At Real Results Fitness, the end goal is health and strength. To work towards that, though, trainers keep in mind every patron's abilities. Students work in groups with others of the same skill and fitness level and keep instructors appraised of any limitations or previous injuries. Those instructors include a skilled trainer and a 20-year veteran of the industry.
They'll put to use the gym's equipment, which ranges from tires and heavy bags to stationary bikes and weight machines. Almost as important as all that gear is a range of meal plans and supplements, which can help with health goals even away from the gym and let patrons recover from classes. Those classes might include circuit training, which keeps all muscles working with ever-changing routines, or stretching sessions, which can help build flexibility and prevent strains.
Located on Fremont Street, right at the gateway to the Fremont East Entertainment District, Don’t Tell Mama is well situated to attract downtowners looking for live entertainment. A black and white checkerboard floor sets the tone, with ample tables and half-booths lining the walls, plus red velour drapes that hang around the large space. But the bar’s real draw is the grand piano, elevated on a small stage, from which singing bartenders and accompanists perform nightly. Patrons can make song requests and sing along with the waitstaff if they so choose. Or, better yet, get onstage themselves to perform renditions of Broadway show tunes, pop, rock, country, cabaret or any other song that comes to mind (and can be cued up from Don’t Tell Mama’s voluminous music files). There’s no cover but an enforced one drink minimum, so be prepared to spend some cash.
After spending the better part of the last two decades practicing yoga, managing studios, and teaching at various hotels, spas, and health clubs, Angelica Govaert decided to open Sin City Yoga. When she began to design her courses and write lesson plans for her teacher-training program, a vinyasa-based regimen that emphasized the connection between movements and breathing started to take shape. Today, her studio offers classes every day of the week. Open to all levels of students, the instructors adjust their routines depending on the experience level of attendees, each individuals' goals and limitations, and the number of quadruple-jointed students in the class.
Yoga instructor Ala didn't settle for completing a 200-hour training program—soon after, she leapt into studying the more mystical arts of theta- and crystal-healing. Her partner Dennis, meanwhile, spent more than a decade honing his skills and expertise as a personal trainer. Though it may seem unlikely, they've found a way to bring these disparate skills together. As the founders of Ignite Your DNA, they specialize in a blend of fitness training and holistic healing. Dennis leads one-on-one and small-group workout sessions, while Ala gently guides her clients through basic yoga poses. Additionally, essential-oil aromatherapy sessions, tarot-card readings, and meditation coaching work to ease troubled minds, including ones who've seen the episode of Frasier where Niles turns evil. In their mission to help clients help themselves, Dennis and Ala are flexible: they can conduct their services at a nearby gym or in the privacy of a client's home.
The instructors at Just Breathe Wellness Center encourage harmony of body and mind with meditation classes and yoga sessions that guide participants through series of flowing poses. Dedicated to nurturing tranquility in many facets of life, the center also offers life counseling as well as by-appointment massage, reiki, and acupuncture treatments.
Classes at the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center stretch, flex, and push yogis of all skill levels, from novices to bone-defying experts, to new heights of fitness and relaxation. Iyengar yoga combines a focus on muscle-reforming standing poses with breathing and tension relief techniques, creating classes that soothe mental and physical tensions with a two-bird stone of flexion. Individualized instruction makes sessions appealing to beginners and easily adjusted to match the skills of seasoned veterans—yoga teachers watch, adjust, and encourage each class member, utilizing props such as blocks and straps to tailor poses all students.