Novelty shirts airbrushed with bikini-clad bodies provide the convincing, if temporary, illusion of fitness. Find a more permanent fitness solution with today's Groupon. For $45, you get five group circuit classes at Nomi Pilates, a $175 value. Your Groupon also gets you 50% off a $100 private session should you choose to partake (you can purchase it when you go to the studio). This North Miami boutique studio offers a range of classes aiming to reform the shape of your body, mind, and shadow.
Though no strangers to balmy temperatures, studio director Kristina Vecsesi and her fellow certified instructors credit Bikram's heated practice for fostering their personal journeys to health and wellness. Each 90-minute sweat session follows a 26-posture routine designed to warm and stretch muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the proper order. As the balancing and twisting postures increase strength and flexibility, the warm atmosphere helps limbs safely sink deeper into cobra impressions and expel harmful toxins through sweat. With dedicated practice, the Bikram yoga method has been known to help students regulate their body weight, relieve stress, improve circulation and digestion, and restore 20/20 vision to the third eye.
When not sweating onscreen in workouts for MTV and the TV Guide channel, Justin helps students of all shapes and sizes achieve stronger, leaner bodies with the aid of the Pilates Reformer machines at his studio. A system of ropes, springs, and pulleys, the reformer machines pit students against their own body weight to create resistance-based exercises. Students work their way toward lean and flexible physiques while improving their balance and posture and decreasing tension. Leading semiprivate classes, Justin can ensure each participant is executing correct technique and not pocketing any reformer machines for home use.
Built on the scientific foundations of whole-body vibration, the Power Plate at Power Fit Studios can grant bodies such benefits as improved muscle tone, increased circulation, and higher bone density. When combined with exercise and a reasonable amount of rocket fuel, sessions spent atop the platform can speed users’ fitness goals. The studio also supports clients' inner and outer well-being with more traditional approaches, including Zumba, burlesque, and chakra-meditation classes as well as a range of soothing spa services.
Three yogis—Arianne, Michelle, and Ruslan—try to provide their students with as many paths to healing as there are yoga positions. The culmination of their work, Trio Yoga, helps people achieve their emotional, mental, and physical goals through nutritional and life coaching, massage therapy, and yoga classes. A team of yoga teachers offers 20 varieties of yoga that range from the fluid and rhythmic Shanti yoga to the low-impact dynamic Hatha, which incorporates longer poses to help improve balance and flexibility. Trio Yoga also offers Thai bodywork and AcroYoga, which incorporates acrobatics, yogic and fitness drills, and exercises. For an assisted healing process, therapists conduct acupuncture and deep-tissue massage to relieve muscle pain and remove the blockages in energy flow caused by swearing off TV.
When Kristina Bauer—a yoga veteran with 20 years of experience and 1,000 classes under her mat—opened Yoga Synergy Spa, she wanted to create a space that felt more like a home than a gym or a corporate chain. Today, her studio glows with her own homemade candles while yogis lead guests through various styles of yoga, including heated Vinyasa flow, Hatha yoga for all levels, and a class that invites kids and their parents to stretch together. In addition to its group session, the studio embraces its spa side with massage therapy that complements Kristina’s pursuit of peacefulness in the same way that playing Marco Polo can add a little fun to a shark attack. An on-location retail shop stocks yoga mats, homemade natural soaps, and veggie candles.