Larissa Anderson may look young, but she's already enjoyed opportunities that older yogis would bend over backwards for. The owner and senior instructor at Firehouse Hot Yoga??formerly Bikram Hot Yoga Kirkland??completed her training in 2003, and by 2004 was already invited to judge the Southern California Regional Yoga Competition. From 2006?2007 she honed her skills as an instructor at the prestigious Bikram International World Headquarters in Los Angeles, before entering the championship circuit herself and taking home a second-place finish in the Washington regional competition.
Finally establishing a studio she can call home, Anderson welcomes yogis of all levels to stretch their limits in 105-degree heat, which encourages muscles to stretch, pores to oust toxins, and penguins to hold dance practice somewhere else. Each session explores a sequence of 26 Hatha poses performed in a deliberate order with breathing exercises designed to strengthen the body and usher oxygen to its extremities.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Rommel Acda pursued a career in physical fitness to help his parents deal with their metabolic disorders and lead healthier lifestyles, but he found his passion for helping people went beyond his family. Element 5 Fitness offers personal training and classes such as boot camp, athletic conditioning, and kettlebell training taught by Willie Woods, a certified strength and conditioning specialist. The training facility houses traditional equipment and utilizes protocols focused on getting results.
Founded in 2010 by a group of veteran badminton players, including former head coach of Team USA Wendy Carter, Seattle Badminton Club provides plenty of space and opportunities to enjoy the fast, exciting sport. Ten regulation-size courts host bouts between players of all skill levels during drop-in matches and organized leagues. The gym also offers lessons for children and adults, imparting both the basic techniques to make proper shots and the competitive skills to wrestle birdies away from hunting dogs' mouths.
Behind the elegant wooden desk in its reception area lies the thing that sets Be One Yoga apart?two things, in fact. The state-of-the-art Studio A features an infrared heat system that varies temperatures between 95? and 110?, the ideal levels for intensive hot yoga. Air conditioning systems monitor CO2 levels, pumping in high-oxygen air to keep bodies energized, while all circulating atmosphere goes through UV light to keep it clean as clean as Mr. Clean's highly censored DVD collection. Studio B allows for more temperate practice, as well as hosting Be One Kids programs, introducing young ones to the joys of yoga. Complementing yoga's wellness-boosting properties, massage services knead away muscle stiffness and evaporate tension beneath the therapists' gently kneading hands.
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At Swing Doctors, PGA-certified instructors use state-of-the-art video-analysis software to improve each golfer?s swing mechanics and overall skill set. A camera captures swings and divides them into freeze frames to pinpoint weaknesses in posture, technique, and color coordination of clothing.
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