Radiating at a balmy 104 degrees with 35% humidity, Heat Yoga Studio is an ideal place to sweat out toxins or thaw TV dinners. The studio plays host to one-hour classes that begin with seated positions and flow into standing poses, backbends, and other asana that challenge students to find a balance between effort and ease. As instructors coach students through sequences, they emphasize pranayama, or breathing, in order to optimize circulation and focus. The classes are suitable for students of all levels.
Orangetheory Fitness, which was featured in the New York Times, has been touted by founder Ellen Latham as a new and effective plateau-busting workout. During 60-minute sessions, participants can burn up to 900 calories. Backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness utilizes heart-rate monitored training that's designed to keep heart rates in a target zone to stimulate metabolism and increase energy.
The Latham-designed studios are filled with treadmills, rowing machines, suspension-training straps, and free weights. Using this equipment, her program relies on intense fitness-plateau-busting activity combined with fatigue-level strength training to boost heart rates over 85% for 12 to 20 minutes. One 60-minute workout might come in several 10–30 minute chunks devoted to a different cardiovascular or muscle-building exercise, helping attendees jumpstart their metabolisms while burning up to 900 calories—or roughly one chocolate-covered ham—per session.
For more than 26 years, the fitness experts at Push Pedal Pull have shared their knowledge with customers purchasing new and used muscle-pumping equipment. The staff happily equips exercisers with brawn-building devices for home, commercial, and hovercraft-based gyms, such as treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights from brands including Precor, Everlast, and Spri. Push Pedal Pull’s refurbished selection of used equipment from health clubs and commercial fitness facilities rotates regularly, stocking workout rooms for discounted prices. Manufacturer-certified equipment technicians repair malfunctioning equipment according to manufacturer standards and stock spare parts in the store to speed up repairs so customers can return to running, lifting, and astrally projecting as soon as possible.
John Unverzagt has studied the value of hard work and exercise throughout his life, from earning a varsity letter as captain of his high school swim team to coaching local baseball, track, and volleyball teams. Now, he runs Fitness Together to share those same lessons with others through his personal-training programs. John and his fellow trainers coach clients one-on-one or in small groups, combining three different programs to maximize results. The cross-muscular resistance-training philosophy of the Aspire 8 program build strength while encouraging continued results through workout variation. Interval and tempo workouts from the Cardio Together program are also tossed into the mix alongside the Nutrition Together program's meal planning and nutritional education.
Under the tutelage of Energy Dance Center's skilled instructors, groovers and twirlers ages 1–18 can actively engage in the art of dance. Tots and toddlers in the Rising Stars Summer Sessions I and II can work on coordination and basic motor skills during the Creative Movement class ($50) or try ballet and tap ($55). Young gents ages 4 and up can perfect moves at the Boys-Only Hip-Hop class ($55). Session I's Ballet, Jazz, and Tap classes for ages 5–7, 7–9, and 9–11 (all $68) use positive reinforcement to build graceful boogying skills, while Session II's Recreational Hip-Hop classes for 5- to 8-year-olds ($55), 9- to 12-year-olds ($55), and kids 13 and up ($55) inspire students to break out into spontaneous pop-and-lock routines during family road trips.
Before switching on lasers or breaking out the chemical peels, the certified laser technicians and nurses at Gr8Skin MedSpa take a close look at their clients’ skin and work to figure out the best correct treatment plan. Visia complexion analysis relies on digital photography to evaluate pores, pigmentation, wrinkles, and patches of skin that turn out to be CGI. Following the complimentary consultation, experts get to work fading wrinkles with Botox injectables, reducing rosacea using elos technology, and disappearing unruly hairs with a laser. Additionally, the staff shows its support of breast-cancer research by offering patients and survivors a complimentary facial.
Together, Jose Lara and Amara Kamara wrack up 25 years of experience in fitness and rehabilitative fields. At Boot Camp MSP, they funnel that wealth of exercise and physiological knowledge into heart-blasting, muscle-busting workouts. Unlike regular gyms, where exercisers are liable to inhale recycled air or errant medicine balls, Boot Camp MSP gets exercisers into the great outdoors, holding each session in either Nelson Park or Elm Creek Park Reserve. They combine this outdoor body blast with nutritional seminars led by a licensed dietician.
Though their mission is to whip their clients into shape, their methodology is a relaxed one. “If it is not fun, then don’t do it,” says Amara. “For me, making you laugh at loud during your session is one of the many [things] I love about this job.”