Karen Nicholas knows firsthand the struggle of trying to fit fitness into a daily routine. In fact, her own personal-training certification was delayed by a new development in her personal life?pregnancy, to be exact. Now a busy mom, the namesake of Karen Nicholas Personal Training LLC helps other busy clients keep in shape with flexible exercise options. Whether she fits in a personal-training session before your morning meeting or invites you to bring baby along to Stride and Ride stroller fitness class, Karen never fails to accommodate any schedule.
At the helm of CrossFit Lawrence is owner Thomas Thatcher. Certified in everything from CrossFit to USA Weightlifting and CPR, he also relies on his experience as a black belt to lead CrossFit classes that are equally eclectic. During those classes, Thatcher and his team of certified instructors guide participants through daily workouts that incorporate varied, functional movements. They get participants flipping giant tractor tires, lifting weights, and throwing medicine balls, all of which use everyday movements and work every muscle group. Their encouraging shouts rattle the walls of the brand-new 6,000-square-foot facility, which brims with a massive bouldering wall and $30,000 worth of CrossFit gear.
A 300-square-foot bouldering wall rises to the ceiling the middle of the gym, giving The Summit both its name and one of its most challenging exercises. Around it stand rows of glittering Precor cardio machines, each with a built-in 15-inch LCD television capable of tuning to dozens of channels. Stationary rowing machines emulate the resistance of real water to provide a full-body workout, and full scale boxing gym. After a workout, members can retire to one of two infrared saunas to relax, chat, or literally let off some steam. An on-site shop allows guests to purchase goods such as boxing gloves, supplements, and snacks.
• For $19, you get five drop-ins for yoga or 5Rhythms movement classes (up to a $60 value). • For $39, you get 10 drop-ins for yoga or 5Rhythms movement classes (up to a $120 value). The serenity gurus at Be Moved Studio embrace a holistic philosophy that encourages growth for the body, spirit, and chakra with a schedule of free-flowing yoga and 5Rhythms classes. The yoga classes require no experience and are taught by master pretzel impersonators, some boasting more than 25 years of teaching experience. On Mondays, Hatha Yoga students develop strength, fluidity, and stillness, and Thursday sees perfect-postured pupils move Beyond Yoga with bodywork, breath development, and personalized, monogrammed asanas.
With its talented team of muscle molders, Next Level uses a variety of fitness techniques to tailor slimmer silhouettes in one-on-one sessions. Using the tactics from several different training methods, personal-strength sherpas combine body-busting workouts with nutrition knowledge to create a personalized conditioning system designed to help both pro athletes and fledgling iron pumpers. The modest gym houses rows of barbells, as well as a collection of strength and stretching equipment, to fuel fat-eradicating workouts. Each one-hour session is completely customized to the client's goals, whether they're seeking to shed weight, build brawn, or arm-wrestle a rhinoceros.
Bikram Yoga College of India stretches soul sacks to more lithesome states with a variety of class times. Limb limberers of all yogic abilities will bend, stretch, and cajole muscles and tendons with 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, all within the melty confines of a 105-degree room. The poses oxygenate blood, restore normal function to organs, and clear bodies of subdermal strontium deposits, whereas the high heat improves muscle strength, reorganizes disorderly lipids, and keeps tickers thoroughly tocking for a high-impact cardio workout. The experienced staff shepherds students through the postures, providing guidance for each tree, eagle, and angry-hall-monitor pose. Body benders should bring a mat, towel, and bottle of water to each stretching session.