At Covington Yoga, body benders flex and relax toward greater fitness atop hardwood floors in an airy studio filled with natural light. Patrons can turn unsavory skeletons into delicious pretzels with one of many expert-led classes such as yin yoga, which works the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine with poses held for up to five minutes. Those stretching for two can attend the prenatal class, which helps soon-to-be mothers unwind and strengthen their rapidly changing bodies.
Sometimes, boot camp classes carry a military tone—one that dilutes encouragement in favor of brutish yelling. But that's not the case at Edge Body Boot Camp, where instructors are as supportive as they are informative. Under the direction of Dustin Edge—who has 12 years of industry experience packed into his muscles—Edge Body's trainers combine cardio exercises and resistance training into single, high-energy workouts. To prevent clients from hitting a plateau or becoming tempted to exercise while they sleep, Edge Body mixes up its routine every class. Complementary nutritional guidance, meal planning, and fitness evaluations available to all campers helps to achieve goals.
Fitness, Friends and Fun is a gym on a mission. So named because founder Veronica Rosignoli believes that clients can love exercise if fitness routines are community-oriented and fun, this fitness center prides itself on being welcoming and accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Here, members will find cardio and strength-training machines, 37 group fitness classes per week, free weights, personal training, and nutritional counseling, as well as free childcare in the afternoons and early evenings.
With its studio's purple walls and its lobby's cushy armchairs, Evolve Health Studio doesn't look like a traditional gym. It's not that the studio lacks the resources of other gyms—after all, instructors lead daily boot-camp classes and Zumba workouts just like at any fitness center. But the staff members recognize the limitations of traditional fitness centers, which is why they hold cooking classes, life-coaching sessions, and even posture workshops.
It’s also why they encourage clients to build relationships with the other students in classes, a practice which provides emotional support and someone to stand on when clients need to retrieve their salad spinner from the top cabinet. Instructors can even lead whole families in workouts to help to build healthy approaches to exercise at any age.
The certified and degreed trainers of Body Evolution don't judge themselves by their personal accomplishments, but by their clients' results. Body Evolution trainers know that every person is mentally and physically different, so no single fitness approach will work for everyone. Trainers Vince Hogue and Tristen Hines also adhere to this principle, and use their experience to draft workout regimes that inspire clients, nurture their health, and reduce daydreams of owning a house made of Twinkies. To ensure he continues to give clients an optimal workout, ACE nationally recognized and CPR/AED-certified trainer Walt Fleitz regularly attends seminars and studies new methods. His favorite quote from Maya Angelou sums up his beliefs the best: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."