After suffering from a back injury, former dancer and athletic fitness guru Elise Moore discovered Pilates during her rehabilitation. Her love for the exercise form continued to flourish even after she felt better, inspiring her to open her own studio where she could put her Pilates certification and 20-plus years in the fitness industry to good use leading group mat and reformer classes.
Kathy Stewart-Bronson is a clinical exercise specialist, Titleist-certified golf fitness professional, and licensed massage therapist. Jennifer Beeler is a certified personal trainer with specializations in TRX and nutritional counseling. The women spend their workdays inside Ultimate Fitness, dispensing personal-training sessions that benefit beginners, athletes, and post-surgical patients. Kathy also helps golfers perfect their swing during a 9- to 12-week program, and offers massages for pain management.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use gym-goers' own body weights, fitness levels, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Courtsports revitalizes fleshy chassis with a bevy of stress-busting services and invigorating exercise programs. Multifarious one-hour massages enable achy patrons to safely release their inner tensions. Available massage modalities include Swedish, deep-tissue, shallow paper towel, sports, and more. For the untense, a range of regular group classes, such as Pilates, yoga, and Yogalates, help fitness fanatics mold their bodies into more acceptable shapes. Cardio junkies can crush calories during a kickboxing or cycling class or shed extra pounds while engaged in exciting cardio rhythm or tai chi classes. Click here to view Courtsports' full class schedule.
Students should bring: Water bottle
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Everyone smiles here.
When Jay Martin started the Lifeforce Fitness Project in 2006, he imagined it as a yoga studio. But it turned out to be so much more. Jay began to blend cross-training into his yoga classes, adding strength training and cardiovascular exercises into routines that utilized Vinyasa sequences, balance work, and inverted poses. The result was a whole new kind of workout that Jay came to call "Lifeforce Fit". Today, he still teaches traditional hatha yoga classes, but his Lifeforce Fit classes remain the most popular since it blends the physical and mental benefits of several disciplines into one workout, like a relay race with a spelling component.