Yoga Bliss elongates muscles and empowers equilibrium through a range of tailored stretching sessions, with several frequently offered course types and more than 35 sessions on the weekly schedule. The Ashtanga Primary Series, derived from meditative Hatha yoga, bolsters spiritual as well as spinal alignment, and hot yoga melts away stressors including toxins, muscle tension, and ice sculptures shaped like childhood bullies. Neophytes begin their evolution into veteran yogis with Basics seminars, and the gentle/restorative session's slow motions and measured breathing accommodate aspiring back-benders with injuries sustained during previous workouts or backyard wrestling matches. Students can stretch out on their own mat or rent one from the studio for an additional $2.
Erin Douglass's charming fitness boutique beckons dancers—who have and don't have experience—with its wall-spanning mirrors and ballet barre. After years of honing her Pilates skills and earning her teaching certification, Erin began to branch out to other exercise modalities and eventually discovered BarreAmped, an inventive form of dance and cardio-infused Pilates. Instantly pleased with how the technique blended a medley of small, isometric movements to sculpt lean muscle while elevating the heart rate, Erin shifted her Pilates-only practice into Purely e barre + pilates. This shift has enabled her to offer dynamic sweat sessions that are as challenging as each client makes them, potentially as challenging as selling a china shop during an earthquake or as easy as squashing a cake with an anvil.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers work to torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room, ideal for drenching annoyingly dry towels. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Customers dust off unexplored muscle groups with the myriad exercise amenities at Spectrum Athletic Clubs. Although facilities vary by location, visitors can unleash a stationary bike from an indoor cycling studio to ride through spaces that include Pilates studios, basketball and volleyball courts, cardio equipment with individual flat-screens, heated swimming pools, and women-only workout areas devoid of the sound of men crying through exceptionally bendy yoga poses. Certified personal trainers and instructors conduct more than 1,200 group classes and training courses weekly in kickboxing, yoga, and more. Interactive kids' clubs are available for when kickbox cravings arise and the sitter is still missing after a game of hide-and-seek. After sweat sessions, nosh rewardingly with a healthy bite at the in-house café at the Canoga Park, Palisades, Valencia, Howard Hughes and South Bay locations, or attempt to digest a low-calorie towel from the unlimited towel service.
Within the hot-pink walls of Teaze Fitness, certified pole trainers monitor each guest as women of all backgrounds and builds laugh in the face of gravity. The team teaches clients how to climb, spin, and strut around the studio's poles during a signature aerobics workout—one that blends pole dancing with yoga and mat Pilates for a full-body burn. They also uphold a one-pole-per-student rule, so poles don't shy away from unfamiliar fingerprints by turning into ropes and collapsing to the floor. With private parties and additional lessons on chair dance, flexibility, and yoga, the curriculum motivates ladies to unleash their moxie in a judgment-free zone.
Inside Koko FitClub’s tranquil workout studio, orange-and-white cardio and weight machines wait quietly for a guest's unique Koko key to bring them to life. The key, packed with information about guests' exercise history, goals, and favorite TV shows, loads up a fully custom 30-minute workout for each visit. Exercises are carefully broken down in easy-to-follow instructions, adapting as guests progress and spouting pep talks when energy wanes.
Designed by experienced trainers, the programs are designed to build muscle and torch fat in all areas of the body. To watch success unfold, guests can chart their progress from a store of information accumulated during each session, which also allows guests to map their performance at home.
Carey Long’s professional interest in fitness stems from something personal. After experiencing the early passing of his parents, Carey decided to focus his fitness approach on prolonging life. Racking up certifications in physical therapy and strength and conditioning training, Carey began developing Real Life Fitness, a system catered to regular people who want to improve the quality and extend the longevity of their lives. The system seeks to boost energy, address chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, and promote physical activity, all while keeping in mind the time limitations and challenges of everyday life.