Founded by filmmaker and radio personality Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, The Studio in Madison heats up yoga sessions in its Machinery Row Building locale, accented by exposed brick, soaring bay windows, and hardwood floors. The recently expanded space also offers showers and three new studio spaces, including a lake view from some. Balancing mind and body like a metaphysical unicyclist, classes at the flexodome focus on strength, stamina, and meditation respectively. First-timers enjoy two complimentary uses of the studio's mats before needing to purchase or rent their own, and all are welcome at regularly scheduled workshops and discussion sessions, which can cover topics from health and nutrition to marriage and parenthood.
The techniques that Lauren Birkel imparts to her trainers are the same ones she used on herself while preparing for and completing the rigorous Ironman World Championships in 2005 and 2011, as well as the France-held International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in 2007. With this history of achieving difficult goals, Birkel knows how to inspire students without commissioning a band of rabid coyotes to chase them while they run.
She and her many cotrainers use these thoroughly tested methods of motivation to push students toward healthier lives in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group training sessions. She decks out her indoor studios with all the necessary equipment for personal-training sessions and isn't afraid to lead all-outdoor boot-camp academies in the heat or rain.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in kinesiology exercise science, ACE-certified trainer and Fit Fun Bootcamps founder Dustin Maher designed MamaTone Fitness to help moms vanquish weight gain after childbirth. Inspired by his own mother—who cooked his siblings and him healthful meals but rarely had enough time to exercise—Maher strives to imbue his clients with the motivation to do both. Whether training new moms, moms-to-be, dads who had moms, or curiously fast sons whose moms found them in the middle of a Kansas corn field climbing out of a spaceship, his group classes and boot camps immerse participants in a full-body workout with moral support from neighboring exercisers.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
David Turner founded Yoga Eight with three goals in mind: accessible classes, a comfortable environment, and a student-focused practice. The result is a welcoming studio where experienced instructors with more than 200 hours of training each take their time to help students develop a meaningful practice, regardless of skill level. Yoga Eight's jam-packed schedule mixes challenging Ashtanga and athletic Vinyasa styles for a diverse regimen to challenge seasoned yogis and give beginners the building blocks of a serious yoga practice.
Helmed by Isthmus-lauded personal trainer Pat Gilles and featured on the NBC 15 News, Pat’s Gym helps athletes of all levels look and feel their best. Exercisers can gather for morning, evening, and weekend classes, in which a seasoned instructor shares muscle-sculpting moves and motivational air-guitar solos. Bolstered by sidekicks such as kettlebells and body-weight drills, Superhero workouts strengthen biceps and take vengeance upon calories. Total Body sessions pair boot-camp-style intervals with intense circuit training, cultivating mental toughness and thighs firmer than a mattress made of dictionaries. Customers can fend off injuries with sports-conditioning classes, which teach proper recovery techniques, and let go of embarrassing memories of forgetting the pets’ birthdays during yoga’s relaxing poses. In addition to running the gym and competing in Olympic-level sailing events, Pat Gilles creates how-to videos to help clients vary their workouts. The gym’s website also brims with other healthy-living tips, including nutrition pointers and step-by-step chewing instructions.