Pure Light Yoga's instructors emphasize self-discovery at their studio, encouraging students to experiment and develop a yoga practice that strikes the appropriate balance between physical exercise and introspection. To help accomplish this goal, they lead a diverse spread of classes that vary in their intensity and focus. Dynamic Vinyasa sessions follow seamlessly flowing asana sequences to strengthen muscles, and other, gently paced classes incorporate supportive props and modified poses into an accessible series of stretches that can improve flexibility over time. Regardless of each style's physical demands, the classes all share the singular goal of focusing students on the connections that exist between their minds, their bodies, and their vestigial tails.
The beat of international tunes pulses throughout the room as feet stomp the floor and arms slice through the air. Instructor Michelle Fisher guides students through calorie-burning Zumba classes, which are driven by the syncopated rhythm of Latin music. Fast-paced, synchronized dance moves, which are traditionally used to indicate that somebody is about to sing about moving to Hollywood, instead tone muscles and provide a solid cardio workout.
Founder Shannon Hudson developed the 30-minute circuit to be fast and challenging, with a pinch of hateful fun so participants stay engaged while getting ripped. The workout program includes a personal trainer who will provide guidance through stages that include jump rope, speed bag, heavy bag, and more. By combining the best functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit-training regimens into one beast of a workout, the 9Round training program places a great deal of emphasis on results, just like the retired Keebler elves that now live inside Scantron machines.
Clanging weights and whirring bikes have unendingly echoed throughout Kraze Fitness and American Martial Arts Academy since 1998, when the 24-hour gym first opened its doors as 24/7 Fitness. With the help of the facility’s ultramodern fitness and strength-training equipment, the personal trainers enthusiastically motivate clients to drop pounds and lead healthier lifestyles without the hassle of transplanting their brains into fitter bodies. The club is run by an MMA black belt, who shows his stuff in martial-arts classes for youths and adults. Intense cross-training sessions incorporate Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and kettlebell drills, and rhythmic Latin beats underscore energetic Zumba classes, providing an upbeat alternative to meditative yoga classes and cathartic kickboxing sessions.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.