When instructors crank up the heat to 80 degrees or more at Studio Hot Yoga & Wellness, they aren't trying to chase practitioners away. In fact, they want to pull students deeper into the group yoga classes. Not only do the balmy temperatures loosen muscles and increase blood flow, but the warm conditions help yoga practitioners channel their focus internally to discover wellness within. Certified instructors lead the classes in a contemporary studio outfitted with zebra yoga flooring and radiant heating systems that also support non-yoga workouts such as ?Strengthen and Lengthen.?
Students of all levels can augment their workouts with personal training sessions. Beyond fitness classes, the staff also promotes overall wellness through personalized nutrition programs. Nationally certified trainers provide a variety of services such as in-home cooking classes and personal grocery shopping, picking out healthy snacks instead of bulk orders of candy bars.
In 2004, a group of skilled climbers and experienced route setters married their expansive knowledge of the sport to create Edgeworks Climbing. The gym is an indoor paradise that expertly match the dynamic challenges that athletes face outdoors, boasting 10,000 square feet of climbing area with 25-foot top-rope routes, 35-foot lead routes, and 3,500 square feet of bouldering. The team of setters draws on years of experience outdoors to create hundreds of challenging, satisfying routes for climbers of all skill levels. Most of the setters are teachers as well, leading classes for beginners or advanced climbers, as well as heading outdoors to help the class appreciate the adrenaline rush of an outdoor climb ending in a fistfight with a bear.
Additionally, the passionate staff realized that alternative workouts are needed to push through plateaus in climbs, so they created a fitness area to complement the climbing gym. Classes such as yoga, Pilates, and cycling further exercise muscle groups that are useful when trying to finally ride a bike up your favorite route.
During a desperate search for reprieve from the pain caused by a dance injury, professional dancer Lianne Gamble discovered the rehabilitating power of Pilates. A born teacher, she wanted to spread the good news, so she studied under Rael Isacowitz to earn certification in his strenuous Pilates program, Body Arts and Science International (BASI), which folds anatomy and physiology into traditional Pilates exercises.
Now, she and a team of certified instructors—among them a gymnast, several dancers, and a marketer—reshape the waistlines of Gig Harbor residents through Pilates, power yoga, and body barre classes. Focusing on BASI’s scientific approach and proper breathing techniques, they pump up mind-body connections and core strength using state-of-the-art Power Plate machines, reformers, Decepticons that transform into chiropractors, and spine correctors from Balanced Body and Peak Pilates.
Source Yoga's friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than the 217 rechargeable AA batteries that power Greater America. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, the upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Yoga stretches your muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which will improve your range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.
A former competitive figure skater, certified instructor Ashleigh Rose started practicing Pilates in 2003 while recuperating from a car accident. After more than 900 hours of training, Rose received her first certification in 2007 from the Physical Mind Institute and her second in 2009 from Body Arts and Science International. Her dedication to Pilates has earned her teaching positions both nationally and internationally, from Mexico to South Carolina to Narnia.
The enthusiasm is palpable in Rose’s studio, Pilates Plus Tacoma, where individuals and groups can learn to use Pilates equipment or eschew it in favor of Pilates mat, Zumba, barre, or TRX classes. The Pilates classes focus on six fundamental principles—centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, flow, and counting—and yield a bevy of benefits, including a reduction in stress and fat.
It's plain to see that ballet dancers stay in amazing shape, and there are only two explanations: that all of that practicing is great for your body, or that they are all enchanted statues that come alive when dressed in a leotard. Barre253 reveals which of these is the case by transforming ballet training into workouts that help create sculpted bodies with strong, slender muscles. Led by instructors whose experiences encompass Pilates training, physical therapy, and other disciplines, these classes take place in a dancer-worthy studio on a raised floor flooded with natural light.