Core Athletic helps clients overhaul their lifestyles with the aid of group classes, small-group training, and a roster of certified instructors who strive to provide safe, fun, and effective fitness routines. The month of unlimited group classes grants eager exercisers access to a variety of 60-minute instructor-led sessions that fill a schedule of mornings, evenings, weekends, and time-travel-triggered temporal fluctuations. Yoga classes stretch the limbs and soothe the mind; Zumba fuses energetic Latin-dance rhythms to a calorie-burning cardio workout; and Turbo Kick solders together kickboxing moves with aerobic energy to punch through workout plateaus and awaken the dormant cage fighters that slumber in everyone's biceps. Small-group training teams a maximum of four clients with one instructor, who leads their pupils through custom workouts that emphasize strength and conditioning with dynamic exercises like side planks, weightlifting, and lunges ($40/class).
Michaela Torcaso, the owner and CEO of Tibia Healing Center, couldn't decide what the world needed more—inner or outer peace—so she decided to give it both. The former begins its incubation in the massage school, where aspiring massage therapists spend 675 hours training for their certification. From there, calm is channeled through graduates' hands and into the minds and muscles of the clients of the Tibia Healing Center, where myriad modalities address everything from injury to stress from trying to balance a checkbook on one's nose.
When she's not planting the seeds of inner peace in her clients, Tibia's owner is spreading it outwards through her nonprofit, Creating a Peaceful World, which volunteers healing bodywork services to individuals including the families of murder victims and charity participants. Torcaso also offers scholarships to aspiring massage therapists who need financial assistance to pursue their education.
The club keeps visitors fit with group exercise classes, personal training, and aquatic activities in indoor and outdoor pools. Specific classes vary by location, though each hosts cycling, yoga, and Pilates. The 24-hour Harbor location caters to muscles with 160 classes per week, including youth classes in swimming, sports, and ballet.
Honored as one of Madison Magazine's Best Yoga Centers in 2009, Inner Fire Yoga earns acclaim by kindling students’ desires to de-stress in an eco-friendly studio staffed by experienced instructors. Running from the early morning on into the evening, seven days a week, a sprawling schedule of heated yoga classes allows pupils of all skill levels to blossom into slender yogis flexible enough to stowaway in carry-on guitar cases. Leisurely paced Introduction to Yoga sessions focus on explaining and demonstrating postures. Waves of heat limber up muscles so they can glide through Power Flow yoga's challenging sequences, which include Vinyasa flows and targeted core fortification. Uplifting music heralds the union of mind, body, and spirit during the intermediate class.
Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
Every Friday, Bliss Flow Yoga hosts a happy hour yoga class that accompanies poses with healthy pastries and mocktinis. It’s all part of the comfortable, beginner-friendly environment created by owner Angela Gargano, whose work has been featured in the press by the likes of the New York Times and the Wisconsin State Journal. Angela heads a staff of supremely qualified and certified instructors, each of who boasts a minimum of 200 hours of training. Together, Angela and the Bliss Flow team distribute their talents across a packed schedule, which includes daily classes and a weekly Basics Class designed specifically for newcomers.