The pursuit of balance is a serious one for pretty much any yoga enthusiast. And at Balance Yoga, that pursuit goes much deeper than just the studio's name. Everything about the yoga and wellness center is designed to help promote balance, tranquility, joy, and strength?while also being eco-friendly. The yoga practice space alone offers 900 square feet of bamboo flooring and natural lighting, and the center also includes a meditation room, an art gallery, and two therapy rooms. Yoga students of all abilities and experience levels are welcome in the studio's wide variety of classes, from Vinyasa flow to heated classes and even aerial yoga.
Certified yoga instructor Molly Cornell and her staff at Melt Hot Yoga guide guests through a series of flowing poses in a studio heated to 105 degrees. Yogis of all experience levels gather on the yoga room's vinyl mats to wind their way through a series of 26 poses paired with breathing exercises.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.