Named after one of ballet’s most graceful leaps, Grand Jeté propels students toward fitness goals with dance-inspired stretches and strength-training exercises. Classes revolve around a ballet barre, where exercisers practice elegant movements designed to build lean limbs, flexible joints, and cores as firm as a mattress made of bricks and mortar. Seasoned dancers and fitness pros, including studio founder Laura Roy Armistead, helm each 50-minute workout, showering participants with encouraging words and tips on form as they melt calories and stress.
Pilates on Highland's dedicated instructors pool their collective experience from backgrounds in dance, fitness, and gymnastics to help students firm their physiques in dynamic Pilates mat classes. In the well-equipped, spearmint-hued studio, natural light washes over lush, nonsentient plants as students flex and bend during 60-minute mat Pilates sessions. Using their own body weight for resistance, students work through a series of floor exercises to help tone legs and arms and strengthen cores through precise isometric exercises. Breathing exercises help to focus attention, and the fluid poses work to lengthen limbs and improve posture more gracefully than balancing the sheet music for Swan Lake on your head. To ensure attentive instruction, each of Pilates on Highland's mat classes, like the national census, is capped at 12 participants.
At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Yoga Circle Downtown's instructors lead a diverse selection of athletically paced and calming yoga styles that cater to students of all skill levels. The studio’s schedule includes advanced and fundamental classes, such as Alignment & Form, where instructors demonstrate poses, emphasizing correct posture and positioning for each asana, instilling proper technique in beginning students and recently animated sculptures alike. Students in yoga flow sessions achieve a more vigorous workout by using strong breaths and athletic movements to transition from pose to pose, raising heart rates and bolstering stamina. During Kundalini yoga, instructors promote inner well-being by incorporating time for chants and calming meditation, which leaves students’ minds as centered as a hula hoop snug around an overinflated beach ball. Students gather for classes in an airy practice space with lofty ceilings and intricately painted pillars that keep the floor from floating away during class, accessorizing the room's wooden flooring with either their own yoga mats or a rental from the studio ($1).
The age-old disciplines of boxing and kickboxing get the state-of-the-art treatment at Gauntlet Fitness, where professional trainers teach high-intensity classes in a custom-built gym. David Sheram and Aaron Crocker lend their disparate disciplines of martial arts and personal training to the machinery. Their non-contact workouts build strength, stamina, flexibility, and confidence.
Zumba Fitness strives to free their studio of the pressure, intimidation, and self-consciousness that can spoil an otherwise enjoyable workout. To that end, the instructors forge a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere that encourages students to go at their own pace. With certification in teaching original Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, and Zumbatomic, the team spends five days a week guiding students through heart-pumping dance routines set to rhythmic, Latin-inspired music, helping them burn calories and drop dress sizes by simply moving to the beat. Instead of having students painstakingly memorize each step, instructors encourage them to improvise and have fun with the choreography. Participants of all skill levels can customize the routines by moving at a slower pace or adding more complex steps to create their ideal exercise session.
Evo gathers groups of new and veteran exercisers to communally banish unwanted pounds and build strength in circuit-training-based boot camp. Over the course of two weeks, customers can attend as many sessions as they like. The 45-minute nonstop workouts, led by a motivational trainer, help strengthen torsos and limbs into rock-solid form with repeated sets of cardio and strength exercises using ropes, sandbags, kettlebells, and dumbbells. Because Evo limits classes to approximately 10 participants, trainers can home in on campers' individual needs and stage impromptu versions of The Sound of Music.