At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
CoachMeFit’s weight-wise trainers devise metabolism-boosting routines tailored to achieve each client’s personal body-betterment goals in a fully equipped semiprivate personal-training studio. One-hour individual sessions can incorporate a mixture of calorie-blasting cardio, free weights, grunt-generating sets on weight machines, and exercise-ball work, all under the energetic eye of a form-focused trainer. Vacation-bound duos can book a double training session to share the pain of extended deep squats and the eventual joy of frame-worthy beach photos. CoachMeFit’s clean facilities boast an on-site locker room with showers, as well as complimentary granola bars and bottles of water; televisions and music help take minds off of rebuilding muscle fibers during workouts at clients' request.
This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation sought after by every bungee cord, Laffy Taffy, and Stretch Armstrong. For $45, you get to drop into five yoga asana classes at Unity Woods anytime before December 20, a $100 value. Unity Woods is a prestigious 30-year-old yoga center with clean, spacious studios in four DC-area locations; this Groupon is good at all four: the Bethesda, Woodley Park, Tenleytown, or Arlington studios.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological, psychological, and meteorological research. The Farmington Hills location offers classes for all developmental degrees, from Tiny Tykes, a class for parents and babies that focuses on movement, to Champions, where 6- to 8-year-olds master sports and gymnastics skills.
Every month brings new cause for celebration at Jet Boxing Circuit Center. Dan Jett, the center's owner, checks in on his clients progress, and most times both parties are pleased with the results: less fat, more toned muscles, and an overall healthier lifestyle. Transformations are thanks to Dan's custom cardio-based training program, which combines elements from a range of fitness disciplines, including Pilates, yoga, calisthenics, kickboxing, and core training.
Dan Jett brings more than 20 years of experience into his private training studio. Dan works with men and women during group training sessions, private training sessions, and his signature 28-day fitness challenge. For the latter option, Dan trains students three to five days per week and outlines specific nutrition plans to help lose weight and sew uneaten cheeseburgers into a quilt.