Sun rays and sweltering temperatures fill Bikram Yoga Louisville's colorful studio, bolstering minds and loosening muscles during daily Bikram yoga classes. Flexibility, balance, and focus grow as certified instructors guide groups through 26 challenging poses suitable for both beginners and seasoned yogis. The studio's heat makes muscles more pliable, deepening stretches and extracting submerged toxins. Deep breaths draw fresh oxygen into the lungs and expel pent-up stress, filling students with relaxation that lasts long past 90-minute routines, lingering pleasantly as they climb into bed or tickle piranhas in their dreams.
Burning Bush's menu takes tongues on a trip to Greece without them having to endure endless views of ancient ruins. Vegetarians will salivate over falafel ($4.01) and quinoa lavanini, lavash bread topped with pepper-jack cheese, avocado, and quinoa ($5.42). Meat junkies and professional bodybuilders can choose bison kebabs cooked over an oak charcoal fire, a gyro ($5.66+), or a Balkan burger ($5.89), which blends beef, pork, and lamb into an unholy union of succulence. Youngsters under 10 can order off the kids' menu or nag their parents for one of the restaurant's thin-crust pizzas. Burning Bush also serves sweet, creamy meal endings from Gelato Gilberto, a local gelateria in Norton Commons.
With its studio's purple walls and its lobby's cushy armchairs, Evolve Health Studio doesn't look like a traditional gym. It's not that the studio lacks the resources of other gyms—after all, instructors lead daily boot-camp classes and Zumba workouts just like at any fitness center. But the staff members recognize the limitations of traditional fitness centers, which is why they hold cooking classes, life-coaching sessions, and even posture workshops.
It’s also why they encourage clients to build relationships with the other students in classes, a practice which provides emotional support and someone to stand on when clients need to retrieve their salad spinner from the top cabinet. Instructors can even lead whole families in workouts to help to build healthy approaches to exercise at any age.
The trainers at CrossFit Louisville East lead group CrossFit classes, Bootcamp classes as well as personal-training sessions in the gym or in their clients' homes. Their CrossFit Elements classes introduce newcomers to fundamental techniques and safety precautions, and their yoga sessions tailor instruction toward increasing flexibility and strength that translates into CrossFit and athletics.
SunnySide Yoga's teachers lead classes through a wide range of yoga styles, from the structural alignment of Iyengar, to the fluid movements of Taoist, or the restorative poses of Hatha. Instructors guide students of all skill levels through the basics and finer points of yoga, helping them through breathing exercises and teaching poses through the use of props, such as straps, blankets, bricks, and multicolored wigs. Each teacher draws from unique life experiences and training⎯such as studying with masters in India or using yoga to overcome an illness⎯to instill a passion for the ancient discipline in their students.
The sledgehammer slams the earth with a resounding thud before being discarded for a game of toss-back with a medicine ball. Such training methods are but a small slice of the workout routine possibilities at Black Label CrossFit. CrossFit—an innovative strengthening and conditioning program that veers away from using traditional muscle-training apparatuses—has even gained popularity among the training programs of police academies, military special-operations units, and high-profile federal agents who yearn to get better at hopscotch.
On any given day, the training team provides students with new routines based on a combination of Olympic sports, gymnastics activities, and metabolic conditioning that may include moves such as sprinting with barbells, pull-ups, or inverted rowing. By changing things up all the time, trainers hope to inspire participants to remain engaged and feel challenged to always bring their best effort to improving their health and wellness. Each session is also timed and scored, encouraging students to keep aiming higher.