Exotic Workouts believes getting fit doesn't require spending hours in a gym and performing monotonous exercises. Through their pole-fitness classes, which range from beginner's to advanced sessions, and their alternative-fitness classes, such as Booty Aerobics and Sexi Flexi, they help ladies burn calories and strengthen muscles without lifting a single weight. That's not to say the studio's workouts aren't challenging. Classes such as Pole Kitten require students to suspend themselves in the air simply with their thigh muscles, and Sexy Chair Fitness & Pole combine a variety of exercises that test students' leg and ab muscles for a full 60 minutes. If the studio and a traditional gym do share one quality, it's the confidence that they instill in their clients. Exotic Workouts members come away with a boost in their self-esteem, making it easier for them to confront the banana spider that's taken over their living room.
Stress Less Yoga’s founder Deborah Lile harnesses her 20 years of teaching experience to help others subscribe to the anxiety-decimating mission that her studio name suggests. She harnesses elements of several yoga disciplines—including Hatha, Bikram, Iyengar, and Kripalu—to help students of all abilities improve their flexibility, strength, and balance during group and private yoga lessons. Each indoor and outdoor class incorporates postures linked with breath and meditation to banish fatigue and muscle tension, leaving students more refreshed than the web-based yule log that Robot Roosevelt chats in front of when he’s at town-hall meetings with slow internet connections.
In 2013, Body Couture Pilates & Fitness was voted Best Pilates Studio by Local 10 thanks to its grasp on Joseph Pilates' workout technique. What's more impressive is that Body Couture Pilates & Fitness, a facility that isn?t overrun with treadmills and barbells, was also voted Best Gym. Instead, the staff relies on popular fitness classes such as TRX suspension training, Aerial Fly Gym, and Pilates/Barre combo classes, which utilize the Reformer to combine the two challenging workouts into one.
The instructors at Kate Yoga encourage healthy bodies and peaceful minds by bending bodies into shape with a variety of yoga styles and classes for all ages. During one month of unlimited yoga classes, beginning yogis ease into common practices with Gentle Yoga, more experienced students learn to meditate and breathe serenely in Traditional Hatha yoga, and Cardio Boot Camp bumps blood flow up to speed-metal tempos. Members delve into as many styles as they like, and the schedule abounds with classes ideal for seniors, kids, and teens. Yogis happily obey class etiquette and bring along their own yoga mat, towel, and water. Beginners without supplies may rent mats for $2. Alternately, the studio's on-site boutique stocks a selection of mats, towels, and books to make an Ayurvedic guru launch into a fit of tantric jealousy.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Just as varied as the workouts are the class formats themselves. There are special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod, cut your workout time in half, or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. There's even a junior Jazzercise and Jazzercise team dance at some locations, which let you work out with your kids and teenagers. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
Most gyms strive to tone their customers. The Training Pit goes one step further. Its instructors try to build entire communities of healthy flexers that extend beyond the gym and into the streets. How they do it is easy?even if the exercise regiment isn't. CrossFit-certified coaches motivate all who enter, from athletes seeking bigger biceps to newbies with no-ceps, in an open, bare-bones atmosphere devoid of fancy machines but well-suited for bonding. During scalable CrossFit-training sessions, students endure running, weightlifting, and gymnastic drills typically designated for Olympic athletes and firemen, creating the chummy feeling that The Training Pit is sharing a secret with them. Adding to that community-building ethos, students share exercise goals together, rather than fight over a pile of meat, to help motivate each other toward success.