Lisa Babiuk spent 20 years getting clients into shape before discovering yoga held the complete package for her. In addition to healthily strengthening the body and increasing flexibility, she uses yoga because it’s fun. When speaking of exercise, she says, “We need it for our soul, too. If it isn’t fun, you won’t go back.”
She and her staff impart their light-hearted yet dedicated approach to yoga in classes seven days a week. They teach in dual studios under one roof, with one studio specifically engineered to host hot yoga classes.
With the three-prong approach to total wellness at 3 Elements Lifestyle, overhauling your health can actually be easy. Combining workouts, a nutrition plan, and an active recovery program, personalized steps help individuals work toward their specific goals, whether it's shedding weight or building muscles. Its most popular program, boot camp, involves high-intensity interval training and functional movements to keep participants engaged and burning calories.
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
The Pilates Plus workout regimen, designed and taught by a team of impassioned instructors led by Carron Meltz, combines the core-bolstering principles of Pilates with intense cardio and strength-training techniques. In these signature courses, participants learn to utilize low-slung proformer machines, floor-based contraptions consisting of springs and bands, to generate resistance and increase their heart rates with traditional, muscle-toning Pilates moves. These sessions aim to safely strengthen limbs and cores without putting any undue stress on joints or cleverly disguised porcelain limbs. Although the Pilates Plus regimens are the bedrock of their work, the team also teaches sweat-inducing cycling classes and combination classes.
PRO Active Pilates Studio opened its doors in 1998, and one of the first instructors on staff was Laurie Walker. She demonstrated such passion for helping her students lead fit, pain-free lives, that she quickly ascended the ranks to program director. Then, in 2003, the opportunity came to purchase the studio, and she's been running the place ever since. Today, the studio hosts group classes seven days a week, supplementing the schedule with private and semiprivate lessons that help people tone muscle, strengthen their cores, and recover from injuries. Instructors will even personalize the workouts, adapting the routines for older clients, for competitive athletes, and for new moms and moms-to-be.