Inspired by the German Turnverein associations of the early 19th century, the Milwaukee Turners first came together in the mid 1800s, gaining their charter from the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1855. In 1882, the group constructed Turner Hall, and the building has housed the organization and its stockpiles of sweatbands ever since. Over the decades, the hall has welcomed in visitors with a mission to help them create sound bodies and minds.
Though they derive their name from ?Turnen,? the German word for gymnastics, the Milwaukee Turners teach visitors much more than just how to lasso a pommel horse. In addition to the gymnastic school, the organization schedules classes for yoga. Their rock-climbing wall's top ropes take climbers up 26 feet where they practice climbing or belaying techniques. To strengthen minds, the Turners lead meetings such as the 4th Street Forum, which discusses issues crucial to the community, and host concerts within the Turner Hall Ballroom.
Now a national landmark, Turner Hall echoes the organization's rich history. Sprung from the mind of famed architect Henry H. Koch, the building's design includes an Italianate fa?ade crafted with Cream City brick and panoramic paintings that make visitors think they're trapped inside a cartoon. The venue boasts a beer hall and two-story ballroom, making it an ideal locale for special occasions.
Dean Farrell believes that anyone can enjoy the benefits of yoga practice. After building a large base of private clients in the Milwaukee area, he opened Yoga Ward–a bright, clean spacious studio that boasts exposed Cream City brick. Here, Farrell guides students of all levels through body-limbering poses while balanced atop colorful mats on polished hardwood floors. He and his staff offer a wide range of Vinyasa-based classes including Vinyasa Groove and Detox Flow, in which instructors boost the temperature to relax muscles, flush out toxins, and melt away the mini snowmen hiding from the sun in your pockets. Through it all, Farrell upholds his mission of providing a warm and non-intimidating environment for people of all backgrounds and levels to explore mind, body, and soul.
A shared passion in fitness brought The Barre Code's co-founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin together in 2009 to form a unique boutique studio crafted around women's fitness. After years of independently choreographing workouts, the duo joined forces to form The Barre Code ?formerly Barre Bee Fit? a fitness program dedicated to crafting workout regimens around the Barre Code mantra. Since 2010, the pair have been teaching classes that uphold the Barre Code's mantra and promote cardiovascular conditioning, strength-training, and restoration.
In a short time, The Barre Code has expanded from a small studio space to a national franchise which includes multiple locations throughout the U.S. Workouts center around the ballet barre and feature stamina-building exercises that help rapidly build stronger arms, abs, thighs, and glutes. New routines are available each week and classes that include kickboxing, high-intensity interval training, yoga, and dance continually evolve to keep up with fitness innovations. Participants can also count on instructors to regularly introduce new props and moves to keep them interested and seeing results.
It’s tough to get stressed out at ZenZen Yoga Arts. Not only does the bright, white-walled studio radiate relaxation, visitors can take part in aerial-yoga classes which move traditional yoga poses off the ground and into blue silk hammocks hanging from the ceiling. The classes use gravity and bodyweight to help students sink deeper into the stretches, to relieve pressure from the spine, and to offer a relaxing feeling of weightlessness.
In addition to the aerial classes, owner Therese Bailey leads guests in energizing hatha yoga classes, drawing on more than a decade of yoga practice throughout. She also helps guests heal and relax with bodywork therapy that draws on natural energies to stimulate healing in the body’s immune system, circulation, and batteries.
As a former professional MMA fighter and seasoned personal trainer, Adam Von Rothfelder, owner of Drench Fitness Boutique, knows how much dedication and sweat go into a truly effective workout. That's why he takes care to add a personal touch when working with each client?leading a team of trainers with advanced fitness certifications in developing custom personal-training programs. Group classes also help students sculpt muscles and shed pounds by blending boxing or strength training with intensive cardio-interval training. TRX equipment, kettlebells, and Woodway Curve treadmills enhance exercise sessions.
Followers of ayurvedic and yogic philosophies believe that the human body is governed by pranas, or energy centers. The term samana, which founder Beth Hope used to name her practice, is the specific prana that equalizes and balances physical systems. Beth draws from her personal history to fashion services that help restore physical and spiritual equilibrium. Beth's journey to becoming a yoga instructor began at age 17, when she first studied Indian culture and philosophy. She studied Ashtanga yoga with its founder, Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois, and developed her own style that incorporates breathing exercises, mantras, and sacred songs to facilitate transformation for clients and stressed caterpillars.
Beth creates a space where people can feel comfortable receiving alternative therapies and medicines. Along with a team of trained massage therapists she runs yoga, kirtan, reiki, and Thai massage sessions to empower people to lead more healthy and balanced lives.