At first sight, David Barton Gym might appear to be an art gallery or swank pad complete with pounded steel plating, leather-wrapped door handles, and weekly DJ sets, but a second glance reveals a 30,000-square-foot fitness haven overlooking the Chicago River. The designer gym is loaded with free weights, cardio machines, a group cycling studio, steam rooms, a Russian bath, and a studio for yoga class. Meet up with an experienced hardbody personal trainer and melt fat like a George Foreman grill with a barrage of pushups, sit-ups, or 20 minutes on the TV-topped elliptical machine. Renew your will from the on-site therapist from Delos Wellness and let them unkink the knots that prevent you from having the strength needed to throw a dictionary through a thicker dictionary.
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At Sobekick, a boutique boxing studio, wrapped-knuckle students wallop a partner’s punch pads, pummel punching bags, or high-kick invisible targets. Despite all of the aggression in the air, the atmosphere remains friendly as professional fighters and certified trainers help exercisers of all skill levels achieve their fitness goals. To do this, they use personal-training sessions, kickboxing routines, and "wildcard" workouts that could consist of hardcore cardio drills or sincere apologies to bruised punching bags. Sobekick slows things down with yoga classes and tones bodies with specialized classes designed to tighten abs and derrieres.
Pilate on the Beach's certified instructors utilize diverse exercise techniques to help students improve their posture, increase flexibility, and simultaneously strengthen and lengthen muscles. Flex-bots can take advantage of Allegro reformer machines in an intimate reformer class, where a maximum of six students are guided through a one-hour total-body workout (a $30 value/class), or get fit in group mat classes that involve a variety of core-conditioning, prop-wielding poses performed on the floor (a $20 value/class). Ballet-inspired sweat sessions integrate barre work with Pilates, yoga, and traditional resistance exercises, and are designed to burn calories while whittling limbs into lean renderings of wolves (a $20 value/class).
Green Monkey thrives as a yoga community. Across its three locations, instructors lead a variety of classes. Power yoga classes lead guests through dynamic poses, while meditation classes rely on breathing techniques and silent affirmations to quiet the mind. Instructors also hold frequent workshops, many of which teach specific skills such as handstands and inverted backbends.
Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but, more often, they are on the highest shelf, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon: $39 for five yoga classes at miami life center ($85 value). This holistic health retreat was voted Best Yoga Studio of 2008 by the Miami New Times and named one of the top 25 yoga studios around the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Though Synergy Pilates & Yoga has the spacious rooms, owner Charmaine Gordon keeps class-sizes small. This gives each participant focused attention from her team of trained instructors. Charmaine is a classically-trained Pilates instructor herself and has spent 20 years helping others stay fit, both at her Pilates and yoga studio, as well as at Synergy Women's Fitness, which she has owned and operated for 22 years with her husband, Rod.