Burn Personal Fitness Studio torches the obstacles present in many gyms, eschewing rooms full of daunting equipment and one-size-fits-all instruction. To help clients develop healthy habits for the long run, the studio specializes in personal and small-group training. This approach gives staffers plenty of time to dole out custom encouragement tailored to each exerciser’s specific fitness goals.
During personal-training sessions, certified fitness trainers draw up custom workouts for individual clients. In addition to monitoring the client's progress, the trainer puts on personalized master classes in how to most effectively carry out exercises, giving guests a skill set they can take with them long after the sessions end. In small-group classes, the trainers guide no more than six students through disciplines that range from calming yoga to energizing boot camps filled with cardio drills, weightlifting challenges, and body-weight exercises. Students take control of their workout, determining the pace of their training by selecting variations that accommodate their skill set, fitness level, and vestigial pterodactyl wings.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Infinite Bliss offers classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students, all based upon the kula, or chosen community of the heart, with Anusura—inspired techniques that connect body and spirit. Its Hatha-based yoga flow combines yoga asanas (postures) with breathing techniques to form introspective, individual-centered 75-minute exercise sessions, with special prenatal and Baby Bliss classes for expecting and accurately predictive mothers. Yoga beginners and students new to Infinite Bliss can arrive early or call to speak with an instructor for guidance on which classes to attend.
As a former Level 10 gymnast and University of Louisville cheerleader, Ashley Stratton has become a spokesperson for the physical and mental benefits of gymnastics. She hopes to pass the sport's character values—confidence, discipline, and a tenacious work ethic—on to children at Competitive Edge Gymnastics. With a coaching staff that includes nationally qualified judges and competitors, she leads classes, team programs, and clinics that challenge youngsters to build bodily awareness.
Ashley has outfitted the air-conditioned, 2,000 and 16,000-square-foot gyms with a wonderland of fun environments for kids, including circus silks suspended above sprung flooring and a foam pit that, unlike ball pits, does not invite bites from Pac-Man. Events such as Parents' Night Out allow guardians to drop their children off for a night of play, and classes for toddlers explore the parent-child bond to enhance motor skills.
The Gumby-like founder and executive director of YOGAmazing, Chaz, is a certified instructor with years of impressive experience under his yoga mat. From developing the globally successful YOGAmazing Video Podcast on iTunes to being recognized by Yoga Journal, Chaz incorporates his effervescent attitude and passion for life into all classes. His airy, spacious studio is geared toward students of all skill sets. The class schedule includes nighttime vinyasa-flow yoga, early morning hatha, and a special Wednesday session exclusively for Groupon passes (though your pass allows you to take any yoga class you choose). You can view the complete schedule here.
Before becoming one of Indiana's regional yoga champions and the third-ranked woman at the national yoga competition in New York, yogi and studio owner Ayanna Brown was out of shape and suffered from chronic asthma. One would never guess this after watching her elegantly execute Bikram Choudhury's 26 postures, but she didn't begin practicing yoga until a broken leg left her looking for a rehabilitation regimen that involved no pogo sticks. Though the extreme heat took its toll on her body and lungs during the first class, she kept at it, and has practiced six days a week ever since. Today, asthma free and leg in tact, she shares her passion for the heated yoga style with students of all experience and fitness levels in her own Southern Indiana studio.
At just 12 years old, studio owner Betsy Jones-Cooper stepped into her first yoga class accompanied by her mother, who, at the time, was a bit skeptical about the mind-body practice. As it turned out, yoga won over both mother and daughter. As an adult, she eventually discovered and fell in love with the Bikram style, a yogic variation that eventually inspired her to study directly under its founder Bikram Choudhury, complete a 500-hour certification program, and teach the 26-posture series at her very own studio. Over the next decade, her yoga interests expanded into other yoga traditions, including the more aerobic Vinyasa style, which links a continuous series of postures with mindful breaths, in addition to the active routines of Hot Fusion and Yoga Core. As she's expanded her classes, she's accumulated a team of passionate, fun-loving instructors and a database of more than 6,000 students.