Studio Central's Shila Tirabassi graduated from The Juilliard School and danced professionally for 12 years. This gave Shila intimate knowledge of the body's potential for athleticism and injury. When she turned to yoga as a means to offset the aches of dance practice, her experience soon inspired her to earn an instructor certification. Today, Shila teaches her students during small group classes that cover yoga and mat Pilates fundamentals, welcoming visitors of all experience levels to learn balance, posture, and how to breathe through the ears. She takes advantage of Pilates apparatus for her private sessions, which can also focus on ballet barre maneuvers or pre- and post-natal workouts.
Since its founding 90 years ago, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has shaped the lives of its members and the direction of its neighborhoods with a full fitness facility and a commitment to community programs and services. The not-for-profit organization stimulates active lifestyles with pulse-hiking equipment and amenities including a 25-yard heated pool, waterslide, and indoor climbing wall. More than 90 weekly group aerobics classes inspire members to torch calories or conquer fear of jumping jacks in a supportive team environment, whereas a children's activity room keeps younger members aged 3 months to 12 years safe and occupied. A vast collection of cardio machines maintains healthy heart rates, and a gymnasium with two basketball courts helps members prepare to win games of horse or quash rebellions led by sentient peach baskets.
The trainers at Best Day Fitness Studio have put as much work into their brains as their bodies. Everyone—including the massage therapists—holds a four-year degree in exercise science, which informs group classes and private sessions with each specialist's analytic expertise. Rather than simply counting reps on the sidelines or hiring a metronome to substitute, trainers strive to educate clients so they understand why and how each maneuver works. They also update an online database of articles and tutorials as supplementary reading for their clients. During classes, trainers prioritize slow and focused movements to build functional fitness and challenge participants at an appropriate pace. With extensive knowledge of anatomy and movement, they also teach lessons on minimalist running technique and provide a suite of specialized appointments for clients who seek physical rehabilitation after a stroke.
The certified yoga instructors at Nava Yoga Studio guide students down a winding, bending path toward better health and peace of mind. The studio offers a wealth of class types, from hot yoga in a room heated to 90 degrees to gentle yoga, an excellent choice for beginners. See their schedule for more information.
Platinum Twirl Pole Fitness’s instructors cater to exercisers looking for an alternative to the average workout, leading them through confidence-boosting pole fitness classes designed to work the whole body. They introduce novices to the fundamental moves, such as the fireman spin and martini spin, in the basic pole fitness class before building upon foundations in the intermediate and advanced classes. In addition to offering pole fitness courses and private lessons, they teach other fitness classes, including Zumba, chair dancing, and co-ed total body strengthening sessions with free-weights. They also host parties for bachelorettes, gal pals, or elderly knitting circles in search of new and exciting ways to celebrate a night out.
Carol Hollenbeck specializes in wellness and orthopedics. Armed with specialized knowledge in fitness, she founded Fit For Life Fitness Center and Physical Therapy. The gym caters to an 18 and older crowd and offers personalized service in a full-service, welcoming environment. With knowledgeable trainers on-site, clients of all sorts can feel safe hitting the plentiful fitness machines or sweating through a group class. The friendly staff and personal trainers are equipped to work with clients to help them reach their optimal fitness goals in a clean and safe environment.