Fitness Xpressions founder Anita-Nell shares her NASM-certified instruction in group kettlebell classes and personal-training sessions. Anita-Nell’s personal fitness journey led her to shed 350 pounds and participate in more than 40 marathons. Her training programs blend strength and cardio routines with basic nutrition education, and hold students accountable for achieving their fitness goals. Group kettlebell workshops and personal-training sessions strive to push participants past their normal comfort levels; Saturday run/walk clubs turn exercise into social galas, but without the tuxedos and tension, unless participants deem their tuxes insufficiently sweaty.
At Essential Hot Yoga, formerly Sumits Yoga, students stand squarely on the hardwood floors of the heated studio as they celebrate four years in business. Instructors lead them through 75-minute classes, fusing inspiration from Hatha and Ashtanga power-flow styles of yoga to create a dynamic and fluid practice. Essential's two styles of hot yoga cover a sequence of balancing and energizing physical postures, called asanas, set to motivating music. The practice room's hot and humid atmosphere warms and relaxes muscles more effectively than a bear hug from an actual bear, helping yogis to reach deeper stretches.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can 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.
The team at Yoga 430 approaches health from a variety of different angles. South Nampa's Yoga 430 founder Erika Putnam and her staff address muscular issues before they can become problematic, and yoga classes at the center also help patrons stay well proactively. The center focuses on whole-body wellness, with the intent to balance both the body and the spirit. Through classes geared for guests of all experience levels, the team of instructors helps people build the flexibility and range of motion that will keep them active, increase strength, flexibility, and stabilize the core. A naturally lit studio creates a harmonious and inviting setting, ideal for meditating everyday woes away. The schedule includes hatha and vinyasa yoga classes. And for those who have health issues in their past, the team leads physical rehabilitation sessions in addition to their dance, yoga, and meditation classes, all while drawing on training from centers around the world.
CrossFit has been described as the opposite of specialization. Whereas some athletes excel at high jump, some professions require the strength of an ox, and some super heroes can merely fly, CrossFit seeks to help mortals achieve a high degree of physical prowess across a wide spectrum of fitness domains. And nobody understands the importance of wide-ranging athleticism better than the owners of CrossFit2C who, in a previous life, served as U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmers.
The team helps folks build strength, speed, endurance, and agility with the help of the ever-changing Workout of the Day. The WOD might require exercisers to jump onto platforms, throw medicine balls, lift enormous truck tires, or blend all of these during an average day at the gym. The result is a fit body that's up to the challenge of everyday life, whether that involves lifting grandchildren or throwing groceries onto the second story of an SUV.
Founded in 2009 by mother-daughter duo Cate Tedeski and Clarisa Knepprath, Yoga Babes welcomes female yogis of any age and skill level. The cozy studio accommodates smaller classes that facilitate personal interaction and thumb wars with the instructor. During warm yoga classes, the temperature summits at 85 degrees to promote detoxification and circulation. Mommy & Me classes synchronize moms and kids in poses that tone the body, whereas fitness-hooping classes evoke the childlike spirit within grown women. The studio supplies custom, handmade hoops for hooping classes, sparing students the trouble of haggling one from the nearest Girl Scout troop. Visit the studio’s schedule for a full list of classes and times.