Coos, gurgles, and tiny handclaps form a soundtrack for Stroller Strides classes, one-hour sessions that are part play group and part workout, helping moms and tots forge friendships as they build strength, coordination, and flexibility. Certified instructors lead intervals of power walking and toning exercises that sculpt the entire body more effectively than bench-pressing babies. Workouts incorporate easy-to-use tools such as resistance bands and the strollers themselves, as well as environmental elements such as hills and trees during warm weather. Classes welcome moms of all fitness levels and babies who are 6 weeks old or who can grow a full beard. Stroller Strides also develops online resources to help moms connect with one another and work out in their homes.
NASM-certified fitness coach Chris Barnett trains his clients to look beyond their weight-loss woes. His boot-camp programs aim for total transformation of both body and mind, equipping students with a healthier lifestyle and the knowledge to sustain it. With a welcoming demeanor and plenty of motivational mantras, Chris leads calisthenics, plyometrics, and dumbbell drills during his workout sessions. His exercise lineups can push clients to varying goals, including a slimmer physique, enhanced sports performance, or a mix of the two, eventually enabling players to plan ambushes from behind goal posts.
Whether they’re helping clients pick a new hairstyle or selecting Dermalogica products to quell a client’s skin issues, the staffers at Zenful Day Spa and Salon have a single goal: to make everyone who walks through their doors feel more confident. The staff consists of stylists and aestheticians who, beyond haircuts and skincare, specialize in brow and lash tinting, eyelash extensions, and hair extensions.
While students certainly build muscles at Little Feet Taekwondo, the martial-arts instructors focus more on strengthening each person's self-confidence. They work with all levels?white belts to black belts?to develop mental discipline, physical coordination, and defensive ability. Little Feet Taekwondo's instructors train students as young as 3, and family classes accommodate ages 10 and up, including adults. That way, kids and their parents can break boards and come up with their superhero catch phrases side by side.
Twisted Ewe invites crafters of all stripes to come together and chat, collaborate, and inspire one another amid sunny yellow walls lined with shelf after shelf of bright skeins of yarn. The store’s encouraging, communal environment becomes apparent in open knit nights, the Kids' Korner, and the staff’s willingness to discuss the advantages of making socks with alpaca yarn versus sasquatch fur. Additional guidance for constructing sweaters and scarves fills the pages of knitting and crocheting books and magazines, and Twisted Ewe’s classes provide hands-on instruction for projects ranging from crafting a cardigan to creating dutch mitts.
Bronco CrossFit's three trainers welcome guests of all fitness levels to the studio, where they scale workouts to individuals' fitness levels and push CrossFitters to exceed their training goals. No matter participants' fitness levels, however, the Workouts of the Day keep them guessing with a variety of daily exercises that include rowing, powerlifting, kettlebells, and bodyweight exercises.