Named for the main river running through Venezuela, Orinoco Fitness is a studio that aims to be as relaxing as a day out in nature. Owner Ana Santos Gitzinger, a native Venezuelan, styled the studio in a way that evokes the beauty of her homeland. The walls of Orinoco Fitness are splashed with images of South American waterfalls, mountains, and rainforests in order to help clients “shake off the Midwestern wintertime blues.” Above all, Gitzinger wants her clients to achieve fitness in an environment that’s fun and relaxing. In keeping with the stress-free atmosphere, students are encouraged to relax with a cup of tea in the lounge area after each yoga, Zumba, or Pilates class.
Borrowing its name from an ancient meditative chant, Forever Om Yoga turns up the heat on classic Vinyasa flows for calorie-burning, mind-clearing workouts. Aside from warming the studio to between 78 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit, a high-tech heating system cleans and recirculates air with an infrared light, facilitating easier, deeper breaths. In each 75-minute class, Yoga Alliance- and Baptiste-certified instructors lead groups through either gentle, 78-degree Vinyasa flows or hotter, high-energy flows inspired by Baptiste power yoga. The basic yoga class features the essential Vinyasa poses, and a class focused on athletic recovery incorporates therapeutic stretching and twists to help repair sore or strained muscles and prevent future injury during all-night Twister marathons.
The Pilates Studio helps physiques strive to reach their potential with the help of small class sizes and a six-day-per-week schedule. Classes vary to accommodate students of all fitness levels, allowing experienced exercisers and beginners alike to customize the pace and rigor of their carcass reconfiguration. The instructor's encouraging teaching style, sharp eye, and attention to detail help students reach new levels of strength and calories reach new levels of panic.
While sheltering students in a safe haven of relaxation, Sanctuary Yoga guides students through a range of yoga styles to foster strength and flexibility. The studio's team of savvy yogis schools stretchers throughout the week with classes designed for all levels of sun saluting. In a stifling, sweat-inducing room, hot yoga participants perform a series of strenuous standing poses, followed by a period focused on keeping the body aligned, the breath steady, and the mind on popsicles.
The reformer classes at Body by Pilates rely on the BackSmart techniques pioneered by author Dr. Adam Weiss. During the 50-minute, full-body workouts, instructors coach students through a series of cardio and muscle-sculpting exercises that burn fat and build strength more intensively than jogging through a spinach buffet. Up to 10 students stretch hips, glutes, and abdomens on the versatile reformer machine, which uses resistance to alternately lengthen and contract muscles while reducing the risk of injury. The specialized classes cultivate improved posture, core strength, and flexibility, leaving students invigorated and limber enough to happily crabwalk home.
For their Pilates program, Fit Stop Inc. coaches people at any and all fitness levels—even instructors. Whatever your fitness goals, the certified instructors here can create custom workout plans that employ either personal training or small, intimate group Pilates classes. The beginner Pilates classes introduce students to the traditional Pilates workout, and the intermediate and advanced Pilates reformer classes employ any combination of 100 exercises. For Pilates enthusiasts, there's the gym's Pilates teacher training program, which sets the stage for anyone to become an official instructor. It covers Pilates mechanics, instruction techniques, and how many apples per day it takes to keep doctors away.
Mindful Yoga's certified instructors fuse meditation with muscle-limbering poses during their low-impact classes. Unknotting muscles in the back, neck, and shoulders, beginning yoga class harmonize minds and bodies while relinquishing stress stored up in inner deposit boxes. Experienced practitioners can tap into the more vigorous flow of a Yoga 2 class, deepening awareness of anatomical alignment in Vinyasa style with two or more poses linked together by the breath and transcendental URLs. Inclusive All Levels classes teach the basics of breathing and alignment for stability, balance and strength, while Gentle yoga classes mollify nervous systems with lessons in relaxed systems theory.