The average exerciser may not know Nia, but Sarah and Amy of Somatic Alchemy live and breathe the holistic workout. They teach the blend of dance, martial arts, and healing arts in an upbeat, yet relaxing environment. Set to music, Nia’s steps are carefully guided, and they burn calories without high impact. So Sarah and Amy welcome students at all levels of fitness to their classes, held atop The Reach Center’s sprung floors (which are easy on the joints).
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Just Breathe co-owners and instructors Quincy O'Toole and Mandy Baucum spread their love of movement and wellness through a variety of fitness classes. Though their diverse team of instructors comes from many different backgrounds—including massage therapy, academia, and traditional Chinese medicine—they all share a desire to help guests of all ages and abilities understand their own bodies. During yoga, Pilates, and tai chi classes, they not only work to boost strength, flexibility, and endurance, but to also relieve stress via meditation. They also host Nia aerobic classes, which blend movements from dance and martial arts.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Eugene Yoga's team of yoga instructors builds a community of holistic wellness-seekers with a robust and diverse lineup of 61 Hatha-based yoga classes, which take place in two rooms. Inexperienced students can take sticky mats for a test drive during Gentle yoga 1 classes that walk them through fundamental poses while emphasizing deep-breathing techniques that hone concentration. More advanced students can try Power Flow, which features a strengthening flow of postures designed to build muscle and coordination. Women can hone their practice during ladies-only sessions that promote strong bodies and self-confidence in a noncompetitive atmosphere. In addition to focusing on safe and sustainable yoga for all members of the community, yogis also sell premium mats and props, as well as clothing and gifts from local vendors.