Located in a former coffee house where a young Bob Dylan once performed, Your Yoga invites yogis of all experience and fitness levels to hone their mind-body practice in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Building upon the belief that yoga should be accessible for everyone, the dedicated and certified instructors focus on Vinyasa-flow classes that are open to all skill levels. The sunny, loft-like practice space, maintained at 80 degrees with 35%–40% humidity, helps warm muscles so that they safely sink to deep, healing stretches. Among the 20 classes open to yogis of all experience levels is a dedicated beginners' class on Sundays. A teacher training program is also available. All necessary equipment is included, so students only need to bring a positive attitude and a sheep with which to dry off after class is over.
CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.
But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.
When John Richardson was teaching 4-year-olds how to kick a soccer ball during a preschool class, it may not have been immediately obvious that this was a career opportunity. However, the recommendations from parents after that initial class snowballed across the Minneapolis area and Richardson soon found himself coaching more sessions and introducing kids to more types of sports. Today, Revolutionary Sports has grown into a team of 50 coaches who lead classes and camps for an array of ages and ability levels. Among its many duties, the staff teaches youngsters how to shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, spike a volleyball, and weave football flags into umbrellas.
Running on a treadmill and blasting through the same reps over and over again can become monotonous. But at Knockout Bodies, the enthusiastic instructors focus on making working out fun. They help gals of all fitness levels chisel rock-solid bodies in alternative fitness classes, which range from pole dancing to kickboxing to Zumba. In pole-fitness classes, they help ladies develop core and upper-body strength as they sensually twist and turn around poles. They also lead high-energy kickboxing classes that motivate students to tone muscles as they learn basic self-defense moves to take down assailants or large stuffed animals that look like assailants without the lights on. Students burn copious calories in Zumba classes, which set easy-to-follow aerobic dance moves to infectious Latin-inspired tunes. When not leading empowering classes, the instructors open the studio for parties to celebrate birthdays or bachelorette festivities.
Christine Jaques has developed routines for more than 300 athletes during her career as a certified personal trainer. At AX Fitness, her classes blend strength, cardio, and plyometric exercises, resulting in a brand of interval training that challenges the entire body. These sessions aren't just for sports nuts, though?her cardio boxing classes cater to fitness beginners, incorporating core training alongside traditional boxing jabs, dodges, and really hard punches. Cardio boxing classes are best suited for beginners and AX fitness classes are suited for intermediate to advanced students. Programs address goals from weight-loss to marathon prep. Christine incorporates interval training, functional movement, and sustainable fitness. Christine also modifies her routines each week, preventing boredom or plateaus.
Certified personal trainer Taylor considers himself a student of physical fitness. For more than 25 years, he has researched and experimented with countless exercises, diets, and retired Incredible Hulks. Today, at National Fitness Training Systems, he shares his findings with clients during boot-camp classes, personal-training sessions, and 28-day weight-loss challenges.