Veterans and novices alike discover plenty of routes and challenges at Rockhaus Indoor Climbing Gym, where 12,000 square feet of bouldering, lead climbing, and top-roping areas create a wall-hugger's paradise replete with arêtes and cracks. After strapping on a harness and calibrating the belay device, climbers squeeze into a pair of shoes and begin dragging themselves toward a cloudy summit using the wall's colorful, candy-flavored studs. Hone complex moves and problem-solving skills in Rockhaus's bouldering area; or, if you enjoy vertical zipline rides, head over to the rappel ledge to practice free falling with a rope. Harnesses and belay devices are included in the deal, although customers will need to bring along their own shoes or rent a pair from Rockhaus ($3).
As standup paddleboarding has grown in popularity around the Salt Lake City area, Bear Lake Water Adventures has grown with it, expanding its collection of water equipment to accommodate those interested in exploring the emerging sport. From their outpost in Garden City, instructors outfit guests with standup paddleboards and kayaks, teaching them how to propel and maneuver their boards from standing, kneeling, or panicked fetal positions. Riders work their cores as they maintain balance, although boards are stable enough for seasoned riders to bring a dog along. Beyond lessons, Bear Lake's team members also rent and sell and standup paddleboards.
Owner and studio director Kristie Gidley oversees her staff of six instructors as they lead students of all skill levels during classes that vary in intensity to challenge newbies and seasoned pros. The studio’s schedule of fitness classes includes a large helping of Pilates Mat sessions, where students perform gently paced sequences of controlled exercises to strengthen their core and test the tensile strength of Spandex pants. During Pilates Barre classes, instructors incorporate isometric, dance-inspired exercises into a traditional Pilates regimen, ensuring a dynamic, whole-body workout. Also using the muscle-sculpting barre, Pure Ballet Barre sessions helps students develop core strength and maintain the perfect posture of a coat rack. Combining cardiovascular activity with strength training, Total Body Conditioning sessions use sweat-inducing bursts of plyometric exercises to build muscle tone. In addition to fitness classes, The Pilates Body also reinvigorates appearances with UV-free airbrush tanning services, which imbue skin with the sun-kissed hue of a Grecian urn in a greenhouse.
Propulsion Pilates' instructors rely on the familiar Pilates contraptions that fill most studios, but they alter the time-tested workout regimen by incorporating it into a more modern style of circuit training. They combine sequences on the Reformer, Tower, and Wunda Chair with occasional cardio exercises and kettlebell work, creating challenging sessions that manage to refine technique while bolstering strength and flexibility. To keep classes teetering on the cuttingest of edges, the instructors attend at least two Pilates workshops every year to update their mental cache of fitness tricks, but they always leave a little disappointed that a flying Reformer machine appears to be at least another six months off.
The certified instructors at 12th Street Fitness motivate their clients with an ever-changing workout of the day, which keeps exercises from getting monotonous and weeds out any cardboard cutouts masquerading as real humans. Within their 5,500-square-foot, open-floor-plan gym space, they fit this workout into boot-camp sessions and group fitness classes. Each boot-camp class follows an exercise circuit through the gym's equipment, which includes weight-training gear, treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. For a more personalized fitness experience, instructors also provide one-on-one personal training and nutrition counseling.
Merpati Putih is an ancient Indonesian practice that combines fitness, breathing exercises, meditation, and self-defense. Highly trained instructors Nate and Mike Zeleznick’s passion and respect for the martial art have culminated in MP USA. At the accredited Merpati Putih martial-arts school, they pass on these skills in classes for children and adults of any fitness level, drawing from their work with high-ranking Merpati Putih specialists. Beyond teaching technical skills, sessions for adults focus on overall fitness and bolstering the connection between mind and body, and kids’ classes impart values such as self-confidence, manners, and responsibility. The Zeleznicks also arm women with the tools to defend themselves in self-defense classes.