Curves provides you with a complete cardio and strength training workout in just 30 minutes. With a system that can burn up to 500 calories and work every major muscle group, you get an efficient and effective workout every visit. It’s no wonder over 4 million women have chosen Curves to meet their health goals.
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.
Robbie Michelle Short holds three titles at Half Moon Yoga: owner, certified instructor, and spiritual chef. She tries to whip up "spiritual food" to accompany each of her lessons, dispensing sage quotations or morsels of philosophy that inspire her students. This emphasis on personal peace infuses the entire studio, where the curriculum incorporates a meditative element into numerous yoga disciplines. Teachers weave stories of serene imagery during Blissful Flow classes and segue from ashtanga's salutations to dynamic poses without sacrificing introspection. Their workshops—which include seminars for beginners and walking meditation through Aspen Grove Park—also balance the focus between physical and emotional training.
The studio accepts yoga students of all skill levels and supplies guests with the necessary props, mats, and sunglasses for auras that glow too brightly. In addition to their classes, the staff hosts a variety of energy treatments, from reiki to Indian champiassage—a soothing type of bodywork for the neck, back, and shoulders.
Xtend Barre's founder, Andrea Rogers, has traveled the world as a professional dancer, sharing the stage with celebrities such as Enrique Iglesias and Aaron Carter along the way. Once she slowed her pace a bit, a second career path emerged: fitness instruction. As a certified Pilates teacher, she witnessed how focused, floor-based isometrics could sculpt muscles as long and flexible as a dachshund doing a gymnastics routine. However, these exercises didn't always raise the heart rate enough to provide a cardiovascular workout. Disappointed, she began to experiment. Lo and behold, when the moves were flipped upright, she could pair them with dance elements, which solved the heart-rate problem and added a dose of excitement. Barre exercises from her ballet training became a staple of the routine, helping to stretch and strengthen the body from the inside out. In addition to burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be.
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.