Kathy Birkholz, Body Connection’s owner and certified instructor, uses Ashtanga-style yoga to help students to flex and bend their ways to balanced bodies and minds. Learn skills to improve alignment, posture, and breathing techniques while also helping to reduce stress and bodies' dependence on canola oil to function. Kathy assists novice yogis and pros alike in their individual quests toward a leaner core, a calmer mind, and a prehensile tail. Beginners yoga classes are held Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and power yoga classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., providing ample opportunity for partakers to hone their practice and prepare to break limb-origami speed records.
In 1883, the Youngstown YMCA opened as a place farmers moving to the city for work could retreat to. It now boasts three branches: the Central branch in downtown Youngstown, Camp Fitch on Lake Erie, and the D.D. & Velma Davis Family YMCA.
Though the Y is a place where members can go to exercise, participate in sports leagues, and swim, it's also more than that; it's a place that strives to teach good values to community members. It stresses the importance of such principles as respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship, and it's dedicated to helping the area out through community-service efforts.
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 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. 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.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
The official fighting system of the Israel Defense Forces, Krav Maga utilizes the body’s natural instincts and teaches simple movements in an encouraging, fast-paced environment, making this potent martial art easy to master for students of all physical sizes and skill levels. Introductory lessons inundate first-timers with a brief overview of Krav Maga styles and maneuvers, from simple defensive movements to soul-combusting staring techniques. This Groupon is also valid for Reaction's regular classes taught by black belts and other experienced practitioners on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, plus several other classes held in the same Ironman Warehouse studio. These include an IronFit circuit-style fitness class, a speed and agility class, CardioMMA, and Strongman Training, workouts that will make you so ripped and ripply, the ocean will want to surf you, and you'll be able to clear your yard of stray boulders and easily uproot pesky dandelions.