Shannon Bostwick shapes healthier clients from top to bottom using variable workouts and advanced TRX suspension training. Clients sweat, strive, and sculpt as Shannon strikes up a fast tempo, using body-weight resistance and cardiovascular exercises to increase muscle tone while maintaining core strength and flexibility. Circuit-style workouts change each day, confusing muscles and keeping the mind engaged.
In the Berkshires of Massachusetts, a large ashram community of yoga enthusiasts developed the Kripalu discipline of yoga over three decades of intensive practice. After studying the teaching techniques of Kripalu yoga, instructor Daniela Boesshenz guides others through the practice's meditative movements at Sramana Yoga.
Daniela builds each class around a sequence of postures that aims to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body, whether in simple level-one lessons or in level-two sessions that challenge students with more rigorous poses. On select days, Daniela leads less intense chair yoga classes for individuals with arthritis and heart conditions, and when the weather cooperates, she'll take classes outside to the beach so students can take in a sunset or the first steps of a recently evolved fish.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
At Hot Yoga Largo, sweltering hot classrooms spark a rejuvenating release for muscles. Sweat and trapped toxins expel out of the body’s pores as instructors link static yoga poses into an up-tempo tapestry of movement. Students can also venture outside of the studio for energizing classes held on the beach, sliding through poses as the sun peeks its head over the water.
Aside from its classes being only available for women, there aren't many restrictions at Superlady Fitness Boot Camp. The personal trainers who lead the classes don't care if exercisers can do one push-up or 1,000, which is the amount Wonder Woman did during commercial breaks. That support combined with a daily gamut of cardio, stretches, physio ball work, and body-weight exercises results in fun workouts.
Get Fitness’s massive open-gym layout might look intimidating at first glance, with its rows upon rows of treadmills, ellipticals, and weight-training machines. But here, the different zones are clearly marked on the wall to ease navigation, and the warm staff is always circulating to dole out workout advice. In addition to manning the equipment, they helm group sweat sessions, leading fitness classes including Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing in the gleaming studio. They take workouts to the streets in their boot-camp style SPF 60 program, meeting students at area parks to whip them into shape via plyometric sets, matches of tug-of-war, and TRX training sessions.
During their personal-training sessions, trainers push patrons toward their fitness and weight-loss goals with a fully customized regimen, while helping them check off Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines in their National Audubon Society Field Guides to American Gym Equipment manuals. The dedicated trainers can be accessed 24/7 via the online program, which helps guests calculate calorie intake, develop healthy meal plans, and further customize their workout routines.