After Michelle Murphy sustained a volleyball injury in 2001, doctors told her she might never be able to squat or bend again without undergoing a complicated operation. Instead of heading to the hospital, she visited a yoga studio, where she learned how to stretch and strengthen her hurt knee with ancient therapeutic poses. Since then, she hasn't needed knee surgery, an achievement she credits to her yoga practice. To help others discover yoga's physical and emotional benefits, she took the reins of Evansville Yoga Center after moving back to Indiana from California.
At this studio, a team of registered and certified yoga instructors guide students toward wellness goals with compassion and patience. Suitable for all levels of skill and experience, classes emphasize yoga's power to promote strength, flexibility, focus, and inner peace. Classes often begin with sitting poses and deep breaths, then progress to standing and inverted poses. A relaxation exercise concludes each session, helping students feel as calm as an ocean after a Swedish massage. A power-yoga class caters to intermediate and advanced students with athletic poses that challenge the body and mind. Students seeking assistance with difficult poses or hard-to-tone body parts may schedule private yoga sessions, which brim with personal attention and encouragement.:m]]
Each of Yoga 101's trained instructors discovered hot yoga for a host of different reasons—to ease the pain of arthritis, to evolve spiritually during a personal crisis, and to get back in shape after a pregnancy, to name a few. With all the attentive sympathies that their backgrounds afford them, the team helps students of all ages and abilities grow in their personal yoga practice. In heated yoga rooms, they guide students toward proper posture alignment as the heated air loosens up muscles for deeper stretches and spurs on a cleansing sweat that helps bodies expel the toxins that collect in the body. The sessions, which range from introductory classes for beginners or guests with physical limitations to those for advanced practitioners, blend poses from Bikram yoga and yogi Jimmy Barkan—a master yoga teacher and one of America's yoga pioneers—as they link breath with movement during more than 25 weekly classes.
Strength and conditioning specialist Tony Maslan—who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a 1998 Junior American Deadlift Record holder—knows the importance of safe and well-rounded fitness practices. The former Marine Corps Reserves sergeant and overseas infantry squad leader leads a team of more than 15 certified trainers in their mission to help individual fitness-seekers, children, and corporate clients break unhealthy habits. This goal-oriented staff emphasizes accountability and measurable results during one-on-one and group training sessions as they reshape clients’ waistlines with kettlebells and deadlifts, as well as intense challenges such as sparring and pulling a truck using only their pinky finger. The on-staff nutrition counselor bolsters these results with comprehensive nutrition guidance, and posts diverse recipes online as well. Of this, Maslan stated that he "knew we needed to help clients go beyond the microwave." To help keep their clients from returning to their previous lifestyles, these trainers also host online, in-home, and sport-specific training.
Maslan and his team believe in giving back to the community, so they occasionally host charity events to benefit the missions of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and 911 Gives Hope.
Nitro Fitness's juxtaposition of silvery fitness machinery and inviting atmosphere displays the center's dedication to maintaining an ultra-modern fitness facility while curating a chummy exercise community. A three-month pass unlocks 24-hour access to the facility, with 12 staffed hours to further ensure assistance and oversight by friendly trainers accommodating guests across the athleticism spectrum. Patrons can oust unwanted calories with cardio equipment such as treadmills and steppers, or chisel muscles by playing patty cake with a fleet of TuffStuff resistance machines and free weights. Along with solo workouts, exercisers can enlist in group classes, including yoga, BoxFit, Tri-Fit, and Zumba. After fitness classes, students can venture to the gym’s locker rooms, which house large, walk-in showers for freshening up post-workout or testing the efficacy of a recently purchased umbrella.
Though it functions as an all-purpose gym, Tri-State Athletic Club is actually a community epicenter. When guests aren't running across its sports courts, they might be toasting each other in its halls at a wine tasting or holiday event. Family-friendly programming welcomes kids and adults alike to pool activities and tennis lessons, and personal trainers guide members, whose names they've committed to memory, through custom workouts. Meanwhile, instructors lead group classes such as Pilates, spin, and heated yoga in well-equipped studios. This supportive atmosphere imbues the club with positive vibes, which prompt strangers on neighboring treadmills to amicably concede the right of way.
Fitness World and MMA World are connected, but they don't exactly share the same focus. Fitness World is closer to what you'd imagine when you hear the word "gym." There, patrons work with trainers and a range of equipment to improve their general fitness.
The workouts at MMA World certainly leaves patrons fit as well, but that's all meant to prepare visitors for mixed-martial-arts competition. A quintet of instructors there teaches clients proper techniques. The gym is lined with wall-to-wall mats, which provide cushioning during Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and wrestling classes. Clients can also learn how to throw a perfect punch during boxing lessons.