Many know yoga's positive effects on tendons, ligaments, and general well-being, but few delve into the specifics of how yoga benefits a person's epiglottis and liver-bones. Source Yoga Center brings together a talented ensemble of certified instructors who practice yoga with an emphasis on graceful, flowing movements to induce physical and spiritual alignment. Classes take place in a large and spacious tranquility chamber with smooth wooden floors and pacifying aquamarine walls. When you arrive for your first class, you'll be registered to drop in for your two remaining sessions. You'll also get a chance to schedule your hour-long deep-tissue massage, which further rewards the body for all of its proactive yogaing through relaxing manipulations that increase blood flow and eliminate knottedness.
About 78 million people make up the baby-boomer generation, composing more than a quarter of the population—the fastest-growing demographic in the United States, AgeSuccessfully’s coach told WTHR. But while boomers have a longer life expectancy than previous generations, they aren't as healthy as other generations were at the same age. However, older Americans can help combat this trend through physical activity. At AgeSuccessfully, a fitness center providing health and fitness solutions for boomers and beyond, trainers work with those of all fitness and health levels to customize workout routines. In order to be accessible to as many as possible, classes may be taken while sitting or standing. Using treadmills, resistance bands, balance balls, and weights, exercisers work on their balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, and cardio recovery, either on their own or in personal, couples, or group training.
At Inner Strength CrossFit, instructors create a cooperative and supportive environment for building dynamic strength and fitness. Certified instructor Nick Kirkes slowly ramps up incoming students, teaching CrossFit’s approach to fitness and introducing the system’s core moves over the course of several foundational classes. Athletes can then pursue new goals for power, agility, and balance as they pull weight sleds, bound through box jumps, and hurl medicine balls.
Director Kara Reibel helms a staff of instructors who help students tone core muscles with an arsenal of more than 500 mat and Pilates-machine techniques. Certified in Pilates by the PhysicalMind Institute, Kara and her instructors lead private, semiprivate, and small-group classes in a variety of Pilates methods, including reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, and ladder-barrel training. To ensure that each individual gets personalized instruction during reformer sessions, Kara caps these classes at four students or one fitness-conscious octopus, and teaches students to use their body weight as resistance during mat classes that lengthen and tone core muscles.
You might not have guessed it if you saw the trim, muscular, and infectiously energetic Zumba instructor today, but there was a time when Granita Young was overweight. She enrolled in Zumba classes hoping to get into shape and was immediately grabbed by the lively music and the spirit-lifting dance routines. It wasn’t long before Granita had shed her excess pounds, earned her instructor certification, and began leading Zumba classes of her own.
Nowadays, at NZ Fitness, the seasoned instructor and her staff guide students of all abilities through Zumba and other energy-infused dance fitness classes. To supplement their skills, the team draws on a range of gear that includes maraca-like hand weights and Ripstix to build strength and sculpt muscles. Equally important to Granita and company is maintaining a non-judgmental environment and keeping class sizes personal and not overly crowded.
Bolstered by a blur-fisted team of instructors with a range of backgrounds from high level athletic competition to law enforcement, Krav Maga Worldwide’s head instructor Jeff outfits muscle-memories with the skills to blast back attackers.
The martial art bases its moves on instinctual defensive motions, transforming them into devastating strikes and practical techniques for disarming modern attackers who tend to carry weapons such as guns, knives, and folding chairs. A suite of four classes usher the spindle-shanked neophyte through moves that scale up, building on the same basic defensive maneuvers that law-enforcement organizations and militaries around the world—including the Israeli Defense Force and the United States Marines—employ. Always providing the most modern techniques, the studio also helps keep tots off a bully’s atomic-wedgie list with classes for kids as young as 3 years old.