Fitness Now's founder Tiffany Wheatley draws from more than 12 years of professional fitness experience and extensive certification to customize each workout and regimen to each customer's individual needs. Sophisticated cardio and strength equipment hone and tone muscles, while certified personal trainers and nutritionists fashion individual exercise and diet packages. Guests sweat to glory in the supportive atmosphere of group classes such as spin sessions or Pilates and yoga courses, which aim to unite mind and body during core-boosting workouts, like doing sit-ups in a sensory-depravation tank.
With two local locations, more than 50 classes each week, and an expert squad of certified instructors, it makes sense that Nuvo magazine named Invoke Studio the best source for yoga and Pilates five years in a row. While maintaining the old Buschman Building's original 19th-century charm in her downtown studio, Invoke owner Amy Peddycord has created a 4,000-square-foot modern oasis for mind-body workouts with calming hues, exposed ducts, and hardwood floors that gleam like an upside-down CD under the light of a cassette player’s display. Wall-spanning windows let in floods of natural light and give Vinyasa practitioners something to salute during their strengthening flow. Pilates classes strengthen cores and help to increase range of motion with exercises performed on simple sticky mats. A ballet barre stretches across the wall of the large practice room, where students perform dance-inspired moves.
The dedicated instructors at Cityoga bring years of experience and buckets of motivation to guide body and mind overhaul for yogis of all skill levels. Whether you want to increase muscle tone, stand taller, bend over backward, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, Cityoga offers a suitable class. Crank up the heat and detoxify during a Hot Yoga class, or, if you seek a still mind, tap into cranial calmness during a session of Kundalini yoga. On the other end of the body and mind spectrum, physically focused classes such as yoga for strength and endurance and yoga for toning muscles or sculpting clay busts of muscles are also scheduled throughout the week. With this Groupon, customers also receive 15% off any retail purchases at Cityoga, which offers up yoga mats, towels, and workout clothes.
Westview Healthplex Sports Club's 159,000-square-foot health facility presents a sprawling space for fitness fanatics to fulfill fitness goals with TRX-suspension classes and two weeks of unlimited access to the fitness center, pool, and other wellness mediators. Originally developed by the military, TRX suspension is a training method that utilizes a simple suspension system, allowing the trainee to push and pull against the resistance of his or her own body weight and ultimately disprove the myth of gravity. Held every day of the week for 45 minutes, safely suspended bodies can perform hundreds of exercises that build strength, flexibility, and balance at varying levels of intensity, allowing aspiring athletes to stay in control of their workouts and adapt session to their changing fitness needs. Each exercise works the entire body instead of just one muscle at a time, resulting in a comprehensive workout that helps strengthen and tone the muscles while striking fear into the hearts of sealed mayonnaise jars.
At Yoga Monkey + Fitness, Aleasha Sholes and Angie Howard want all of their staff and students to behave like monkeys. The co-owners covet the animal's playful spirit, physical poise, and social nature, encouraging guests to embrace these qualities with a variety of classes. Whether they are leading Vinyasa yoga sequences or kickboxing jabs in their two workout studios, their constructive attitudes boost both moods and heart rates. They continuously strive to redefine each student's limits, though they never lose sight of the ideal balance among work, play, and meditation dream duels. Their health-care backgrounds—Aleasha was a nurse, and Angie devises wellness programs for independent and assisted-living facilities—give them the anatomical know-how to customize their programs based on different strength levels.
Inspired by their training with Swami Rama—the founder of the Himalayan Institute—Carol and Charles Crenshaw motivate students to deepen the connection between their bodies and minds at Inner Peace Yoga Center. At their nonprofit studio, Carol and Charles strive to honor Swami Rama by cultivating a sanctuary for relaxation and self-discovery through meditation and yoga classes. Six levels of yoga classes help beginners and experienced yogis alike to build strength and relieve tension, encouraging them to work at their own pace. During meditation classes, the focus is solely on the mind. Patrons drift into a meditative state to quiet anxiety over the day’s tasks or worries about dinosaurs re-emerging from extinction. A core focus on community drives the center, with community-centered events bringing people together for pasta cookouts, in-depth workshops, and community-service initiatives.
Though Perfekt Fit is an intimate studio, it houses an impressive and diverse selection of fitness classes. Sunlight pours through its lofty windows as trainers motivate students to pedal furiously atop stationary cycles. During other classes, students twist into yoga poses, dance to energetic Latin-inspired Zumba routines, or work their abs in pilates atop the glossy hardwood floor. Groups line up along ballet barres during innovative barre classes, practicing traditional ballet exercises to strengthen muscles and improve coordination. The studio's expert trainers also offer private training sessions, where they work with students individually to accommodate unique fitness goals and overcome restrictive issues, from recovering from injuries to coaxing a stubborn tarantula out of their gym sneakers.