Lisa Humphries is a certified Pilates practitioner and a licensed chiropractic-therapy assistant. At Proper Pilates—the Pilates studio she operates inside Absolute Wellness—Lisa, Tammy Cox, and Kristi Turner combine knowledge gleaned from the two disciplines to sculpt bodies with safe stretches. Under their guidance, students perform exercises using special apparatus such as the Arc Step Barrel and the Clinical Reformer—built with a trapeze—toning muscles and increasing flexibility so that every joint on the body can spin 360 degrees. Those who opt for private lessons get an added benefit: at the end of sessions, one of the instructors manually stretches clients' muscles while they recline on a specially designed table.
At each Gold's Gym, temperature-controlled group exercise rooms host yoga classes, and exercisers in a nearby cardio cinema room pedal and jog while watching full-length films. A cycling room and functional training equipment such as ropes and kettlebells afford further options for varied workouts. Alternatively, Gold's Gym personal trainers can guide workouts, ensuring clients are using proper form and getting the most out of their exercise regimens.
My HOT YOGA Place, where yoga is for everyone, every body and every level; regardless of age, body type or ability. Our multi-level classes are taught by certified, knowledgeable teachers with an emphasis on you, the student. We feature hot yoga, vinyasa, and power yoga classes.
Minty-green and cool-blue walls set off by polished hardwood floors create a serene setting for reformer- and mat-based workouts led by Pilates instructor Shana Wilson Doyle, who spent nearly a decade honing her Stott Pilates skills. Group mat classes vary in difficulty to help practitioners of all fitness levels protect their precious caramel centers by building tough abdominal shells. Specialty Pilates equipment, such as the reformer and the tower, enhance private and semi-private sessions, where Shana guides students through efficient resistance moves and can provide clients with more personalized attention.
Tell us about your business.
Happy Hoops uses your basic, run of the mill hula hoop to burn fat, tone muscles, and improve cardiovascular function. It is a great, all-body, low-impact workout that allows you to set your own intensity. We believe that everyone can hoop and are proud to boast a 100% success rate in teaching adults to hula hoop
We are absolutely dedicated to the happy part of Happy Hoops. We have only two rules in our classes.
Rule #1: No negative self-talk. Students and instructors are absolutely forbidden to say things like "I can't do this," "I'm terrible at this," or "I’ll never learn this."
Rule #2: We don't say sorry. At some point, your hoop will fly across the room and hit the instructor—just smile, make an animal sound and move on. We even practice our animal sounds at the beginning of the class for good measure. No sorries.
What inspired you to open the fitness studio?
I hate gyms. I hate treadmills. I hate exercise. I hate sweating alone. And I really, really hate being fat. I used hula hooping to lose 40 pounds after our first child and hula hooping is how I lost 30 pounds after our second child. I found I could watch all the TV I wanted as long as I hula hooped the commercial. I got addicted to that and started hula hooping through entire shows. I am utterly convinced that exercise can be fun, and with a hula-hoop it is. The possibilities are limitless, really. No more workouts, just hoopouts!
What’s your favorite spot in the gym, and why?
Have I mentioned that I hate gyms? So, yeah—I like the smoothie bar when I am at a gym.
How did you personally get involved in fitness?
I've done sports competitively my entire life and my dad was an athletic trainer. As an adult, competitive sports just aren't as fun so I needed something different to get and keep myself fit. So, in 2008, when my tattoo artist was inking my arm and told me his wife was teaching hula hoop classes, I immediately signed up for one.
Tell us one interesting fact most people don't know about your business.
10% of all our class and hoop sales support the academic and residential care of an orphan in Port au Prince, Haiti.
What's your favorite workout?
I like off the body hooping combinations that involve shoulders and elbows.
What’s the best food to eat before a workout, and after?
I'm supposed to say lettuce, but I'm gonna be honest. I go for the ice cream.
Kimberly Unland took her first BarreAmped class in 2011, and before the first lesson ended she knew she wanted to become a certified trainer. Her dream wasn't long in the making; she began training for her certification with Suzanne Bowen, the workout's creator, learning all the ins and outs of the ballet-inspired exercise, which blends techniques from Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching. Finally, she opened Southern Barre Fitness to the public, where she's been shaping up bodies ever since.
Kimberly finds the exercise improves her strength and flexibility in all areas of life, whether she's keeping up with her two children or outpacing other runners in a race. She couples her own classes with those of fellow instructor Alexis, who teaches Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates, boxing, and dance that is also the primary form of dance-fighting used by law enforcement agencies around the world.
Students should bring: Water, sticky socks are optional
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot