Cindy K’s, which boasts a cozy and noncompetitive atmosphere, is Iowa City's only full-service women's fitness center. Visitors can have a go on the elliptical machines, treadmills, and recumbent bikes, or pump some iron on the weight machines or the parking lot, where there are plenty of small cars available for lifting. After knocking out imaginary, sand-filled enemies on the punching bags, head to the infrared sauna to bask in the warm embrace of success. Eponymous owner Cindy K is an ACE-certified personal trainer, who, after single-handedly hoisting the sun above the horizon, opens her gym at 5 a.m. on weekdays and at 7 a.m. on Saturdays.
New Life Fitness World motivates calories crusaders with personal trainers and more than 140 hours of group classes. Launch fitness plans in a one-on-one training session before bounding into any of the four locations' exercise courses, such as cycling, Zumba, and Piyo, a combination of yoga, Pilates, and trick yo-yoing. After land-based laps around the indoor tracks, or the aquatic equivalent in the indoor heated pools, fit fiddles can indulge in a sauna steam, a hot-tub soak, or a tanning session. Towel service and locker rooms facilitate transitions out of the gym, while childcare frees parents from the stress of pushing strollers while jogging on the treadmill.
Acupuncture of Iowa's certified practitioners draw on their varied backgrounds in ancient Chinese medicine and athletic training to alleviate a cornucopia of modern ailments, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain. After a presession assessment pinpoints the best pin points for your physical complaint—be it tennis elbow or a migraine from Iowa City's new "everything's fine" siren—Laura strategically places tiny ultra-thin needles in precise locations on the body, which stimulate a natural internal healing process. The relaxing treatment corrects any kinks in the body's energy flow, and Chinese herbs and traditional medicines help speed up the healing. The National Institutes of Health concluded in 1997 that acupuncture is an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including asthma, allergies, and menstrual cramps.
At Core Fitness, muscle-makers can utilize and experience free weights, cardio classes, workout machines, and more. Over 145 classes per week range in level to suit fledgling fitness fans and experienced exercisers alike. Both locations are open 24 hours every day, ensuring even the busiest beekeepers have the opportunity to put down their apiary aprons and get fit. Choose from slimming, heart-pumping sessions like the Bodypump class, where muscle mavens can tone and define muscle without building bulk, or relax and revitalize mind and body with Warm Yoga Flow. Other choices include spin class, kickboxing and Zumba; all classes are lead by certified and sculpted instructors. Each facility also boasts saunas and steam rooms, as well as free parking to match their perpetual operating hours.
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.