Named after a Sanskrit word that means both “power” and “child,” Bala Vinyasa Yoga teems with poses that are as athletic as they are playful. Experienced teachers draw upon Baron Baptiste’s holistic approach to yoga instruction, which aims to transform the body and clear the mind of clutter such as stress and extremely misplaced gym socks. The studio’s all-levels Power Vinyasa classes challenge students with deep, focused breaths that link arm stands, backbends, and seated poses to create a flowing, dance-like routine. Slow Flow Restorative sessions, on the other side of that coin, move at a more leisurely pace as they open joints with lengthy poses, which, like eulogies read by Carrot Top, are supported by props. To bolster their home-based yoga practice, students can purchase mats and props at the studio’s boutique or practice stretches and bends with its live-streamed classes. Dedicated to comfort and relaxation, the boutique also carries calming lavender eye pillows and cozy apparel from lululemon athletica, Zobha, and I Love Yoga.
After accumulating more than 14 years of Pilates experience at other fitness venues, Helen Wagner opened The Pilates Scoop to provide affordable Pilates equipment classes. The Pilates method works to tone the body’s core without adding bulk, ensuring that students don't emerge looking like a football player who just ate a medicine ball. The pulleys, cables, and springs of Reformer and Cadillac machines extend and contract as students tone their stomachs, backs, hips, buttocks, and knees.
Helen caps equipment classes at no more than six students, and also leads private, duet, and triples lessons to provide more tailored instruction. She also teaches classes in traditional Pilates methods incorporating mats, chairs, and the high ladder barrel.
From kids to adults and seniors, Paramount Fitness invites people of all ages to take part in its group fitness classes. Kids can participate in fitness offerings that help burn excess energy or offer a calming atmosphere, and adults can take advantage of Step 'n' Tone cardio workouts or Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates and kickboxing that helps tone muscle. Energetic instructors also lead low-key group classes of up to 20 people in yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and spinning in a spacious, mirror-lined studio. Above all, the center’s trainers want students to have fun as they exercise, whether that means attending a different class on every visit or showing a Zumba class the new move you made up in the shower. Classes are also offered all week long to give attendees many exercise options to fit into busy schedules.
Core to Core Fitness uses a trio of popular workouts to whip clients into shape. Ballet barres serve as the main equipment for barre classes that strengthen muscles while improving balance, posture, and x-ray vision. Trainers use a TRX suspension system to help people increase their core strength and metabolic conditioning. The third class, Pilates, focuses on strengthening agility and flexibility. In addition to keeping clients bodies healthy through exercises, the studio also protects joints and ligaments with its floor, which is covered in an allergen-free, rubber foam.
The staff at Naples Fit outfits the gym with sets of medium to light weights that prevent injury while building muscle mass. One-hour group workouts encourage a supportive, energetic environment, much like a pride of super-nice lions on a hunt. At the cornerstone of each workout is high-intensity interval training, which combines short periods of intense exercise with less intense recovery periods.
Patrons plant palms and heels into the wood floors of Bija Yoga's cozy, neutral-toned studio, growing into seasoned yogis as certified instructors lead them through ancient postures. It's this sense of planting and flourishing that Jamie Shane, the owner and one of the instructors, hopes to evoke with the studio's name—the Sanskrit word for seed. She leads her classes with a similar fluidity, whether she's introducing an ever-changing variety of poses during Go Flow—a Vinyasa-style class that links breath to movement—or opening up the floor to encourage practitioners to follow their own yogic lights in Your Flow. Other classes drag yoga into the new millennium, incorporating kickboxing moves in rigorous Kick Asana classes, or robot boxing moves in Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Asana.