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.
Owned by certified personal trainer and elite martial artist Mike Bevard, Capital City Fitness Boot Camps combines intense interval-training workouts and nutritional wisdom to lean out physiques. During each of his boot-camp programs, he fortifies muscles with three weeks of 45-minute classes before letting them take some time off from working out and surreptitiously flexing in the mirror during a one-week rest period. The classes—grouped into themes that include strength training, core work, and kickboxing—channel positive reinforcement to drive home the advice of expert instructors.
Along with metabolism-boosting drills, custom meal plans steer clients toward more healthful eating habits. The camps' overarching goal is long-term wellness, and to that end, its staff has organized online resources, such as home exercises, to help prevent patrons from regaining lost weight. Specialty services can also augment fitness regimens, and include bridal-party boot camps, boot-camp charity fundraisers, and semiprivate personal-training sessions.
FitnessFast 24 Hour Gym's experienced staff focuses on the fitness triumvirate of strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. Each of the facility's personal trainers doubles as a certified nutritionist, helping clients build workout regimens and nutrition plans that complement one another. A lineup of group classes indexes strategies for strengthening lean muscles and maintaining the nimbleness in the joints and ligaments necessary for competitive crab walking. During energizing BodySculpt classes, students swing free weights in time to music, bolstering major muscle groups with multiple repetitions. In contrast, yoga/Pilates sessions' relaxing stretches and isometric exercises help participants build core strength and flexibility. To melt away toxins, cellulite, and hot-fudge body armor, the gym also offers infrared body wraps, which heat the shell's surface up to a balmy 140 degrees.
Kosama's eight-week Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with six distinct workouts throughout each week. The combined conditioning effects of kettlebell swings, kickboxing jabs, and yoga poses, among other exercises, banish calories as they streamline the body "from the core out" during group sessions. Instructors take an all-inclusive approach to health, building physical strength, mental focus, and wholesome eating habits such as adding a parsley garnish to Cadbury-creme omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build to their many Kosama locations.
The yoga instructors at Live, Laugh, Love Yoga Studio bend bodies into flexible, toned paragons of physical vivacity in private and group classes. Because the studio limits its class sizes, trainers can spend plenty of time working with each exerciser to help them perfect their mountain pose and achieve more striking postures. Yogis slough off excess pounds and send care packets of oxygen throughout the body in cardio yoga, or they sweat out the toxins that naturally accumulate from air pollution, unhealthy diets, or not sleeping in an iron lung in detoxifying hot yoga, performed in a room heated to 90 degrees.
At Fitness Fix, LLC, seasoned instructors propel exercisers toward pinnacles of wellness and confidence. Floor classes such as Pilates mat and piloxing teem with isometrics that sculpt the limbs, core, and lower back, and spring-powered reformers target the same muscles during Pilates equipment classes for all levels of fitness. The studio also specializes in TRX training, whose scalable bodyweight exercises build enough strength, coordination, and balance to putt Saturn’s moons through its rings. The studio also offers private and semiprivate sessions, in which instructors tailor workouts to goals such as weight loss and sports performance.