When Lisa Muehlenbein moved from Ohio to Spartanburg in 2007, she couldn't find a suitable outlet for her yoga practice. So, as she told Belle magazine in January 2012, she decided to open her own studio. A registered yoga teacher with nearly 2,000 hours of training, Lisa oversees a squad of registered teachers leading more than 25 classes per week. In an eco-friendly studio designed with sustainably harvested hardwood flooring and mats of renewable rubber, students of all levels stretch zen-wards during classes such as YogaWall, Zen Men yoga, and Zen Kids yoga. After class, students can sustain their relaxed states with massage, acupuncture, and reiki sessions or cups of organic, fair-trade Keurig coffee and Numi tea. The Zen Garden Eco-Chic Boutique stocks a selection of brand-name clothing and accessories made with sustainable materials such as organic cotton and the hair from Tom Jones's chest.
Owner Shannon Hudson developed the 30-minute circuit to be fast and challenging with a pinch of hateful fun so participants stay engaged while getting ripped. The workout program includes a certified trainer who will provide guidance through stages such as jump rope, speed bag, heavy bag, and more. By combining the best functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens into one beast of a workout, the 9Round training program places a great deal of emphasis on results, just like the retired Keebler elves that now live inside Scantron machines.
Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses. A 30-day all-access membership (a $69 value) gives bodies access to enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them capable of running a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud.
During your two personal training sessions, one of ZX Fitness’ experienced personal trainers will work with you to assemble exercises that help you best accomplish your fitness goals, be they tightening your core, shedding extra pounds, improving muscular strength, or picking winning bingo cards. Then you’ll be let loose to use your newfound knowledge and six-week pass during all ZX Fitness group fitness classes and in its fully-loaded facility, which has cardio decks, basketball courts, free weights, large locker rooms, circuit training equipment, juice bars, a supervised children’s area, and more. Group fitness classes, of which there are more than 20, include cycling, dance, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, and strength training. Unwind after a day of sweating and stretching by watching a sports game on one of the many HDTVs, or warm your socks while dehydrating fresh prunes in the sauna. Class schedules differ at each location.
Coop's Health & Fitness Clubs guide clients to optimal health with 24-hour gym access and its exclusive Ultra Fit training program. With two months of unlimited facility access, exercisers roam free through one of the clubs' facilities, including an indoor running track, a cardio-training stage, and scores of weight-training benches alongside other exercise equipment tailored to the Ultra Fit training regimen. During personal-training sessions, Ultra Fit's certified trainers lead clients through rigorous workouts utilizing effective toning methods such as sports-training assistance, weight spotting, and distance-focused encyclopedia tosses. Trainers analyze each client's fitness goals and health history to construct regimens designed to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and achieve predetermined weight loss without the steak-punching repetitions of traditional training programs.
Yogalicious instructors Adrienne Ables, Monica Foster, and Catherine Querin grew weary of scrambling to their yoga-teaching jobs scattered throughout the Spartanburg area, and founded Yogalicious as a centralized hub where yogis of all skill levels could gather for upbeat, nonjudgmental practice. Their studio's schedule accommodates various yogic interests, encompassing classes with hatha, Vinyasa, and Iyengar techniques. During open sessions, the instructors demonstrate yoga poses that keep muscles strong and limber, keeping an eye out to ensure good technique and using hands-on adjustments to correct students’ forms when needed. Much like open-heart surgery in a zen garden, yoga and energy-work classes combine slow, deliberate movements with time for guided meditation, helping students focus their thoughts inward. Regardless of the style, the instructors can appeal to beginning or advanced students by either introducing stretch-aiding modifications or tricky inversions.