Certified instructors shepherd students through sweat-inducing and deep-stretching yoga classes at AM/PM Yoga Source’s newly remodeled studio. Students tote along their own yoga mats for 75-minute intermediate Vinyasa classes, where experienced yogis and yoginis journey through a flowing series of challenging poses, including solar self-esteem-boosting sun salutations. A gentle 75-minute Chair Yoga class encourages pupils to perform tension-alleviating postures while seated to relieve back pain and ease older practitioners into asanas. The studio’s flexible schedule boasts morning and evening class times to accommodate fitness-minded multitaskers and stiff-winged bats.
In 1976, Joe Gold, a Muscle Beach ringleader, founded the iconic World Gym, which prides itself on its serious, no-nonsense workouts. Over the years, the results-focused gym has attracted various celebrities as well as regular folks, who are drawn to the gym's belief that "everyone's a star" and has the power to be great.
World Gym Phoenix sets clients up for success by offering each member a fitness orientation with a trainer, plus weight-loss and nutrition counseling. It is equipped with everything from TRX suspension systems to spin bikes to cardio equipment linked to 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
A long-time triathlon competitor and Kripalu yoga practitioner, Sandy Eby was hooked on Bikram yoga after her very first class. She lived nearly two hours away from the nearest studio, though, so she tried to recreate the experience in her basement by practicing in front of a space heater. Unfortunately, it wasn't the same. So, Sandy founded Bikram Yoga of Oswego?a studio that occupies the third floor of the historic Kingsford House, but features modern amenities such as showers and a state-of-the-art heating system.
While the intense heat loosens tight muscles and increases circulation throughout the body, instructors lead 90-minute classes designed to accommodate students of all skill, experience, and fitness levels. Each session consists of the same two breathing exercises and 26 asanas, which systematically strengthen muscle groups and promote healthy organ function.
Integrative Healing Spa's owner, Amber Gilbo, is a double threat: not only is she a licensed massage therapist, but she's also a yoga instructor with a 200-hour certification under her belt. Her center's healing treatments reflect her dual talents. Therapists offer massages in a range of styles, including four-handed massages, during which two massage therapists work in tandem. They also perform reflexology treatments, which target problems throughout the body by focusing pressure on the hands and feet.?In addition to massage, Integrative Healing offers yoga and meditation classes that hone students' flexibility six days a week. Some classes are held by candlelight, and others are focused on strength-building poses. For clients looking for a more high-intensity workout, Integrative Healing Spa also offers Hoopnotica, a fun, fat-burning workout that blends elements of dance and hula hooping.