Students stand squarely on hardwood floors in Sumits Yoga's heated studio. Instructors lead them through 75-minute classes, fusing inspiration from Bikram and Ashtanga power-flow styles of yoga to create a dynamic and fluid practice. Sumits' two styles of hot yoga cover a sequence of balancing and energizing physical postures, called asanas, set to motivating music. The practice room's hot and humid atmosphere warms and relaxes muscles more effectively than a bear hug from an actual bear, helping yogis to reach deeper stretches.
The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Martial Arts believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That’s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can’t be resolved through traditional coup d’ètat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as kenpo karate and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian jujitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate has won Krem’s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.
Founded in 2009 by mother-daughter duo Cate Tedeski and Clarisa Knepprath, Yoga Babes welcomes female yogis of any age and skill level. The cozy studio accommodates smaller classes that facilitate personal interaction and thumb wars with the instructor. During warm yoga classes, the temperature summits at 85 degrees to promote detoxification and circulation. Mommy & Me classes synchronize moms and kids in poses that tone the body, whereas fitness-hooping classes evoke the childlike spirit within grown women. The studio supplies custom, handmade hoops for hooping classes, sparing students the trouble of haggling one from the nearest Girl Scout troop. Visit the studio’s schedule for a full list of classes and times.
Drawing on bachelor's and master's degrees, the instructors at DanceTales Studio guide limbs through shimmies and pliés during a packed schedule of classes that emphasize method and form. Bodies move through an assortment of styles, floating through ballroom techniques with romantic and smooth waltzes and upbeat fox trots inspired by old Broadway show stoppers and the Victorian tradition of choreographed hunting trips. Feet pivot off hips through Latin varieties such as salsa, rumba, and cha-cha, and swing sends torsos twirling under arms and over heads.
Moving to the mantra, “Where performance comes from within,” Urban Beat Dancers molds students of all ages into confident, sure-footed individuals. The facility begins a new four-week program at the beginning of each month, with two classes per week tiered into five different age groups. During those classes, instructors teach a blended mix of jazz and hip-hop, making sure to squeeze in important life skills during sessions for younger students.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can 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.