At Robin’s Nest Yoga Studio, certified instructors nurture students’ personal yoga practice with individualized attention. During both group and private sessions, yogis move about the room, modifying poses to suit varying skill levels. Teachers have stretched through at least 200 hours of training and bring their own personal styles to sessions, combining elements of meditation and strength training or blending sun salutations and poses that awaken the body and spirit, energizing students like a jog through a particle accelerator.
The schedule brims with one-hour classes that incorporate a variety of yoga styles, including hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. To mix it up each week, the studio hosts a Sunday sampler that features focused breathing exercises and posing fundamentals such as arm balances and hip openers.
The certified therapist and experienced yoga instructors at Martha's Studio unbundle bodies and relax minds with massages and yoga courses. During 30-minute massages, a therapist tailors treatments to the needs, wants, and rhythmic-jazz preferences of each client before employing a skilled set of hands to knead away stresses and deep-seated fears of other peoples' hands. Though not included with today's deal, patrons can upgrade to a Swedish, shiatsu pressure-point, Esalen, or hot-stone massage by paying the difference in cost.
The certified trainers at Sweat, A Body Transformation recognize that boredom is one of the biggest reasons people give up losing weight. To keep workouts fresh and interesting, they have developed rigorous boot camp–style classes in which students get to sample a smorgasbord of workouts. Each morning and evening session has participants flipping tractor tires, toning cores with kettlebells, or honing functional strength by painting Mr. Miyagi’s fence. The expert trainers eschew shouting and intimidation, opting instead for positive reinforcement. After classes, students can cool down inside the center’s fully equipped locker rooms.
A good gym should provide its members with plenty of challenges, as long as none of them involve getting to the gym itself. The trainers at 319 Fitness work one-on-one with clients at their easily accessible downtown location. As an added convenience, the facility adjoins an ample parking lot where members can leave their vehicles or flip tractor tires still attached to tractors. Inside, trainers teach clients how to operate equipment in personalized training sessions geared toward helping each member realize their individual fitness goals.
The coaches at Fit2Live—which include a former college-football conditioning coach and certified personal trainers—have watched more than 411 of their members lose more than 5,791 pounds as they went from leading a sedentary lifestyle to running a road race, competing in a triathlon, or completing a Tough Mudder. The motivating crew leads adult fitness programs including highly varied CrossFit classes and workouts designed specifically for men or women.
ACE-certified personal trainer Cindy founded Cindy K's Fitness in 2001 as a workout invitation to women of every age and build. On the gym's exercise floor, equipment for weight, cardio and circuit training conditions muscles without exuding a competitive vibe. Personal trainers customize routines based on their client's goals, and group classes—which cover kettlebell swings, weightlifting for seniors, and abs-sculpting drills—rally students for communal reps. The gym's overarching focus on "fitness for the busy woman" remains evident in its varied class scheduling and infrared sauna, whose rays recharge laser pointers in time for same-day business meetings.