"My dad told me, 'Mijo, no matter what the sport, the best athletes are always in tremendous shape!'" René Armijo says on his website when describing how he came to concentrate on fitness. The boxer would always remember these words, forever seeking out superior health and fitness practices as he worked toward building his fighting career. At Fighter Physique, René combines his experience in the ring with his passion for fitness, joining a team of fellow fighters and exercise aficionados to lead students toward diamond-chiseled physiques.
At the brightly lit studio, a forest of red punching bags abounds with instructors guiding all skill levels through proper boxing and kickboxing techniques, infusing workouts with high-intensity calisthenics and aerobic exercises. The staff opens all of their classes to kids as well, encouraging youngsters to leave behind sedentary lives of playing video games and reading their mothers' diaries in order to build the foundations of invaluable lifelong fitness skills.
The Mind Body Studio's instructors believe that physical and mental balance can be achieved at varying speeds. From the slow, deliberate poses of hot yoga to the lively, energized dance steps of Zumba, their fitness programs forge an increased connectivity between muscles and minds. The certified instructors correct students' Pilates positioning aboard mats and Reformers, and Active Isolated Stretching sessions help them ease tension in connective tissues. The group and private classes accommodate guests of all skill levels, who can later impress the onsite massage therapist with their ability to infinitely hold the napping human yoga pose.
The Root Yoga practices an inclusionary brand of yoga that welcomes newcomers and experienced yogis alike. Its team of instructors leads lessons in many different styles, teaching participants to focus on breathing and flow through varied poses.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines and workouts 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.
Shundo Dance Studio's crackerjack rug cutters, celebrating more than 25 years teaching choreographed struts, transform pairs of left feet into Astaire-esque hooves of rhythm and grace during group lessons. The Foxtrot, Rumba, and Waltz sessions invoke a simpler time when men wore hats and women hunted wooly mammoths, and the Swing class allows for more modern and flashier moves, such as the Lindy Hop and Charleston. Or add a little Latin flair to evenings by learning how to hip swivel through Salsa, Cha Cha, Samba, and Bachata gambols. Class sizes average between 15 and 20 humans to ensure that everyone gets the personal attention they need while providing enough of a crowd to hide missteps and spasmodic break dances.