Ophidia Dance transforms women's bodies into living works of art during dance fitness classes held in a safe, judgement-free environment. Twerk'n Hip Hop builds up a sweat with a powerful beat, and Ballet Booty Barre combines grace and energetic motion. Pole Dance classes, meanwhile, teaches students how to workout with sensual moves and the ability to laugh in the face of gravity.
Meditation often urges you to focus on a mental image. As such, Meditative Mind offers an array of classes and workshops to improve mental clarity and focus as well as physical health. During yoga sessions, students of all skill levels learn poses as well as pranayama and meditation techniques to improve breath control and tone their physiques. Guided mediation, meditation classes, and workshops focus on internal healing, whereas massage helps to work out muscular kinks. For personal initiatives such as tai chi, customers can rent Meditative Mind's studio space or win it by tricking a troll that lives under a bridge.
Body Renew Fitness's boot camps ($149) keep clients engaged and bodies guessing with a slate of workouts that vary from session to session. Boot campers will partake in the latest strength and conditioning exercises in the camps—held Mondays through Fridays—as they grow under the guidance of Body Renew's certified trainers, skilled in the ways of the push-up and the worth of positive thinking. In addition to fat-searing workouts, boot-camp members will learn all about the basics of nutrition with Body Renew's Solutions program. Get educated in the scientifics of body-fat percentage, body-mass index, calories, basal metabolic rate, and more—everything you need to grill the fat out and transform your body into a sizzling-hot specimen of leanness. And unlike many other outdoor boot camps, Body Renew Fitness gives its students access to indoor gym amenities ($40) and state-of-the-art exercise machines, allowing you to add new colors to the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly that is your fitness regimen.
The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
In becoming a Pilates instructor, Erin Creagan gave up the ocean for a calm, birch forest. The switch came after countless injuries in her hips and shoulders—the results of swimming in national-level, open-ocean competitions. Erin turned to Pilates as a strengthening regimen, and found that it helped alleviate her symptoms as it toned and slimmed her body. From there, she immersed herself in training. Erin completed an 800-hour certification program, worked at several gyms, and eventually was able to open her own studio.
Breathing Room is a serene, supportive space, with murals of birch trees lining soft brown walls. Reformer machines and mats take up the floor, often in partnership with props like magic circles or small hand weights. During classes, Erin and her staff combine Pilates fundamentals with modern methods to address each client's needs. Mat sessions encompass classical Pilates movements, whereas barre classes incorporate the ballet barre as an exercise tool or a dramatic joust after a fit of rage. The studio also hosts private and semi-private lessons, which allows instructors to craft personalized workouts based on specific goals.
As a gymnastics coach, Kaia FIT founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia FIT sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade.
At Kaia FIT, a team of expert fitness coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy, and vanquish fat. They root their FIT sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness. They also ramp up their regular FIT program during Brik boot camps, in which students sweat through ever-changing routines to keep their bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. Although each program ranges in intensity and length, all workouts and moves can be modified to suit the fitness level of any client. To further help clients reach their fitness goals, the studio makes available a bounty of healthy, flavorful recipes online.