Many women feel intimidated by going to the gym. To combat that, the staff at LOA Fitness for Women has created a club that caters exclusively to females and their individual needs and goals. Members can build endurance and camaraderie during group classes, which include Zumba, spinning, and Pilates. And rather than draw bicep lines on their arms with a magic marker, exercisers can tone their muscles on Nautilus equipment. The gym also helps members better their health through nutrition seminars helmed by founder Delaine Kansol.
Stephen "Skip" Wolfram attended his first Bikram yoga class out of desperation. After a 1989 surfing accident fractured a vertebrae and left Skip with chronic hip and back pains, he consulted multiple physicians, regularly attended physical therapy, and sought any rehabilitation method that promised relief. Still, the pains persisted. In 1997, he decided to try Bikram yoga and was overjoyed to discover how much better he felt afterward, both mentally and physically. On that day Skip became a dedicated yogi, eventually becoming an instructor and founding Bikram Yoga Longwood.
At the studio, instructors help students of all skill and fitness levels deepen their practice and pursue their goals. Each 90-minute class consists of the same two breathing exercises, the 26 classic asanas, and the world's three best knock-knock jokes. The established sequence of deep twists and bends systematically engages muscle groups while pushing freshly oxygenated blood throughout the entire body. The intensely heated studio space further increases circulation and loosens muscles. Over time, Bikram yoga can help strengthen limbs and cores, improve flexibility, hone mental focus, and promote a sense of general balance and wellbeing.
As owner, cosmetologist, and hair specialist, Lisa Cowan not only hopes to make visitors to Enlighten Salon feel utterly at home, she wants to make sure they turn heads when they walk out. After chatting and getting to know clients, Lisa sets out performing the same hair-reanimating services that she deploys to ready people for photo-shoots, including applying highlights.
Serenity Now Yoga centers anxious minds and forges substantial mind-body connections for students of all skill levels during yoga classes in a variety of modalities. Sprinkled throughout the studio's weekly schedule, gentle beginners sessions banish stressful thoughts and recurring nightmares by giving patient instructors the opportunity to introduce fundamental poses at a slower pace while imparting invaluable deep-breathing techniques. The Vinyasa Flow class challenges experienced students with sequences of vigorously transitioning poses that occasionally incorporate headstands, handstands, and kickstands, honing the unwavering focus needed to maintain balance during a staring competition. To ease withheld tension in the body's canvas of connective tissues, the Yin Yoga class loosens tightly spooled muscles and opens inflexible joints with deep stretches and mindful breathing.
At iBoot Camp Orlando, exercisers don’t have to fret with complicated gym equipment or exercises to lose weight. Instead, nationally certified trainer Rich Massa opts for functional movements such as push-ups, sit-ups, jumping, and flipping oversize tires end over end across the state of Iowa. Though difficult, the classes are made easier with the support from other exercisers and Massa’s upbeat, encouraging “Champmaker” persona.
As the upbeat music begins, exercisers take their spots at their individual stations. Some grab weights, others bosu balls, but regardless, they're all ready to work out together. This is the Body Blitz class at Revitalize Life Inc, one of the center's two high-energy group workout classes. But the center's trainers aren't satisfied with simply getting clients in shape; they also want to help people achieve their goals in other areas of their lives. That's why the trainers also offer life coaching, sessions of which might cover everything from developing motivation tactics and overcoming fears to improving personal relationships.