Return Your Mat policy ensures that no mat purchased at the studio is thrown out or forced to work under wrestling Barbie dolls.
Spinal surgery led Nina Waldman to Pilates. After her husband was injured playing professional basketball in Jerusalem—severely enough to require surgery—she became fascinated with Pilates, which he took up as part of his physical rehabilitation. Nina originally aspired to a career in sports medicine, but instead became certified in Pilates and opened two studios, one in Jerusalem and one in her native Las Vegas.
At Body in Mind, Nina and her staff teach Pilates, yoga, and spinning, as well as Candlelight Stretch. This class combines yoga, Pilates, strength training, and sports stretching, and is taught by candlelight. In addition to fitness classes, Body in Mind also stocks Juice Plus+ to supplement healthy diets.
At Elevé Training Studios, head instructor Alfredo Brandt, along with an experienced staff, leads participants in specialized cardio and core-fitness workouts designed to elevate body and mind. The studio's signature Elevé Tramp classes use trampolines to raise heart rates, putting less harmful stress on joints than many conventional workouts.