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.
The BarreAmped Method enlists the fitness fundamentals of classical dance, Pilates, and yoga to create a full-body workout that works to tone muscles while helping improve body awareness, balance, and coordination. Both studio locations boast physically invigorating classes for a range of fitness levels; click here for the Tampa schedule of classes taught by certified Barre Amped instructor Denise Tini and the St. Petersburg schedule of classes taught by certified Barre Amped instructor Maria Gerelus. A ballet barre props up precarious postures and aligns wayward limbs as classes of up to 16 students arch and bend through a series of held postures that produce effective, enjoyable soreness deep into muscles with tiny isometric movements. Even if they lack formal dance training, attendees can boost their metabolisms to hummingbird levels and cultivate lean, graceful muscles and the flexibility of an empty appointment book.
Invented in 1999 by fitness instructor Tim Ganley, KaYoga combines two invigorating workouts with beautiful scenery and adventure. KaYoga students embark on a three-hour trip, starting when they slide into a Tim Ganley kayak, then paddle it from Ft. Desoto to one of the pristine nearby barrier islands for an hour of yoga on the beach, which is preferable to yoga in a tar pit. Called "an inspired fusion of pastimes" by the Times of London, KaYoga is as invigorating spiritually as it is physically. On the kayak journey, it's not unusual to encounter dolphins, an occasional manatee, other sea creatures, and celebrities who are preparing for their roles as talking kelp.
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.
Equipment: Playground balls, resistance bands, light hand weights, and yoga blocks
Students should bring: Everything is available at the studio.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Workout pants should be knee length or longer.
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