In a newly renovated fitness center with polished hardwood floors and expansive windows, the exercise experts at Dancing Mind welcome students of all ages and fitness levels as they combine physical practice with meditation to strengthen bodies and minds. Here, students have more than 100 weekly classes to choose from, including empowering yoga, sweat-kindling cycling classes, and body-sculpting CrossFit sessions. Yoga classes practice inside a studio equipped with special athletic flooring and heated up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps detoxify the body and keep sinews limber for safer stretching. Students of every age, background, and experience levels are sure to find a yoga class to suit them: from Power Yoga, to the cardio- and weight-infused yoga of PowerSculpt, to the deep stretching and meditation of Yin Yoga, to Little Pretzels, a yoga class designed for young children. While instructors lead inspiring classes, assistants offer supportive adjustments to help students gain a better understanding of their bodies and poses.
Meanwhile, CrossFit classes gather in their own dedicated gym to challenge one another to the practice's high-intensity, functional movements?each one universally scalable to any fitness level or ability?in order to build strong, chiseled bodies. Cycling instructors get students' hearts pumping in the center's fully equipped studio for 45-, 60-, and 75-minute classes filled with invigorating music and carefully choreographed workouts. After class, guests can cool down in brand new showers and locker rooms, or lounge with new friends by the fireplace.
Unyong Kim regards every event in her life as an influence that has molded her teaching model, from conquering the fear of public speaking to crossing the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon. She pours all her wisdom and experience into her yoga classes, which are designed to promote relaxation for her students. She tries to teach yoga as a state of mind, rather than a series of postures, packaging it as a meditative practice for personal benefit and an attitude that can inform life off the mat.
The core of Unyong's training still takes place in the classroom, though. She has a series designed to promote a calm state of mind, a series to challenge the body, and a series built around family-style games such as horseshoes, where dad is the pole and little Billy is the horseshoe.
Having played hundreds of tennis matches over the years, Steven and Pete have had to string their rackets more times than they can count. They've learned the subtleties of the art—which strings to choose for durability, which for power, and which for finely grated cheese—as well as how to replace strings speedily. Their pickup and delivery services ensure that players can return to the court without a pit stop. With polyester, multifilament, and synthetic strings from brands such as Dunlop, Babolat, Kirschbaum, Wilson, and Luxilon, their wide variety suits most rackets. The store locations also sell other tennis accessories, from balls to replacement grips.
The goal at Brickhouse Cardio Club, according to its website, “is to ditch the workout and have a party in every class.” To do this, the trainers crank up energetic dance music on the full sound system so it reverberates through every plank of the joint-friendly flooring, motivating the students to power through the Zumba, PiYo Strength, INSANITY, and TRX Suspension Training classes. This unconventional approach to fitness also surfaces in the friendly trainers’ dedication to cultivating a supportive community of members, as well as creating a welcoming space free from ogling gym rats.
In 2011, three old high school buddies?Jason, Scott, and George?started 5 Rings Fitness, adopting a no-nonsense approach to exercise. Over the years, they've upgraded their space and expanded their roster of workouts, but their core philosophy has not changed. Today visitors come in for CrossFit workouts, personal training sessions, and competitive strength training, pushing themselves to achieve their goals in a no-frills facility that gives off a tough, industrial vibe.
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.