A professional dancer with a career that spanned more than 19 years, Amanda Edwards at More Than Core Fitness uses her Peak Pilates and Bender Barre Method certifications to help clients tone their bodies. She leads mat and Reformer Pilates classes, which work to strengthen the core in order to burn calories and balance the body. She also teaches Bender Barre Method classes, which use body resistance and balance challenges to develop stability and lean, dancer-like muscles.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
Fig Garden's experienced instructors—all of whom are registered with the national Yoga Alliance or trained by independent schools in their areas of specialization—have been inching Fresnites toward enlightenment since 1998. The cozy, intimate studio focuses on the Iyengar style of hatha yoga, often employing props such as blocks, straps, and water-squirting boutonnières to aid participants of all ages and experience levels in maintaining poses suitable for Cubist figure-drawing classes. After a few classes, inflexible flexors will see an improvement in balance, an increase in core strength, and a newfound taffy-like bendability. In addition to stretching and burnishing a stiff soul-sack, hatha yoga focuses the mind and eases emotional tension caused by the continued inability to beat a cousin at pogs. Fig Garden's ongoing repertoire of small, drop-in classes ($15 each) ensure that greenhorn yogis and experienced gurus have many opportunities for individual attention.
Perfect Balance Yoga is an award-winning yoga studio that helps its members achieve and maintain a healthy body-and-spirit balance. Experienced yoga teachers instruct students in gentle and restorative yoga, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga, with classes geared toward meditation, kids, and moms-to-be. Inside the Perfect Balance studio, students are soothed by the spare, spacious practice area and its welcoming warmth.
Combining massage therapy, yoga, and nutritional counseling, Thai Yoga with Suzy aims to move its clients toward whole-body health. Thai Yoga with Suzy is based out of Perfect Balance Yoga Studio, and Suzy also makes house calls so her clients can rest after bodywork sessions.
Illuminate Hair Studio and Spa's licensed aesthetician Megan Pacheco knows skin. Inside of a private, pale-yellow treatment room—and beneath the glow of a crystal chandelier—Pacheco treats clients to facials, all-natural peels, and microdermabrasion. She also improves skin's appearance by ousting unwanted hair with wax.