Daniele Ferrara Jarman was drawn to the playful inversions and tranquility of yoga after her career as a gymnast. This led her to first create and found Exhale Yoga Studio, then later the Ignite Yoga Center with Agnes Tengerdy. They view Ignite as a center that promotes holistic healing and strengthening through fluid yoga classes and chakra therapy. Classes range in intensity in order to accommodate yogis of all levels, including kids’ classes, beginning yoga that introduces the foundational moves, and Yoga Dynamics Advanced, a rigorous practice that keeps bodies moving, like a jogger who has stumbled onto a golf driving range.
Ignite Yoga Center also offers Yin Yoga with Chakra Therapy created by Agnes Tengerdy, an innovative class that combines Yin yoga’s deep stretches and colored lights that activate the body’s chakras. Guests breathe deeply and slowly to create a centered, relaxed state of mind, as the lights stimulate individual chakras to create a balance of mind, body, spirit, and rave.
Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10?60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface such as the top of Danny DeVito's head.
After working hard for 10 weeks, Take it to the Max clients might not recognize their own reflections. Former 10-week challenge participants have lost enough weight to look like entirely new people. That's because the program doesn't focus strictly on fitness—though team-building cardio and strength classes are a large part of it—it also incorporates nutrition and motivation.
To create healthier diets, participants learn which foods are truly nutritious and "clean," as well as how to measure serving sizes even when the measuring wall in the house is all filled up with the heights of the kids. To help clients maintain the drive to exercise and avoid unhealthy food, the program's coaches teach motivational techniques and encourage participants to support each other.
Within Hills Fit, exercisers embark on transcontinental rides without ever leaving the comfort of Livingston. Their stationary sojourns begin atop the fitness studio's fleet of high-tech indoor cycling bikes, which come equipped with clips on the pedals, no-slip handlebars, and water bottle-holders. Calibrated for both beginning and advanced riders, spin classes send participants over simulated hills and flatlands on rides synced with the tunes that bump from the studio's sound system. All workouts unfold within the fitness studio, a cozy, boutique-like space with flourishes including pristine hardwood floors and wall-length mirrors.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
Energy surges through Powerflow Yoga, in the sunbeams that pour through its windows and the bodies that bend beneath its recessed lights. Here, experienced instructors guide yogis of all levels toward tranquility in balmy temperatures that help loosen tight muscles, oust pent-up toxins, and melt cheese wheels for after-class fondue parties. Overhead fans circulate fresh air, which students inhale during deep-breathing exercises that focus the mind and invigorate the body. During hot Powerflow Vinyasa classes, the group practices arm balances and inversions, which can be modified to accommodate injuries or challenge advanced students. Shaped by several teaching traditions, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Jivamukti, this class showcases yoga’s power to hone bodily alignment and cultivate inner peace. Warm Yin sessions provide a calming counterpoint with lengthy poses that gently stretch the connective tissues. After class, students can retire to the changing rooms, where showers await to whisk away sweat beads.