Pilates in Independence

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If variety can spice up life in general, Inhale Exhale Studio's owner Hao Ly figures it's also a great way to keep exercising interesting. She, and her 20-plus teachers, leads a regimen of more than 50 group fitness classes held across all seven days of the week. Students might show up on Sunday and shape glutes in a barre-based fitness class or drop in on Monday to sweat during warm Vinyasa flow yoga lead by Hao herself. Other days feature similar options, as well as multiple forms of Pilates, boot camps, and even the occasional spinning class. To help fend off soreness and aches, Hao says the studio offers Thai bodywork, an assisted form of stretching with many similarities to yoga.

Business Basics

Equipment: Pilates Reformer apparatus, RealRyder bikes
Students should bring: hot yoga towel, bottle of water, yoga mat, spin shoes, hand towel
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25
Class location: Indoors only
Established: 2013
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

1035 Vandercar Way
Florence,
KY
US

The certified instructors at Full Body Fitness & Yoga lead classes that combine strength and balance, while they help participants tone muscle, lose weight, increase flexibility, and reduce stress. Yoga serves as the studio's foundation, which includes scores of disciplines, such as yin, reiki, vinyasa, slow flow, and ashtanga. Fitness rigors of Pilates and Barre complement the calming intensity of each yoga session. Those seeking a high energy workout mixed with music and cardio and drop into a R.I.P.P.E.D or Turbo Kick and kick-start their fitness regimens.

7500 Oakbrook Drive
Florence,
KY
US

The gym can be an intimidating place for unexperienced exercisers, which is why Better Bodies introduced its Healthy Start training program. During the initial session, the staff uses a computer program called the Virtual Fitness Planner to reveal basic biometrics and calculate the likelihood of health risks such as type-2 diabetes. Once you're informed, you can take action by signing up for a personal-training session, attending a group-fitness class, or lifting on the fitness floor's Hammer Strength machines. For busy parents or particularly ripped nannies, Better Bodies also provides complimentary childcare services for members.

2230 Grandview Drive
Fort Mitchell,
KY
US

As a child, Charlotte Rayne flowed through yoga postures at her mother's side. When she got older, yoga resurfaced in her life periodically, but it wasn't central to her being. But in 2005, she decided to change that. To further her studies, she journeyed to India, where she mastered a Hatha-inspired method, and then to San Francisco, where she added Bhakti flow to her arsenal of techniques. Along with her fellow instructors at Covington Yoga, she channels her far-flung experiences into yoga and Pilates classes designed for patrons of all skill levels. The classes are built upon three yoga styles: Hatha, which is based on postures and breaths that focus attention inward; restorative, which promotes healing; and power, a fast-paced series of poses designed to build muscles and endurance. The benefits of her structured bending span spiritual, mental, and physical realms, from honing focus to enhancing strength and balance without transplanting your brain into Mary Lou Retton's body.

440 Scott Boulevard
Covington,
KY
US

Step-N-Out Dance Studio brings together a talented and diverse group of independent instructors—each expert in their own mix of dance styles. The team of enthusiastic dance professionals, lead private lessons, group classes, and workshops on three separate, mirror-lined dance floors. Together, they can teach everything from the classic ballroom and Latin dances to the fitness-focused belly dancing, Zumba, and trophy-lifting classes. Classes are foundational with a focus on movement, direction, and basic concepts of partner dancing. From getting one's start in Latin dance with salsa and bachata to basic ballroom, classes have a specific focus on teaching novice dancers steps, timing, and connection to build confidence on the dance floor and, in some cases, prepare students for more advanced training.

721 Madison Ave
Covington,
KY
US

YogahOME helps clients shed stress while nurturing strength and balance thanks to its practice of Vinyasa yoga, which matches body movements with inhalation and exhalation. Classes coordinated by experienced teachers are offered throughout the week and feature varying degrees of difficulty, such as gentle Vinyasa, moderate Hatha, hot Vinyasa, and many others. Though there are classes for different ability levels, no class is too difficult, since participants determine their own pace and level of pose extension. Since you can purchase up to two of these Groupons, mix and match six different classes to find your perfect center and qi. Mats and props (blocks and straps) are also available for rental.

715 Fairfield Ave
Bellevue,
KY
US