Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping classes combine cardio, resistance training, discipline, and nutrition to recast soft musculatures as hardened versions of their former selves. Refined over the last 22 years by tae kwon do competitor and teacher Lance Farrell, the 45-minute group classes are led by a certified instructor that will help shed pounds and build muscle mass regardless of race, sex, age, size, or astrological sign. Similar to the mating ritual of the blue-footed booby, fitness kickboxing combines rhythmic martial arts and bag training, to send hearts racing into a vigorous sweat. Keep the body guessing with a pop quizzes in resistance-band training and muscle isolation, which is beneficial for all fitness levels.
Fit4Lincoln packs its schedule with small-group exercise classes that burn calories and build muscle. A martial-arts specialist from the U.S. Marines leads the 45-minute kickboxing sessions, which impart self-defense strategies while inducing sweat with punching, kicking, and timed multiplication-table drills. Yoga classes demonstrate poses that cultivate strength and flexibility, and the Butts & Guts session shrinks and solidifies abdomens and glutes with squats, lunges, and plyometrics.
Instead of handing clients lightning rods, Fit4Lincoln raises energy levels and torches fat by equipping clients with nutrition tips. During one-on-one meetings, the studio’s personal trainers devise specific workout goals and an action plan for achieving them.
Imagine for a moment that, less than three months before planning to hike the Grand Canyon, you fall 20 feet out of a tree and break your back. Eight weeks of rest and physical therapy helps, but you're nowhere near as recuperated as you'd hoped. What do you do? For one individual, the answer was simple: hot yoga at Yogamed. The studio adapted their program to this actual individual's sensitive condition, with stunning results—the student's spine showed signs of complete healing, and the hike went off without a hitch. The testimonial serves as a particularly dramatic illustration of Yogamed's motto: "Yoga is Medicine."
That philosophy is put into practice every day at Yogamed's studio - one of the largest in Omaha - which hosts 45 weekly classes in a variety of forms. Attendees can reap the benefits of each particular style, whether they seek the deeper stretches provided by heated Bikram sessions or the flowing sequences of vinyasa yoga. Combining Western medicine with traditional yoga, Yogamed even has a board-certified internist on staff to provide assessments. But Yogamed is equally dedicated to the second half of its moniker—massages provide stress relief, and regular workshops educate students on how yoga can help combat joint pain, backaches, and even symptoms of breast cancer. The inner and outer healing takes place in a spacious venue built with eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo floors and signs politely asking pandas to refrain from snacking on those floors.
Symmetry in facial features is thought to be especially attractive, but at SG Human Performance, the team is more focused on the beauty of symmetrical motion. During initial one-on-one consultations, trainers assess newcomers with the Functional Movement Screen, which helps them identify asymmetries and imperfections in clients’ day-to-day movements and track their progress.
The golf fitness program helps players of all levels identify physical limitations that are affecting swings. With the assistance of a Titleist Performance Institute–certified instructor, golfers work toward improved ball distance and accuracy, injury prevention, and golf-swing efficiency.
Husband-and-wife duo Mark and Nikki founded the studio to help clients correct these imbalances, and attain the alignment most conducive to fat burning. They achieve this with the help of their team of certified instructors through group classes and more intimate training sessions. Known as the "Art of Eight Limbs," muay thai kickboxing classes use pad training to help participants develop speed, power, cardiovascular endurance, and fighting spirit. Group sessions may also focus on yoga or kettlebell workouts alongside muscle-building exercises that utilize tractor tires and medicine balls, which can be used as weights or swallowed pill-style.
Below large wooden beams, artists of all ages bend diligently over their pieces, dabbling in palettes filled with colorful glazes. Families, birthday-party guests, summer-camp attendees, and students fill the many tables at It's Yours Pottery, painting raw bisque piggy banks, coffee mugs, and ceramic flying saucer props. Pottery isn't the only star of the show, though—on other days, the tables hoist fused-glass pieces, tiles, stones, beads, acrylic paints, and slabs of clay for hand-formed figures.
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With the sole mission of priming lean, healthy bodies, Omaha’s Forged Athlete Gym hosts fitness classes and assessments at their indoor location. During their athletic training, instructors motivate students of all fitness levels through a 45-minute routine of high-intensity moves that elicit more sweat than a polygraph-testing facility inside a volcano. The staff also bring their health-consciousness to companies, leading onsite fitness classes and assessments to boost employees’ energy, camaraderie, and self-confidence. As individuals physically advance, they can enlist in The Forged Athlete program, the utmost level of physical commitment, tailored to those training for football, wrestling, MMA, and speed balloon-animal making.