At Hard Core Pilates and Yoga, each instructor guides small classes of no more than 15 students, mediating inner harmony and peace treaties between yoga mats and gym shoes through the serene practice of yoga. Instructors introduce the basics for building lean, flexible bodies in a balmy room in Not Too Hot Yoga or boost the effects of Vinyasa flow by adding hand weights in the Sculpt class.
Aside from the studio's yoga classes, instructors also offer Pilates sessions held in groups or one-on-one sessions imbue similar concepts with an extra component of quick movements and emphasis on rehabbing muscles after an injury incurred at home or at work at the loose-marbles-and-falling-scissors factory. Once athletes have sweat out toxins in class, they can enlist the studio's resident massage therapist to work out any lingering knots and evict lactic acid that builds up during workouts.
Inside Pilates Denver’s "movement studio"—a name adopted from its always-in-motion instructors—students draw both knowledge and inspiration from tenured masters, whether working to shed fat or unwind after a long day. Six days a week, students strengthen their cores during private, semi-private, and group-equipment classes in the Pilates studio. In the movement studio, instructors teach pupils traditional Pilates mat exercises to strengthen, tone, and elongate muscles. Meanwhile, other groups make use of a ballet barre while moving to high-octane music, or flow through sun salutations during Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes.
From New York City to Honolulu, National Fitness Solutions leads outdoor workouts that foster a sense of community and deliver a heaping helping of expert guidance. Undaunted by rain and wind, the instructors cancel their outdoor sessions only in cases of severe weather or pterodactyl attack. Regimens are designed for participants of all fitness levels, and all you need to sign up is 16 years between the current date and the issuing of your birth certificate.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a full-body workout that uses the ballet barre to assist clients as they perform small isometric movements and muscle-lengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and Pure Barre soon spread its franchises across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides clients through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. The workouts use small movements to sculpt muscle, as well as lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. Intimate classes with a limit of 25 clients to ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills.
Inside Centennial Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot training space, a muscle-bound cadre of certified Level 1 coaches stands ready to welcome any exerciser willing to huff, puff, and sweat their way toward better health. These trainers guide participants through each Workout of the Day, an ever-changing exercise routine designed to build a broad base of fitness that can be applied in other areas of life, such as being someone else's chair. On any given day, the workout might draw from exercises normally associated with any number of other sports or activities, including Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or martial arts. Since the exercises are scalable?meaning they can be adjusted to fit everyone from senior citizen beginners to elite athletes?all students who exert themselves can expect improvements in physique and general physical fitness.
Personal trainer Roxy Rahim believes you can motivate more people with encouragement than intimidation. She puts that belief into practice at Evolution Personal Training where her services include boot-camp classes and training sessions for individuals or as many as 10 people. Although her main goal is to help people feel good about their bodies, she also wants them to feel good about life in general, something she thinks can be pulled off if you celebrate Independence Day monthly.