All About Yoga’s resident teacher Gabrielle Louise found that a heightened state of well-being, enhanced by yoga and meditation, brought her above the physical pain she experienced on a daily basis. Since then, she's practiced what's known as StressAce yoga, a modality whose movements and breath are patterned to trigger reflex responses not unlike those from childhood. These responses are what help the body and mind release deep stress and may result in sudden, unprovoked moments of joy, increased mental clarity and awareness, and an overall sense of balance, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The classes at Gabrielle's studio range from three yoga modalities to kriya meditation. She guides students through a variety of yoga poses and, in the process, shows them yoga's many benefits, including deep relaxation, boosted flexibility, increased body awareness, and increased overall physical wellness. In addition, she also taps into other Eastern arts, restoring balance and boosting memory with meditation, increasing peace of mind with gentle movements, and activating dormant happiness energies with focused poses.
MemFit Boot camp creates an atmosphere and workout routine that caters to clients of nearly any athletic condition. Participants sweat away fat and strengthen muscles doing pushups and crunches in the gym or condition outside in the fresh air alongside motivational peers, trainers, and woodland creatures. A series of ever-changing anaerobic and cardio workouts keeps participants both engaged and energized, helping each of them to reach their personal goals. Broken into six-week increments, boot camps are held in the early morning or evening to accommodate 9–5 schedules.
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.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening Shaolin kung-fu class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
MidSouth offers classes multiple times every day but Sunday, including doubly intense, half-hour "Power 30" sessions (all other sessions are 50 minutes). Mounted on a top-of-the-line Concept 2 rower and emboldened by the technical feedback and boisterous encouragement of your rowfittest instructors, you'll row your way into the flexing, chiseled realm of the Rowverse. With regular rowing, you can get as shredded as a block of cheese in a Mexican restaurant and ably equipped with boulder shoulders, promontory pecs, granite abs, and Grand Teton biceps. Best of all, it’s a low-impact, easy-on-the-joints workout that won't melt your knees or aggravate your ol' "hopscotch ankle."
Certified personal trainer Corey Klein sculpts clients into tiptop shape with customized, comprehensive workouts and expert lifestyle advice. Shape-shifters can attend an unlimited number of one-hour group classes, during which students conquer cardio technique, become wizards of weightlifting, and follow the age-old adage of “righty tighty, lefty loosy” to unscrew tight limbs. Group classes are currently held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m.–8 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m.–7 a.m.