“This is not a gym,” Kelly Barbera told Southern Exposure Magazine in 2010. “This is a boutique-style studio where everybody knows everybody.” Kelly, a former acrobat, and her husband, Joey—a former wrestler—run Temple Fitness. In their cozy orange-and-highlighter-green space bedecked with inspirational quotes, the two line the walls with everything comprehensive fitness programs need, from kettlebells to a room dedicated to TRX equipment. The studio wears many hats, with the two designing an assorted handful of fitness and health modalities: boot camp for women, strength-training camp for men, baseball cross-training, personal training, and nutritional planning.
Together, they push exercisers through routines characterized by an abundance of positive feedback and motivation, a hallmark of their gym. Periodically, the two open the facility to host Able Youth nonprofit boot camp for kids confined to wheelchairs.
As a studio for BarreAmped classes, Relevé One Fitness Studios boasts experienced instructors, including owner master teacher/trainer Amy Weber, who was mentored by BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen. Each team member has been through more than 250 hours of apprenticeship, readying them to help lead their students through the barre-based workouts, which combine influences from dance, Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching. Because the classes emphasize proper form, teachers correct postures with a gentle touch. As students perform isolated movements in challenging poses, they burn body fat and lengthen their muscles.
In addition to regular BarreAmped classes, the instructors teach advanced sessions and boot-camp classes that infuse interval training into the workouts. They also offer personal training to target specific goals, whether clients are seeking to power past workout plateaus or trying to score a 10 on the Mohs scale of rock hardiness.
Xtend Barre's founder, Andrea Rogers, has traveled the world as a professional dancer, sharing the stage with celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias and Aaron Carter along the way. Once she slowed her pace a bit, a second career path emerged: fitness instruction. As a certified Pilates teacher, she witnessed how focused, floor-based isometrics could sculpt muscles as long and flexible as a dachshund doing a gymnastics routine. However, these exercises didn't always raise the heart rate enough to provide a cardiovascular workout. Disappointed, she began to experiment. Lo and behold, when the moves were flipped upright, she could pair them with dance elements, which solved the heart-rate problem and added a dose of excitement. Barre exercises from her ballet training became a staple of the routine, helping to stretch and strengthen the body from the inside out. In addition to burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be.
Led by more than 1,000 wellness experts at locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee, the more than 30,000 members of Prairie Life Fitness have discovered why the company slogan is "Fitness for the Entire Family." The certified trainers and instructors cater to exercisers of various ages and abilities, all within an upscale, welcoming atmosphere. Kids take advantage of engaging childcare activities and youth programs, including swimming lessons, martial arts, and story time. Meanwhile, parents can workout on the latest equipment, including stationary cycles and Pilates machines. Guests can also relax with amenities such as massage therapy, tanning beds, and a whirlpool powered by wholesale bags of Pop Rocks.
Partake in a full-body workout that’s designed to lengthen, strengthen, and tone bodies with small-group classes in a supportive and relaxing studio atmosphere. The certified staff of body benders coaxes the natural bounty of strength from hibernating muscles while helping students shed stress. Attentive instruction assists visitors in strengthening their fleshoskeletons at a comfortable pace while ensuring that safety is a top priority. Don a firm federation of limbs with today’s side deal to Absolute Pilates.
At the age of three, an age when most kids are honing their recipe for Play-Doh spaghetti, Danika Miles was perfecting her dance moves. She competed with the River Cities Dance Company, minored in dance at Marshall University, and went on to earn an MBA so that she could share her passion with others. Finally, she founded BareFeet Studios, a facility with two dance spaces and sprung-wood floors. Within BareFeet, Danika and fellow instructors lead student—as young as three to adults—in dance forms such as ballet, hip-hop, and tap. They also offer open-level yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and fitness boot camps.
Students with years of experience can audition for BareFeet Studios' senior company, which performs at benefits, charity events, and conventions with other professional dance companies. The studio additionally hosts an annual spring concert, birthday parties, and private lessons.