With the ocean a glowing, blue line along the horizon just outside the sunlight-filled windows, LYFE Yoga Center maintains a calm, earthy feel. The jade-green walls complement the russet-colored ceiling within the serene elevated studio, where students stretch and strengthen their bodies, almost able to hear the crashing of the waves and the soothing lullabies from a family of seagulls. Drawing from an extensive training program, the instructors lead students through Iyengar classes, teaching the ancient art through movement and postures, as well as Kundallini and Astanga. They uphold LYFE?s philosophy of seeking tranquility through mental clarity in all their classes, which also include yoga styles such as Vinyasa flow, in addition to prenatal yoga and breath meditation. The center caters to smaller class sizes and also offers props and free parking. The team at LYFE Yoga teaches students of all levels but specialize in fostering yoga beginners.
Unlimited Fitness offers its clients personalized training in lively small-group settings. The trainers welcome 8–10 clients to attend each of their 55-minute sessions, which take place multiple times a day and require reservations. Because they place a cap on the number of students in attendance, the trainers can easily customize exercise routines to suit everyone’s particular fitness goals, skills, and number of extra arms.
Besides trainers equipped with all the fitness knowledge needed to whip clients into shape, the gym comes fully stocked with everything from ellipticals and stationary bikes to resistance bands and medicine balls.
White House Pilates, a second generation Pilates legacy of the method?s founder, Joseph Pilates, with a team of seasoned instructors, imparts the teachings of Joseph to help clients build enough strength and flexibility in their abs and lower back to crack a walnut in a single sit-up. Whether training clients privately or in groups of four to five per instructor, Caroline and her team lead workouts that incorporate mat-based movements and spring-powered resistance machines, such as reformers and towers.
The staff members at Core Fitness lead circuit-training fitness classes as well as personal-training sessions. During the group classes, the trainers challenge their students with upper body, lower body, core, cardio, balance, and strength exercises on 12 to 16 different stations.
At Heart & Pole, veteran enthusiastic instructors lead classes of bodily mastery and sultry exploration. Designed as a pole primer, the Introduction to Pole-Dance class provides a taste testing of Heart & Pole's pole program, with a complete workout and teaching of basic tricks on the ever-elusive pole. The Girlie Burlesque class teaches students a routine that can easily be used at home, onstage, or at a home stage in the kitchen. There are three possible routines broken up by accessories: feather boas and stockings, pearls and gloves, and shirts, ties, fedoras, and Hulkamania foam fingers (check with Heart & Pole to confirm which routine will be taught in each class).
Although many of The Bar Method's exercises take place at the ballet bar, the program is only partially inspired by the long, lean musculature of ballet dancers. Created by Burr Leonard, the workouts also incorporate the brief, fat-burning bursts of activity known as interval training and the muscle-shaping techniques of isometrics. Combine all this with the science of physical therapy, and you get The Bar Method: an intense yet safely designed approach to exercise meant to cinch the silhouette, increase muscle definition, and boost energy all day long. Sessions introduce beginners to basics, such as maintaining good form and refraining from breaking out into Swan Lake choreography.