A not-for-profit cooperative, A Peace of Space Yoga Co-op serves the community through wellness education and yoga. And as part of a co-op, each wellness professional aims to embody the spirit of cooperation and community outreach, while working together in a jointly-owned, democratic space. Along with regularly scheduled yoga classes such as Chair and Hatha yoga, the co-op also hosts workshops that include yoga for teens or for mother-child, as well as reiki training and drum circles.
New England FastFit is a fitness center designed with its clients in mind—knowing that no one has time to spend hours in a gym and everyone wants tangible results, this studio does away with the gym entirely and offers intense group fitness classes. Designed to be short and extremely efficient, these instructor-led kickboxing, hot-yoga, and boot-camp classes combine cardio and strength exercises for a challenging workout in 35–60 minutes, offering nutrition counseling as well to put the final piece of the fitness puzzle in place.
New London CrossFit is a 4,000 sq ft facility dedicated to the CrossFit methodology of training in New London Connecticut. We offer beginner to advanced level classes in functional exercise, athletic conditioning, strength training, plyometrics, kettlebell training, Olympic weightlifting, medicine ball and dumbbell train.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
At The Yoga Within, compassionate studio owners and certified yoga instructors Theresa Reynolds and Karen Oien help students of all experience levels deepen their yoga practice with a four-day schedule of gentle yoga classes. Each 90-minute session takes mat mavens though 50–60 minutes' worth of healing physical postures designed to release tension along the spine. During this time, students get support from blocks and folded-up blankets. The remaining class time is spent fostering peaceful minds and taming skittish spirit horses with a short breathing practice and a period resting in yoga's relaxation pose—shavasana.
Visitors never have to wait in line to workout at Cardio Express—each of the six clubs boasts a ton of Cybex strength-training machinery, an arsenal of free weights, and more than 80 pieces of cardio equipment affixed with personal 15-inch television screens. Compassionate instructors imbue gym visits with a human element as well, leading classes such as Core Fusion, Total Tone circuit training, and spinning sessions at the Southington, Vernon, and Manchester locations. Each year, the staff members carry the same motivational energy they use in their studios to recruit members and friends for the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour. Cardio Express has raised a grand total of nearly $400,000, and it also acts as title sponsor for the 2012 benefit.