At Girasole Yoga On Central, there's something for everyone—really. Yoga enthusiasts and newbies can try everything from gentle chair yoga to more fast-paced Vinyasa, Hyp-Yoga - a combination of hypnotic meditation and vinyasa, Kundalini styles, and weight-loss classes. Alternatively, Zumba classes help participants move and shake away calories to the beat of fun, Latin-inspired dances. At monthly workshops such as Yoga 101, participants can learn all the fundamentals necessary to enter their first class confidently and without hiring someone to hold their hand. In an effort to promote more community participation, the team also offers donation-based classes and events.
A forest of 10 stainless-steel, 20-foot-tall poles glimmers beneath the red, green, and blue stage lights of Dollhouse Pole Dance Studio, but the truly captivating sight is the dancers—strong and limber silhouettes that twist, turn, and glide gracefully up and down. Amid the 2,000-square-foot studio’s plum walls and sprung hardwood dance floors, seasoned instructors lead students of all sizes and experience levels through a variety of pole-dancing classes and comprehensive workshops, varying the focus from technique to fitness to flexibility. The studio also hosts parties, where guests sip complimentary champagne in the chic front lounge before enjoying a private pole-dancing lesson. After lessons, partygoers convene in the studio’s changing room, where private stalls and mirrors enable ladies to primp hair, put on makeup, or change into matching banana suits in preparation for a night out.
Uppercut Boxing Gym offers an old-school boxing-gym vibe amid top-notch facilities. The classes, which include necessary equipment and boxing gear, help students boost self-confidence and full-body fitness while honing techniques. After a mandatory introductory class, students will have six more classes with the skilled staff of piñata-pummeling instructors, who will teach participants how to properly pound glib potatoes into deliciously mashed goodness. Acting as reinforcement for the jabs, uppercuts, and crafty pants-pulling is a one-month membership, which includes unlimited access to weights, gym equipment, and everything else the gym has to offer.
Shift's four defining factors lie in its name, an acronym that stands for Supportive, Holistic, Informational, Functional Therapies. These elements coalesce into an approach designed to not only keep the body healthy, but maintain that health while preventing future injuries. The result is an approachable, safe environment where seasoned instructors host gentle yoga classes, therapists provide restorative massage, and bodies set into motion with high-energy social dancing sessions.
Aerial stuntman, fire performer, and didgeridoo player—certainly not positions you’d expect to find on a résumé. But for Justice of Dragons and several of America’s founding fathers, these activities are just another day at work. The multi-talented international performance artist has entertained crowds for over a decade at clubs, resorts, concert halls, and stadiums throughout the world. He draws on these experiences to infuse his classes at the aptly named Dragon Power Fitness with a sense of flair. Students can enroll in aerial arts and fire performance, as well as yoga and meditation.
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.