The certified instructors of Miss Fits Fitness Studio, Inc. are indeed misfits in the gym industry, as they steer clear of exercise machinery. Instead, they rely on dynamic, female-centric workouts to condition muscles and burn calories. Their curriculum covers Mommy and Me, Zumba, yoga, Pilates/boxing, and dance—including choreography from current music videos. And although the studio rejects machines, it employs a variety of specialized equipment. Kangoo jump boots, for example, enable students to leap and bounce during low-impact cardio routines, and dance poles provide the support for sultry moves that also tone the body.
Longevity Lady Fitness and Spa's instructors create a judgement-free zone where women of all ages and fitness levels can pursue a healthier lifestyle. Of course, they don't expect gym members to make such a journey on their own; they offer 60 group fitness classes each week to help. They cover everything from classic step aerobics and weight training to yoga, Zumba, and even senior fitness classes. After sweating it out in a class or hitting the 1,200-square-foot weight floor, they invite their visitors to relax in the Longevity Oasis, which includes a whirlpool tub, a sauna, and eucalyptus steam room with proper koala defenses installed.
Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
Paper lanterns bounce light off pristine bamboo floors at Surya Yoga studio, where the walls are covered in yoga inspired murals. The 2,500-square-foot space includes two spacious practice rooms, plus a lounge with a couch, candles, and rugs that create a homey vibe. But while it might be tempting to Zen out on the cushions, yoga classes await: from a four-week Introduction to Yoga course to SUP Yoga (stand-up paddleboarding), vinyasa flow, kids' yoga, and more. The studio also hosts events and special workshops with visiting instructors, giving students more ways to grow in their practice.
Inside the infrared-heated studio of Lotus Loft, groups gather seven days a week to bend, stretch, and sweat. It's here that they hone in on the integral mind-body connection that is so unique to the practice of yoga. Though not all the classes are heated, many incorporate warmth to help loosen muscles and increase blood-flow, helping participants to maximize their yoga poses and achieve a highly advanced glow. The studio, which is dedicated to maintaining an environmentally green facility, also plays host to Pilates, Pilates barre, and fitness classes in addition to yoga sessions.
Regardless of skill level, Lynette Allen, RN, and her staff at Transformation Pilates Studio welcome any students looking to improve their strength or flexibility with private or small-group workouts. Her practice space includes a ballet barre, Pilates props, and reformers by Peak Pilates, ensuring that students have the tools they need to forge slender, toned muscles. Using these tools, instructors lead dynamic sessions, which can incorporate mindful stretches alongside strength-building exercises and cardio work to create a full-body workout regimen. During select classes, they help keep spirits high by playing up-tempo music and energetic readings of sunny-weather forecasts.