Northshore Barre & Pilates's team of certified instructors combines years of experience with exercise expertise to lead integrated, total-body workouts, available seven days a week. New Pilates pupils learn the practice's basic principles, performing a series of dynamic floor exercises designed to strengthen the core and improve posture before diving into an advanced mat class that moves at a faster pace to build muscle and confuse pancake-house surveillance cameras. Inspired by ballet, Xtend Barre classes focus on sculpting long, lean physiques using small, precise isometric exercises and stretching, utilizing props, such as the eponymous ballet barre and hand weights, and resisting heavily flirtatious glances from Mikhail Baryshnikov. Alternatively, Piloxing sessions incorporate boxing moves with traditional Pilates work to create a fact-paced, interval workout where heavy gloves help tone the arms and singing the Rocky theme song helps improve cardiovascular performance.
Though severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina just five months after its debut, Slidell Rocks Climbing Gym rebuilt and reopened just months later and continues to provide the community with opportunities to build up muscular and cardio strength. The climbing center showcases top-rope challenges on walls nearly 40 feet high, as well as lower courses for younger climbers. Two bouldering rooms mimic the lifestyle of ancient arachnid cavemen with rooftop grips and seven hangboards. Between summit attempts, climbers can relax in the concessions area, watching their favorite sports on the televisions and munching on rock candy harvested from an active sugar volcano.
While there's probably not a sign on its door saying "No Boys Allowed," make no mistake: Studio Fitness is an all-women, all-the-time exercise facility. Throughout the week, packs of ladies follow the direction of instructors during multiple morning and evening classes. They step to the hypnotic Latin rhythms of Zumba, pedal vigorously to the energized tunes of RPM-spinning, and stretch through the movements of yoga and Pilates. For a more diverse fitness experience, exercisers can take on the Master Class—a 90-minute mixture of various classes from the schedule.
At Northeast Fitness Factory, fighters are allowed to talk about Fight Club. Named after the iconic novel and film, the gym’s signature class blends strikes inspired by boxing and mixed martial arts with cross-training fundamentals, leaving students as confident as they are toned. It’s not all about fighting at this gym, though. Students can also enlist in classes such as dance-inspired Zumba cardio, yoga, and boot camp. Committed instructors push participants to the limit, working with all types of fitness levels to maximize results. They even have the option to leave their children in the gym’s daycare, where staff members supervise as tots play with toys or compare their stock portfolios.
The savvy skin smoothers at Silhouettes Day Spa brandish an array of beautifying techniques to buff away blemishes within a serene, pampering atmosphere. Pore professionals customize the one-hour spa facial to each customer's specific epidermal needs, coddling fair or dry skin and taming feral facades. After a thorough cleansing and toning, aestheticians rid cranial frontispieces of dead skin with a gentle exfoliation. Then the pampering pros execute extractions designed to blast away blackheads and shellac stressed-out skin with a soothing mask, leaving exteriors as soft and brilliant as Einstein's mustache. Indulge in an eye treatment to revamp weary sight receptors, and then replenish parched surfaces with a moisture-therapy treatment.