After years of working at a "globo gym," Marty Pajek and Kyle Eshleman decided to provide a better route to fitness than routine cardio and strength training. At Crooked River CrossFit, they join two other certified coaches in teaching functional, constantly varied CrossFit classes. The classes begin with aerobic activity and instruction to proper form, and then students take off on a high-intensity workout that may include lifting heavy objects and moving large loads.
With its hardwood floors and brick walls, Title Boxing Club could be a cozy living room—it weren't for the rows upon rows of punching bags. The fitness center's group workouts focus on boxing and kickboxing; boxing sessions hinge on a series of three-minute bag rounds, and kickboxing sessions cover classic maneuvers, including roundhouses and back kicks. Personal-training sessions offer more one-on-one attention, with workouts tailored to the client's individual needs.
Under the encouraging guidance of 200-hour-certified yoga instructor Latia Phillips-Bey, yogis of all abilities hone their practice in Hatha– and Vinyasa–style classes. Latia's knowledge of anatomy is particularly helpful during beginning-level Hatha yoga sessions, during which establishing proper alignment of the mind, body, and spirit in the fundamental yoga postures acclimates new students to the art. Once students have grasped the basics, Latia teaches them how to hold the postures for longer periods of time during intermediate yoga, or she'll guide them as they attempt the more athletic Vinyasa style, which, like the song "Vogue," builds muscle and flexibility with a continuous series of poses.
Each instructor of Nirvana Yoga has had her falling-in-love moment with yoga. Jessica Fill turned to the ancient art after a shoulder injury stopped her swimming career, Melissa Pilat found yoga a useful complement to her 18 years of ballet and modern dance, and Abra Goldman began practicing yoga to augment the fitness cultivated through her lifetime dedication to running. This band of experts leads fluid classes, drawing from the Baron Baptiste style of flowing from pose to pose in a manner that creates a rigorous, strength-building practice linking movement to breath. The team also teaches Power Vinyasa classes in an 88- to 90-degree studio, the warmth coddling muscles and helping to increase flexibility and release toxins. Jessica, Melissa, Abra, and company also impart fundamental postures in a pressure-free atmosphere during Power Yoga Basics held in a cooler studio, where they correct stances with hands-on adjustments, like science teachers who correct physics homework by actually becoming a human cannonball launched at a 45-degree angle.
Agni Yoga Studio's yoga instructors and therapists strive to create a safe, inclusive space that fosters personal transformation and growth through yoga, massage, and other holistic-therapy treatments. Vinyasa, Hatha, restorative, and athletic or challenging flow classes challenge both the body and the mind with physically demanding postures and meditative techniques that help practitioners calm even the most skittish spirit of animals?the sasquatch. Students seeking more individualized attention can bend and stretch in a private yoga therapy session, in which instructors adapt the practice to suit the client's needs. Further molding patrons into their peak form, massage therapists employ their own techniques to ease tension in muscles and minds.