Exercise is for everyone. That's the belief at The Lotus Studio, where classes include yoga, Zumba, dance, and specifically designed fitness classes for seniors. Yoga classes range from flow-style and power yoga to relaxing yin yoga and chair yoga classes for those with weight-barring limitations. Zumba, meanwhile, feels more like a party than a workout, as participants burn calories while moving to easy-to-follow dance steps set to international rhythms. Kids get to have fun during Tumble Bugs gymnastics, ballet, and other dance classes to distract them from asking for a pony before every meal.
At DEFY Aerial Fitness Studio, exercisers dangle from cascading strips of silk and pull off airborne feats of acrobatic prowess on low trapeze bars during exhilarating workouts. Small groups hover above the ground, stretching limbs into graceful motions that strengthen cores. Instructors also lead workshops that impart martial arts and Parkour techniques, such as vaulting, balancing, and quadrupedal movements that dramatically increase the chances of escaping an orangutan pursuit, unless that orangutan also studied Parkour. In addition to their regular class schedule, instructors host an open gym session that gives students time to practice their skills and further stick it to gravity.
Jacqulyn McDougal, Nisa Windsong-Frazier, and Dr. Jen Bogus co-founded Soul Pilates and Wellness to combine their talents for bodywork, fitness, and naturopathic medicine. Jacqulyn specializes in therapeutic massages, using deep-tissue and neuromuscular techniques to dissolve tension and lingering resentment of your successful cousins that is stored in muscles. In Pilates classes that use either mats or a wall-mounted piece of equipment called a SpringBoard, Nisa helps guests build core strength using full-body resistance exercises. Finally, Dr. Jen uses naturopathic medicine to treat ailments such as allergies, chronic pain, and debilitating fear of the zoo. The three founders of Soul Pilates and Wellness also offer group fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba.
At The Fit Corps, certified personal trainers welcome beginners and experienced athletes alike for group classes, personal training, and health coaching. During group classes, exercisers push their limits in circuit and strength training with heavy battling ropes, kettlebells, weight lifting, full-body functional suspension training, and more. They also move to fluid rhythms in Zumba or stretch out in yoga. In the gym’s space, members can lift weights and work on their core exercises.
All of the coaches at 503 West Coast Jiu Jitsu are also active competitors. At 503, they foster a familial atmosphere in which they strive to identify each individual’s personal goals and make it their priority to help them achieve. They lead a variety of combat-style programs, including mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling, muay-thai kickboxing, and boxing for MMA. They also have classes for kids, teens, and women, as well as CrossFit classes.
Proper technique may be at the center of each dance class at In Motion Dance and Movement, but there's still room for fun. Owner and head instructor Karissa Dean, a lifelong dancer, knows the importance of both. The classes she took to obtain her dance degree emphasized the importance of anatomy and physiology, but her experience on various dance teams taught the importance of teamwork and enjoyment. So regardless of the class subject—including tap, hip-hop, ballet, and Zumba—she and fellow teacher Samantha will balance both.