Xtreme Pole Fitness champions self-expression through the sensual shimmies of pole and dance classes, all of which follow the lead of a certified instructor. Students can tighten their torsos with gravity-defying spins and tricks during multiple levels of pole-dancing instruction, or step to the infectious beats of Booty-Robics and Chair Tease sessions. Private parties honor birthday girls with a walk-through of spicy choreography and optional amenities, including a limo service and magnetic stilettos for on-the-pole moonwalks. The studio cultivates communal energy in a noncompetitive environment, enabling women of all fitness backgrounds to fully unleash their moxie-fueled moves.
Leslie Lehman and Allison Skinner both fell in love with yoga almost immediately. They felt the mental and physical benefits of the form in their very first classes, and couldn’t wait to take more. Today, more than a decade later, Leslie and Allison have joined forces to create a unique yoga experience. They lead in-house sessions such as yoga boot camp that challenge yogis with power-flow postures and end with guided relaxation. In addition to studio classes, Leslie and Allison bring yoga to their students, hosting events for adults and themed parties for children.
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.
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.
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.