Natural light spills through a large window in Inspire Yoga's practice space to warm and illuminate students as they balance on bare feet and gracefully sweep poses. These students work their way through the studio's four signature classes, which offer challenges for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Beginners often start with Spark, mastering the foundations of vinyasa flow with poses that can even challenge those already familiar with yoga. Renew's slow-flow hatha postures also lay the groundwork for further practice, letting students stretch away tension and boost flexibility.
Inspire Yoga's schedule also includes Empower and Inspire, two classes that showcase the movement-based vinyasa tradition. Empower builds upon the foundations learned in lower-level classes, equipping students to transition between intermediate and advanced poses. The studio's most advanced class, Inspire challenges even seasoned students, integrating breathing exercises, physically challenging poses, and mind-centering meditations into a single practice.
In addition to hosting classes seven days a week, Inspire Yoga also brings workshops and advanced training events to the community, hosts private small-group sessions, and offers life coaching.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
This multifaceted education center celebrates Bollywood culture with a variety of dance, music, and fitness classes. Bollywood Arts Performing Center allows clients to study the sounds of Bollywood with vocal training, drumming classes, and mandatory 24-hour Bollywood-movie-watching marathons. During kathak dance sessions, students learn the classical Indian steps featured in major Bollywood films, whereas krumping and popping and locking take center stage during hip-hop classes. The center also offers fitness programs, such as Zumba and yoga, which keep bodies primed for dancing and running competitive paper routes.
The certified master trainer at Core Group Fitness wants his clients to build strength they can use for more than just lifting heavier and heavier weights. Instead of working them with weight machines that build muscles in a single direction, he motivates students through TRX sessions, which use the body’s weight as the primary resistance. Students’ big main muscles hold them up while their smaller secondary muscles keep them from toppling over from lack of balance. This ballet of coordination builds solid, reliable strength that’s applicable in real world situations, which is why TRX has been used to train military and police personnel.
Though they're all in enviable shape, you shouldn't feel intimidated by the highly accomplished certified trainers at Performant Fitness & Core Group Fitness. The team?which includes pro fitness competitors, marathon runners, and Tae Kwon Do black belts amongst its ranks? works hard to foster an encouraging atmosphere in the gym, motivating patrons of all ages and fitness levels to work together to tackle the workout of the day.
But that doesn't mean the sessions are easy. Each day, the trainers lead a routine that combines interval, strength, cardio, and flexibility training into one high-intensity, functional workout. And no two workouts are the same. One day, it might incorporate kettlebell drills and TRX band exercises, while the next might challenge patrons to toss medicine balls or heave bags of sand. Meanwhile, those who prefer to exercise at their own pace can gain 24-hour access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment, including cardio machines equipped with personal TVs that always remember your name.
When Yogi Kids founder Liza Doll became a mother of three girls within 18 months, she realized that her new position as a full-time mom wouldn’t allow her to continue working as an elementary-school teacher. She never lost her passion for teaching, however, so she took up every part-time gig she could find, including tutoring, leading Sunday-school classes, and working in preschool physical education. As her kids got older, she found that they began to take an interest in one of her personal passions—yoga. A new idea sprang into her head: she would open a studio where she could combine her love of teaching kids with her love of yoga, facilitating a place where tots could be active while learning how to be calm and self-reflective. Now, along with her cadre of dedicated instructors, "Miss Liza" teaches young'uns to be yogis, offering classes ranging from game-filled preschool sessions to more advanced preteen lessons for kids up to 13 in a non-competitive atmosphere with small student-to-instructor ratios.
To meet the demands of moms and dads, Doll and her team now offer more than 40 adult classes a week, including beginners' yoga, more advanced power yoga, Zumba, and total-body fitness.