The staff members of Winter Park Health & Fitness have devoted themselves to a simple mission: creating a welcoming space for members to set and achieve fitness goals. In addition to keeping cardio machines and Nautilus strength-training equipment spick-and-span, they're always available to answer questions and help members work out more effectively. Weekday childcare enables parents to stop in for classes that include indoor cycling, three types of yoga, and Pilates. Trainers can also show members how to use the gym's TRX suspension bands to leverage their body weight for workouts during personal-training sessions, which incorporate strength training and metabolic testing that reveals how many calories clients must burn or consume to successfully body-double for Dolph Lundgren.
Melissa McMurray, founder of Bikram Yoga Orlando, passionately practices and teaches the renowned yoga style originated by Bikram Choudhury, who won the All-India National Yoga Competition three times in a row and retired undefeated. During 90-minute classes held seven days a week, Melissa and Bikram Yoga Orlando’s certified instructors cycle through 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises inside a heated studio. In addition to facilitating safe stretches, the heat expels bodily toxins and improves the cardiovascular effect of each pose. Many students find they can participate regardless of their age, weight, flexibility, past injuries, or past lives as statues.
In one Zumba class, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in a single class. That’s thanks to a fusion of simple-to-learn dance moves and aerobics set to upbeat Latin rhythms—a fun alternative to the traditional fitness class. Certified instructors lead the Zumba classes at ZFIT 4U Studio, and they want everyone to feel as if they’re dancing rather than just working out. There’s even a club-like atmosphere in the colorful studio—the walls are painted brilliant neon shades, there are special lighting effects, and a DJ shouts out the day’s lottery numbers every hour. In addition to Zumba classes for kids, adults, and seniors, the studio offers kickboxing and salsa sessions.
Shine On Yoga welcomes bodies of all bend-abilities to stretch and strengthen in a variety of daily 45- to 90-minute classes. Beginners can discover inner bliss within level one sessions, during which certified instructors teach proper breathing and alignment techniques, and already practicing pretzels can twist into triangles of transcendence in level three.
College Park Yoga's close-knit team of instructors enlivens inventive Ashtanga and power-yoga classes with enthusiastic guidance, playful poses, and occasional sprinkles of pixie dust. The studio's flexible schedule of classes allows students to cultivate holistic wellness during weekend classes, and their TV records Saturday-morning cartoons to use for stretching practice later. Crimson walls and glossy hardwood floors envelop yogis as they bend and stretch in classes such as the 90-minute Yoga Basics, where pupils flow through fundamental postures, incorporating calming breaths to foster relaxation. For a more fast-paced workout, Beginner Power Yoga bends muscles into Rajastic yoga poses, designed to increase body heat internally, which stimulates detoxifying perspiration and guards against unwelcome advances from flirty snowmen. The studio's Power Yoga session exhilarates pupils with methodical breathing and poses that help improve spinal alignment and mind-body balance more effectively than a felt hat trimmed with levels.
Located in the Thornton Park shopping district, the newly opened Thornton Park Yoga is a welcoming fitness studio aimed at helping its clients feel relaxed, healthy, and confident. Professionally trained teachers lead students in yoga and Pilates mat classes, paying particular attention to proper alignment and inhaling through the eyes. Zumba and outdoor boot camp classes are also offered, as well as a class targeting the arms, core, and abs.