The last thing Leigh McCarthy wants is for anyone who visits her studio to feel uncomfortable, so she rids the air of pretension right away. "I am not the picture of perfect physical fitness, nor can I form my body into a pretzel," she writes in her bio. She understands that everyone comes to yoga for a different reason, perhaps to stay in shape, maybe to improve posture, or possibly even to fulfill a dream of being Stretch Armstrong for Halloween. Leigh began practicing to help manage her anxiety and chronic back pain, but it was the peace of mind she discovered that led her to continue.
This understanding that yoga is a journey infuses Leigh's instruction. She takes a patient approach with all students, encouraging them to develop at their own paces. To enhance the benefits of her classes, Leigh partners with massage therapist Andrea Banks, who performs Swedish and restorative massage, manual lymphatic drainage, and craniosacral therapy.
When Daniel and Tirzah Hawkins tied the knot, they bore more than typical wedding-day jitters—combined, the couple carried more than 100 pounds of extra weight. Today, the pair of certified personal trainers have shed the extra pounds, but they remember their deeply personal struggles on the road to fitness. That’s why they established Where to Start, a haven for the out of shape and overwhelmed. Personal training, group fitness classes, and gym memberships jump-start workout routines and get clients moving, boosting health and overall wellness.
For more than 35 years, guests of Courthouse Athletic Club have conquered every hindrance to personal health, taking advantage of a multilayered approach that addresses fitness, diet, and broader facets of well being. Beyond basic features such as weight training, cardiovascular equipment, and immobile floors that force walking, membership grants access to more than 320 group fitness classes that populate each week's schedule, integrating practices such as Pilates and yoga along with aqua Zumba and Jazzercise. Courthouse Athletic Club's personal trainers follow the philosophy that being fit means being empowered to embark on any kind of adventure you want. A core tenet within that philosophy is the belief in fun. The staff does not emphasize a rating system or hierarchy, instead evaluating progress in terms of whether clients become more able to experience an enjoyably active life. Onsite childcare providers take care of young ones while parents work out, and many youth activities also keep kids busy, including swimming and special-needs dance classes. Courthouse Athletic Club is also part of a network of 70 clubs in the Pacific Northwest; members can work out at those facilities as guests when on the road.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Yoga Revolution tends to the whole body. It offers a variety of classes, such as hot yoga, meditation, kettle yoga, tai chi, and yoga hip-hop. But it also houses a retail shop that vends clothing from Om Shanti Clothing and outfits clients’ insides with nutritional products such as vitamins and supplements. Beyond the yoga-centered curriculum, the studio also has on-site massage therapists and provides Zumba sessions that combine dance steps and exercise techniques more effectively than square-dancing on a treadmill in an energetic class set to Latin rhythms.
Krav Maga is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. It has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the United States. It's a simple, effective self defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques & realistic training scenarios.
At DEFY Aerial Fitness Studio, exercisers dangle from cascading strips of silk and pull off airborne feats of acrobatic prowess on low trapeze bars during exhilarating workouts. Small groups hover above the ground, stretching limbs into graceful motions that strengthen cores. Instructors also lead workshops that impart martial arts and Parkour techniques, such as vaulting, balancing, and quadrupedal movements that dramatically increase the chances of escaping an orangutan pursuit, unless that orangutan also studied Parkour. In addition to their regular class schedule, instructors host an open gym session that gives students time to practice their skills and further stick it to gravity.