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.
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.
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.
Everyone has different fitness goals. That's part of why Jahmale, the trainer at Max Fit Wellness, is glad to have such a diverse background. He's played football, run track, and wrestled, so he knows how to work with burgeoning athletes. But he's also prepared to help people get back on their feet after and injury or lead martial-arts training by drawing on a broad range of certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and others.
Within a rectangular room with a high ceiling, a dark ball bounces off the hardwood floor onto stark white walls, allowing the players to keep an eye on it as it sails back toward their waiting rackets. Such is a common scene at St. Anthony Athletic Club, where three regulation-size courts host the rhythmic thwamps and whacks of racquetball and handball matches. After games, players shake hands before completing sets in the weight room, burning more calories on the treadmill, or retiring to the steam room or sauna.
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.