It's not easy to become a trainer at Metabolic Fitness Management: the company only recruits those with the proper education and certifications from organizations such as the National Personal Training Institute, the American Council on Exercise, and the National Council on Strength and Fitness. At a handful of gyms, these experts lead personalized one-on-one sessions as well as group boot-camp, kettlebell, and TRX suspension-training classes.
The staffers at Essence of Life, a fitness and wellness center, believe that balance is essential to leading a happy, healthy life. And so they offer classes that keep clients well rounded mentally, physically, and spiritually. Yoga and Pilates reformer classes help stretch limbs and minds, and indoor cycling and TRX classes pump up muscles and keep hearts healthy. Personal training helps clients get on track with individualized attention. The friendly and laid-back fitness studio strives to keep its own balance by hosting ongoing workshops and summer camps in addition to classes, and clients can drop by for a soothing reiki session or features-defining airbrush tan as well.
Melody Roberts hadn't been practicing yoga for long when she began to notice changes in herself. Beyond physical developments such as increased strength and flexibility, she realized that she felt "more grounded, calmer, more alert, and simply more at ease," to use her own words.
So Roberts pursued that feeling, making yoga a bigger part of her life until one day she became a teacher and opened her own studio. Now, she strives to pass along the same mental and physical benefits to her students, helping them to discover their true selves through regular Vinyasa yoga practice.