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.
Liz DeFour started her yoga practice when she was only 14 years old. As an adult, she earned her teacher certification and began sharing her passion with others. Now as the owner of Full Lotus Yoga, she leads a team of trained and certified instructors who teach classes ranging from gentle candlelight yoga to yoga flex—a blend of classic poses and weight training. During their hot Vinyasa yoga class, they crank up the heat to 85 degrees Fahrenheit to keep muscles flexible and leftover coffee warm. The studio also features a reverse osmosis water filter where thirsty yogis can fill out their water bottles and stay hydrated.
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.
As an actress, model, and recording artist, Caprice Burrell is no stranger to the spotlight. But it's as a fitness instructor and CEO at Alter Ego Pole Fitness & Wellness Studio where she truly gets to shine. Burrell's positive attitude fosters a supportive, nonjudgmental environment in which women can confidently unleash their inner vixen. In addition to a range of ladies-only pole-dancing lessons, the posh studio hosts ab-toning and Zumba sessions, along with special events and parties where revelers celebrate birthdays, weddings, or pole-welding certifications with sweets and champagne.
Though she looks nothing like Ghengis Khan, Jen Dunbar is building an empire. Its outposts are made of muscles resting on a foundation of knowledge, and it exists to promote an active lifestyle filled with motivation and self-confidence. As an exercise physiologist, Dunbar studies the latest kinesiology research every day, looking for evidence-based ways to melt fat and boost muscle mass. She also draws from years of lacrosse coaching and four personal-training certifications to help her clients to perform at their peak, whether they're running a marathon, slimming down for a wedding, or preparing for the national hopscotch championships. Filled with strength training, sprinting, and constant encouragement, her workouts challenge exercisers to push themselves, even if they've never done a pushup before. In addition to training athletes one-on-one, Dunbar leads small-group workouts and online boot camps packed with jumping drills, body-weight exercises, and weight-lifting challenges.
Though Pilates apparatus seem to take center stage within the Ann Magee Fitness studio, it's not uncommon to see someone jump rope atop a Bosu ball or hook up TRX cords to the reformer. That's because the instructors espouse Pilates principles—core strength, body alignment, and breath work—without limiting their guests to a specific movement repertoire. Helming workouts that never repeat routines, they blend traditional Pilates stretches with kettlebell swings, hula-hoop shimmies, and trampoline leaps. To ensure that advanced students don't have to relearn the 50 components of a perfect jumping jack, the staff sorts patrons into different lessons based on their experience levels. They also offer a purely aerobic approach to fitness during their group stationary-cycling classes.