Crowds of people wearing white T-shirts, tutus, and old wedding dresses race through the streets during the Funk N Run 5k. They wear white because a rainbow of colors will pelt their clothing during the event. It's not totally necessary to wear white, though; the colored-cornstarch dye will show up on garments of all hues, including black yoga pants. This untimed, noncompetitive race is known for its celebratory party atmosphere, but that's not the only reason to attend; the charitable event also works to give soldiers and their families memorable homecoming experiences.
Taught by former NFL cheerleader and current mat maven Nicole DeLoreto, Yoga Mix's schedule of integrated classes combine a variety of yoga styles, focusing primarily on linking movement to breath. The 75-minute mixed-level class welcomes students of all abilities, especially fledgling flexers, who can glean a solid foundation for safe personal yoga practice. With the studio temperature kept in the 80s, muscles become malleable enough to lengthen, stretch, and form rudimentary wings during flowing postures and breath work. More experienced students may strengthen their bodies while honing concentration in a power yoga class practiced in 95-degree heat. Yoga Mix's sweat sessions incorporate inspiring tunes to further encourage students to connect movement with each breathy Sting lyric.
Pilates on 3rd's owner Neely Hufnagel set out to make her studio differ from other Pilates centers. Though she credits Pilates' body-sculpting techniques for transforming her body into figure-competition shape, she also fills her studio with high-energy cross-training classes and healing yoga sessions to provide her customers with some variety. Along with Neely, the certified staff leads patrons of all ages and abilities in myriad muscle-building and limb-stretching classes, including Pilates on the reformer, Pilates on the Chair, Pilates on the Tower, Pilates and TRX Fusion Classes and Yoga. The TRX and Reformer machines utilize a system of ropes and pulleys to help patrons sculpt lean limbs with the help of their own bodyweight. Upon entering the upscale boutique studio, guests are greeted with a spa-like atmosphere decked in gleaming wood floors, tropical plants, and delicate orchids, who graciously curtsey to the best-performing athletes on their way out.
Drs. J. Phillip and Robert Garcia are so committed to proper skincare that they invented their own medical product—Belladerm-Rx, a prescription formula meant to stave off signs of aging and environmental damage. Today, the doctors and their staff at Reviva Medical Spa customize at-home regimens of Belladerm-Rx for patients, and apply their expertise onsite during several skincare services.
These treatments combine a calm, pampering environment with medical precision. Licensed aestheticians administer facials that target problems from acne to fine lines, as well as mini-treatments that refresh complexions in 30 minutes. The Bella Vitamin C Blast, for example, firms up the face with a 30% concentration of vitamin C, the equivalent of eskimo-kissing an orange for four hours. More in-depth treatments range from microdermabrasion to chemical peels, the latter of which are grouped into three levels depending on their strength. Injectables such as Botox and Radiesse fend off wrinkles, and Ultherapy diminishes the appearance of sagging skin through applications of ultrasound. The spa also offers massage and laser hair-removal sessions.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Each 60 minute Jazzercize class incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training (with handheld weights) to a total-body workout complete with cardio, strength training, and stretching techniques. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, simply review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.