The benefits of yoga—a quiet mind, powerful muscles, and a general sense of being—that appeals to everyone. Nearly everyone could use a little more of the above, which is why Illuminate Yoga's instructors have designed a yoga experience that's accessible to all ages and skill levels. They know that people come to yoga for all kinds of reasons, whether it's to heal an injury or to make sense of late-period Beatles lyrics. That's why they've designed a multidisciplinary schedule with classes in Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, fire flow, klds yoga, and other yoga styles that appeal to everyone. In keeping with its theme of being environmentally friendly, the studio uses heat panels from Heating Green. The far infrared energy warms the body from the inside out to promote flexibility and detoxification without circulating stifling air.
Studio 3 Fitness instructors Jennifer Barton and Calie Shackleford team up to create a fun, supportive exercise environment steeped in motivation. At their facility, the fitness-driven duo leads a selection of classes that welcomes students of all experience levels, from drop-in barreAmped classes to boot camp programs with accompanying nutritional counseling and meal planning. The encouraging atmosphere that Jennifer and Calie have devised carries over outside the studio, as well, with Studio 3's online community and free health and wellness workshops.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The patented Smartraining machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Exercisers can track their results and body composition measurements online and even compare individual fitness levels to others in the Koko FitClub community.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Through encouragement and constant motivation we give clients the ability to continue their training. We challenge clients with exercises that are tough but doable and show the respective client that they can do these workouts.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
Not at all. When a client experiences pain or excessive problems with the exercise, cessation of the activity is required.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Peak12Sports is devoted to hard work and scientific design workouts. We focus on developing strength, speed, and power as our emphasis. Working out should be fun but hard.
Equipment: We specialize in body-weight plyometric exercises.
Students should bring: Bottles of water, eagerness, and willingness to train
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
While music lilts through the workout spaces of BarreAmped, instructors guide limbs through the muscle-lengthening maneuvers of Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped programs. Many of them have augmented their extensive dance, gymnastics, and fitness backgrounds with training from Suzanne Bowen herself—including the Franklin studio's Amy Weber, who has practiced BarreAmped since before it was branded and now trains fellow teachers. She is one of five instructors onsite, not including subs. All of them specialize in the method's combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching, demonstrating how to leverage the body against a ballet barre for deeper holds. With small movements that shift each posture, they tighten traditional problem areas such as the seat, thighs, and water wings that have been stuck on arms since childhood. They also align each student's physique with hands-on corrections during class.
Each of Bikram Hot Yoga's two locations is led by certified instructors who have undergone more than 500 hours of training. These experts lead classic Bikram yoga classes in studios that have been heated to 105 degrees, which can help to flush toxins from the organs. Their students assume 26 poses, each of which is designed to tone a specific set of muscles, boost flexibility, and improve overall feelings of well-being.
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