While Christine smiles every time a client announces another drop in pant size, she is more proud of helping people lower their blood pressure levels and stabilize their blood sugar levels. Motivating people to transform their health on the inside versus how they look on the outside is why Christine opened her own fitness studio, Christine?s Cardio Fitness. She and a crew of certified Zumba instructors help students dance their way into better health with easy-to-follow routines set to high-energy tunes and yodelers in classes like Zumba Fitness, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Step, and Zumba Gold. Not wanting anyone to miss out on the fun of Zumba, Christine also offers a free class on Saturdays for kids during the summer months.
At O3 Health and Fitness, Keith Wimsett leads a team of certified trainers while his wife Marlena rubs down recovering muscles with therapeutic massage. Keith and his team advocate a four-tiered philosophy built around increasing strength and cardiovascular endurance while monitoring food intake and hydration. Personal trainers work with individuals or small groups to forge customized fitness plans while also eliciting sweaty smiles through group boot camps.
What do a resort hotel and the Battle of Asheville have in common? A sister-in-law. Well, her name at least. Emma Adelaide Clayton was the sister-in-law of George Wesley Clayton, the colonel who defended the city during the Battle of Asheville. The skirmish was fought on the land where Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort now resides. To commemorate the leader, the resort named their adjoining spa Adelaide Spa.
Though the beauty haven is named after a woman from the late 1800s, its interior is anything but dated. Mod pendant lamps cast soft light on therapists who rejuvenate guests in sumptuous chambers with raw wood beams and thick textiles. Aestheticians balance and tone skin with organic skincare products and refresh bodies with herbal body wraps and organic sugar scrubs. In the salon area, stylists cleanse, cut, and color manes using Redken, Kenra, and Moroccanoil products.
A complimentary robe and slippers await guests before each treatment, as do complimentary beverages and snacks. When guests arrive for appointments, they are also welcome to gargle the alphabet with herbal tea or use the resort's amenities, including the sauna and childcare services.
After meeting in a yoga class, JP and Cassie McClellan went on to earn certification from the government of India in classical yoga, a qualification they draw on today as they lead yoga classes that incorporate modern innovations. JP's background includes a stint at Plum Village, the monastery of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Cassie has practiced yoga since her late teens, and her practice went from a luxury to a life-long necessity after a car accident.
As certified Baptiste Power yoga instructors, the McClellans teach students Baron Baptiste's approach to yoga, which borrows from an array of yoga styles such as Bikram and Iyengar. Inside their heated studio, JP and Cassie guide students through a 60- to 90-minute sequence that was designed to condition NFL athletes, helping to tone their bodies, strengthen their minds, and soothe their shoulder pads. Their 1,200-square-foot studio boasts green initiatives such as LEED-certified paints and cork and bamboo floors that are soft on the feet.
Each of YMCA of Western North Carolina's five branches and 19 childcare sites remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during cardio-dance and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead more than 200 programs, including children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
C.O.R.E. krav maga––a threefold philosophy of self-defense that is ethical, pragmatic, and dynamic––serves as the foundation for Asheville Integrated's hands-on martial-arts classes, during which trainers teach students how to protect themselves in real-world scenarios while conditioning and strengthening their bodies. Using elements of the C.O.R.E. krav maga model, martial-arts instructors also host self-defense classes specifically catered to women and children, helping them build balance, coordination, and the wherewithal to defend themselves in the face of violence. Asheville Integrated Combatives' programs evolve based on feedback from the community, local law enforcement, and burgeoning muscles that pen thank-you notes to staff members.