After teaching foreign languages and working as a sales rep, Alice Abrams realized that the biggest constant in her life—exercise—should be her next career move. Her 16 years of Pilates training prompted her to open Pilates of Boynton Beach, where she mans classes alongside her daughter, Elyssa Zion, and a squad of certified instructors. The curriculum shapes lean bodies with a variety of stretching and dance techniques. Mat and equipment Pilates work alongside Xtend Barre lessons to stretch muscles while improving posture, and Zumba classes incorporate festive music to fuel cardio choreography. All sessions, whether group or private, are meant to accommodate students of any skill level so long as they bring a permission slip signed by each vertebra.
Sunlight streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing Erin Haag, her troupe of Power Pilates–certified instructors, and small-group exercisers in light as they tone cores and build muscle on the black Reformer machines. Pilates of Palm Beach’s titular Pilates classes stay true to Joseph Pilates’s six foundational principles, including focusing on executing each exercise with complete muscular control, initiating movements from your core, and paying complete attention to the exercise and nothing else, not even the gorilla in the middle of the room. Instructors also complement the Pilates classes with more peaceful yoga classes.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.
Aerial Bodies Pilates, Fitness & Therapy eschews the crowds, loud music, and sweaty equipment often found in larger gyms for an intimate, boutique studio that conjures a quiet, relaxed setting in which to exercise the mind and body. In the Pilates room, owner Lydie Robsham guides students through core-bolstering moves on Reformer machines that utilize the body weight of the exerciser to sculpt lean muscle, increase flexibility, and improve posture. In addition to a plethora of athletic accomplishments and teaching certifications, Lydie also boasts a license in massage therapy and can work out her clients' kinks with kneading techniques from a dozen different modalities. After a yoga or Pilates class, guests can unwind with coffee or tea.
Powerhouse Gym escorts its members toward healthier lifestyles with comprehensive memberships and a cavalcade of meticulously maintained equipment. More than newly installed 50 cardio machines volunteer to put legs through their paces as users utilize theater remotes to control one of seven different televisions. A neatly aligned contingent of benches, dumbbells, and racks populate the spacious free-weight area, and competitive guests can work up a sweat or settle disputes the way Congress does with intense games of racquetball. To shed calories among fitness confidants, slide into an expert-led group class such as yoga, Zumba, or cardio kickboxing. Additionally, two 30-minute sessions with a certified personal trainer help facilitate positive results with an in-depth review of individual goals. After determining each guest's needs and level of fitness, trainers can begin to coax fit forms from their subcutaneous hideaways with motivating workouts and softly hummed Rocky themes.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.