After founder Michelle Anderson was injured in a terrible car accident more than 15 years ago, the doctors diagnosed her as permanently disabled. But she wasn't willing to give up so easily. Laboring through her physical therapy, she began augmenting her exercises with yoga practice, and eventually discovered Pilates. It changed her life. She pursued certification in Pilates instruction, and opened a studio of her own in 2007.
However, even though Pilates is her specialty, some of her most exciting services exist under the umbrella of Plus. Services such as Pilates Reformer, Zumbalates, which jumpstarts the core-building workout with fun and freewheeling Latin dance, and a twice-weekly boot camp that combines cardiovascular and strength training. There's more than physical fitness, as well. Massage imparts a sense of healing and calm, and the Slim Line Fat Loss system offers a noninvasive inch-shedding treatment.
Equipment: Yoga mats and accessories
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water
Average Class Length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Atlantis Sports Club knows that people are more likely to reach their fitness goals if they enjoy their workouts. That's why every element of their spacious gyms is designed to create an experience that will leave members with restored and refreshed minds and bodies. From the moment visitors step into the elegant locker rooms to the point they kick back in a relaxing steam room, they encounter up-to-date equipment and stylish design elements. Members can pump iron with state-of-the-art machines and free weights, or join others for group fitness classes such as energetic Zumba, intense body sculpting, and mind-centering yoga.
Reading at trainer Julianne Giragosian's resume is like thumbing through the world's most extensive workout catalogue. Nearly every exercise style is represented, from kickboxing and kettlebells to Zumba and Pilates. Martial arts get their own section, too; Julianne boasts expert training in MMA disciplines including Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay thai, and goju-ryu karate. Certified by organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and KBC Kettlebells, Julianne leveraged her expertise into training gigs across the country, even appearing in nationally broadcast fitness infomercials.
Now at Nago Academy, she leads students down the path to fitness with the help of her training partner Leo Borges. Certified by CrossFit and the American Council on Exercise in his own right, Leo joins Julianne for classes that add strength to core muscles through intense cardio work and targeted suspension training. They also stay active outside the classroom, often finding time to hone their own skills during sparring sessions.
From the comforts of a kayak, landlubbers can coast through the cape with ease using the power of the paddle. RideAway Kayaks' professional staff will teach newbies the tricks of the tide as it guides your adventure. Along the way, you’ll soak up the beautiful sights while absorbing tour-based trivia and fun facts. Each three-hour roundabout serves up its own set of challenges and peeper-pleasers, with some offering intense cardio workouts and others requiring little more than relaxing as you enjoy picturesque views and sweet nature sounds. See the company's website for complete tour descriptions and the season's current schedule.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.