Sunlight streams in through Westside Yoga's floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing the studio in light as expert instructors lead small groups through relaxing and tranquil yoga classes. Views of swaying, outdoor prairie grasses inspire students as they bend to elongate and strengthen muscles through various poses and deep-breathing exercises atop the room's smooth bamboo floors. Gentle yoga classes couple traditional postures with holistic ideas of aligning and grounding the body for those more interested in yoga's relaxing and restorative properties. Intermediate and advanced classes explore more rigorous routines designed to challenge students and their notions of what a cobra would look like with arms.
Passionate about creating a sense of community, Westside Yoga also offers yoga camps for kids from preschool to high school, welcoming them to stretch and grow in playful, age-appropriate sessions. Instructors also lead family yoga classes for all ages and seniors yoga specifically for guests over age 55.
At Title Boxing Club, professional boxers, kickboxers, and mixed martial artists may lead the classes, but their goal is fitness, not fighting. They push patrons to strengthen their bodies from head to toe during one-hour sessions, instructing them to pummel 100-pound bags with jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks. They encourage members to hit the bags as hard or soft as they like and to move at their own pace, so the classes accessible to all fitness levels. During one-on-one training sessions, trainers use custom routines of weightlifting, cardio, and sparring to show students how to float like a butterfly and sting like a venomous butterfly. They also develop custom diet plans and exercise routines to help clients meet their fitness goals.
At each of its 12 locations in Kansas, the staff of Genesis Health Club strive to create a one-stop health-and-fitness center for the entire family. Supervised childcare programs entertain kids with arts and crafts, and Muay Thai classes help youngsters improve coordination and strength under the tutelage of a fifth-degree black belt. Adults can head over to yoga, Pilates, cycling, or MMA cardio classes, which are all led by nationally certified instructors. Guests can also take advantage of the rows of cardio and strength-training machines, or work one-on-one with an instructor to learn correct form and the best way to walk on your hands on a moving treadmill.
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.
Featuring Les Mills group workout classes, Body Boutique has been facilitating fitness training for women of all ages and fitness levels for more than 20 years. Body Boutique's memberships include admission to group exercise classes, yoga and Pilates classes, and use of the spa, including the jacuzzi, dry sauna, and koala-free eucalyptus steam room. Members can train misbehaving hearts on state-of-the-art cardio equipment and free weights or, for an additional charge, partake in on-site nutrition workshops and personal-training sessions. Body Boutique is open seven days a week to accommodate customer needs.
• 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.