Within Sole Pilates & Yoga?s beet-red walls, instructors lead small groups of students through rigorous postures on Pilates reformer machines. With just five machines in their studio, the instructors can ensure that each student benefits from personal adjustments and individual attention. The machines' pulleys, bars, and sliding carriages add extra resistance to traditional Pilates postures, testing students' strength against their own body weight to develop lean, toned muscles. In addition to the Pilates reformer, the instructors lead mat Pilates classes to carve strong core muscles, and yoga sessions that flow through strength- and relaxation-inducing poses, resulting in enough flexibility and body control to squeeze into a milk carton.
More than a fire-fighter transporter or an object for constructing oil derricks, the pole has become a fun-filled tool for toning muscles and increasing confidence. Catwalk's owner and lead instructor, Cathy Wagner, emphasizes the routine's health benefits, fitness ease, and fun over its ability to win the hearts of mayors. Classes include Intro to Pole, Pole Burn (aerobic movements), and Advanced Spin/Climb/Flirt (learn a pole spin, pole climb, pole descends, slinky floor work, and more).
If you've ever wondered how Derek Jeter can extend his arm so quickly to catch a line drive or how Robinson Cano can so effortlessly bat one out of the park, look no further than Dana Cavalea. The former director of strength-and-conditioning coach for the New York Yankees has made a career out of working with elite athletes, pushing them to the very limits of their abilities. Fortunately for everyone else, Cavalea doesn't limit his services to famous clientele. At ML Strength, he and his team of instructors help athletes at all levels get into the best shape of their lives. In training camps, they focus on full-body workouts using sports movements. ML Strength also has small group training and personal training for adults and athletes hoping to achieve any goal.
Huntington Yoga & Wellness Studio offers a diverse mix of classes so that the studio can maintain an open-door policy welcoming students of all levels in its classes. There is a beginners class, of course, but new students can also try their hand at Vinyasa, an energetic sequence of sun salutations and backbends, or Kundalini, a more relaxing blend of breathing exercises and meditation. Yoga is just a part of Huntington’s approach, though. Owner Janice Grote has spent more than 30 years supplementing her yogic journey with other holistic practices, and so the also offers reiki, massage, and plant-based nutritional counseling.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We have a beautiful, brand-new facility! Classes sizes are small, so we are able to give students more individualized attention.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans? Come in with an open mind and you can accomplish anything.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I have also had a love and passion for dance, and I wanted to share my love of dance with others.
What do you love most about your job? I love seeing the children's smiling faces.
The Erin and John Lopez, the founders of Variations, believe in more than building up successful dancers?they also believe in building healthy bodies and attitudes through dance. Erin is a longtime dancer herself, having performed at Lincoln Center and as a dancer with a wide swath of companies. The instructors here are just as committed to their students as the Lopezes, leading classes as diverse as classical ballet, jazz, and hip hop for students of all ages. The adult curriculum also covers classic and contemporary dance styles, with Pilates and ballet barre fitness lessons as well.