A stationary bike can actually take people places. Places such as optimal health, weight loss, and general well-being. At Doylestown Ride, spinning is in the heart of each instructor, especially since the fitness routine's impressive cardiovascular benefits lead to stronger hearts. Adding to the benefits, classes annihilate up to 750 calories per 60-minute session. Supportive instructors push everyone to reach their limits, and perhaps spin right past them. With 11 bikes in each class, class sizes remain manageable, meaning all students can get the individual attention they deserve.
Yoga Tree's staff of instructors includes a trained chiropractor and a former gymnast, enabling the studio to host movement-based yoga sessions that safely promote well-being and physical health. After perusing the schedule of classes, students gather for sessions appropriate for their skill level, including Align with the Flow, which challenges seasoned pupils' stamina and concentration with a methodically paced sequence of deep forward bends, arching backbends, and demanding inversions. During accessible Vinyasa classes, students learn to connect poses with smoothly flowing transitional movements and measured inhalations, exhalations, or exclamations to create an invigorating workout. Aerobic Power Hour Yoga spends 60 minutes steadily quickening visitors' pulses until they can keep time to a John Philip Sousa march.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
Riverflow Yoga owner Rhonda Uretzky lives and breathes yoga. After 40 years of dedicated practice—and with every member of her immediate family either teaching or practicing yoga—she has come to think of it not just as a workout, but as a way of life. Aided by an experienced team of instructors and sweat-inducing temperatures that work to purge bodies of toxins, Rhonda’s Hot 26 Yoga classes focus on stretches that nurture physical flexibility and foster spiritual exploration.
Riverflow Yoga's studio, located in a former laceworks, features free parking and uses a combination of heat to boost blood flow, ease sore joints, stretch tight muscles and tone bodies during hot yoga sessions. When Rhonda's guiding students through each class’ 26 poses, she elongates spines and unkinks vestigial tails with hands-on adjustments. Her hands, adept and perceptive from so much practice, can feel when bodies are tense; a mere touch can tell her where each student needs the most attention.
Unlike the competitive environment of a testosterone-stuffed gym or mixed-martial hopscotch tournament, boot camp encourages all ages, skill levels, and abilities to motivate each other in a comfortable group setting. The certified trainers at Doylestown and Great Valley constantly challenge participants to achieve higher levels of fitness. Classes take you through different workout routines each day, with a variable variety of body-blasting, calorie-pulverizing exercises, including jogging, strength training, core conditioning, yoga, Pilates, and obstacle courses. You'll shed inches, pounds, and existential funk. Classes run five days a week starting at 5:30 a.m. at the Doylestown and Montgomeryville locations, with Doylestown also offering 9 a.m. sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. From November to March, winter sessions take place in Lahaska at Buckingham Friends School. Great Valley Boot Camp offers a similar booty-busting program with both co-ed and women's-only classes offered most mornings.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.