At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Contemporary and classic music accompanies classes that range from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to classes like Xflowsion, a combination of yoga, martial arts, and dance that can be repeated at home or at your boss's wedding reception. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
Pointe Fitness cobbles bodies into sturdy, muscle machines with 21,000 square feet teeming with free weights, cardio equipment, and one half of a basketball court. Skilled instructors guide students through cardio workouts, yoga sessions, and Zumba dance-offs, while specialized women's fitness programs promote healthy lifestyles with one-on-one teaching and inspiring group support. During breaks from chiseling physiques in the circuit training space, or building up enough core strength on the rowing machines to start a transatlantic canoe club, Moe⎯the business's canine mascot⎯frolics with guests to keep spirits high.
Practice Yoga’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, the upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Practice Yoga offers several classes, including Vinyasa and its intense linking of movements as well as the more atmospheric candlelight yoga. With more than 28 weekly offerings, Practice Yoga’s convenient schedule offers plenty of opportunities for drop-ins to partake in a stretchy workout. Courtesy policies ensure that each yoga session is a tranquil experience free of feral animals and flying shuriken.
Absolute Fitness’s east and west locations serve as temples of dedication, where focused staff members help women of all ages to achieve their fitness goals in specialized, dedicated facilities. Both exercise studios boast areas with a specific purpose, whether it’s the cardio and weight-training rooms or the aquatics center featuring a large pool. Students 2 or older plié and prance through ballet lessons and jazz and hip-hop classes in a dance studio, and mirrored suites with hardwood floors house Pilates equipment such as reformers to help with major core conditioning.
With such ample square footage, Absolute Fitness manages to combine fitness furnishings with a number of other services. Members relax and unwind in spas concealed in the locker rooms, and a child-care area is available. After an intense workout, visitors can replenish burnt calories with a snack in the bistro. Medically knowledgeable trainers also offer extensive physiotherapy services for a range of conditions, such as lingering injuries, headaches, dizziness, and neck and back pain. They utilize diverse techniques such as hydrotherapy (in-pool exercise) and electrical muscle and transcutaneous nerve stimulation, which is accomplished by building up an electrical charge while rubbing one’s head into shag carpeting.