Learning2Fly?s founder Sumya Anani believes that all conscious movement leads one further down the path to empowerment. It is this philosophy that led Anani to become a registered yoga teacher, massage therapist, personal trainer, and four-time world boxing champion. After travelling the country to train under several top aerialists, she now strives to inspire others through her curriculum?which includes aerial yoga and trapeze?that stirs up self-awareness, discipline, and perseverance.She teaches techniques to all skill levels through introductory classes including aerial basics, aerial classes for kids and teens, and beginning silks for women 50+. Similarly, aerial camps immerse participants in the body-bending skills required to master her artful form of fitness. While clients maneuver in suspended grace, her trained instructors also teach floor-bound boxing and Hatha yoga classes, which boost the flexibility and strength of those who are afraid of heights or making their pet emu jealous.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises—each with modifications—into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
Though the exercise equipment at Gold’s Gym beeps and whistles just outside the Ringside Fitness boxing classroom, the focus of Ringside’s students is set on the punching bags before them. Over the thwack of fists and feet hitting the bags, an instructor calls out instruction and motivation, drawing insight from years of training and experience in the ring.
On other days, it’s professional boxers or martial-arts experts lead students through techniques and conditioning exercises. In addition to Ringside’s training classes, the instructors conduct lessons dedicated to self-defense, competition tactics, and how to punch pizza dough to make a crisp, flaky crust.
Owner Scott Lofquist and his team of trainers welcome professional athletes and first-time lifters alike at CrossFit I35. Their only requirement is that you never say, "I can't." They focus on high-intensity strength-training regimens while emphasizing functional technique, which prepares patrons for effortlessly scaling flights of stairs or carrying a sumo wrestler back home after a night of hard partying. Their sessions cover strength-building workouts from the perennially popular kettlebell sessions to the extreme muscular challenge of Olympic lifting exercises. With ever-changing routines, the trainers help patrons battle workout boredom and sculpt more chiseled physiques.
At 9 Round Mission, nine is the magic number. The boxing and kickboxing gym provides a full-body, trainer-assisted workout in 30 minutes using nine different workout stations, all of which were developed by a professional fighter. The first two stations are dedicated to strength training. At the next six stations, members strike 100-pound heavy bags and speed bags, rather than taking out their aggression on defenseless duffel bags. The ninth station is dedicated to strengthening members' cores.
In addition to this varied workout, members can take advantage of 9 Round's nutrition program.
Enamored with holistic healing from a young age, Inner Wisdom's owner Billie Tobin, along with a dedicated team of trained staffers, customizes wellness services aiming to detoxify any harmful impurities while balancing clients' minds, bodies, and spirits. During the one-hour massage, psyches can drift off into a peaceful place as a trained massage guru employs modalities from one of four techniques, including prenatal or lymphatic muscle-kneads. The Swedish massage pampers sinews with long, soothing strokes, and the deep-tissue treatment zeroes in on specific points of concerns with firm pressure, relieving knotted backs and unwinding sore shoulder blades tightly corseted together.