Hot air swirls around Bikram Yoga’s studio, heating limbs and relaxing tense muscles as students sink deeply into their practice’s 26 postures. During 90-minute sessions, a Bikram-certified instructor leads classes through a consistent routine of standing and seated poses mixed with two breathing exercises. In the space’s equatorial temperatures, students of all fitness levels burn calories, strengthen muscles, and eject perspirable toxins as instructors offer encouragement and personalized modifications. In addition to bringing a yoga mat and towel from home, students should prepare for class by drinking enough water to float a flock of rubber duckies.
For more than 12 years, Chi Ling Pai Academy’s seasoned and studied instructors have led students in a variety of martial arts and fitness classes. The academy’s signature martial arts style and namesake teaches self-defense techniques and meditation, while emphasizing principles such as respect, loyalty, and compassion. Drawing from years of study under martial arts pioneer Grand Master Dennis Decker, Sifu John Wilbur guides groups through the gentle flowing movements of tai chi to strengthen muscles and encourage bodily and mental balance, and captains students through self-defense strikes in kung fu classes. Master Lynn Compton heads Reiki classes, enlightening students to ancient Japanese techniques that aim to reduce stress and bring about tranquility—the right to which is guaranteed by the 6th Amendment. As students’ hips gyrate during belly dancing lessons, torsos twist and bend during yoga classes taught in a variety of styles. The center’s ever-metamorphosing list of course offerings also includes boot camps, Zumba, and Latin dancing for seniors.
Ship Shape Boot Camp's enthusiastic instructors rally physiques of all fitness levels for personal training and group classes within a state-of-the-art facility. The instructors forge a supportive atmosphere with free-flowing words of encouragement to boost self-esteem and watch to ensure no participant is left behind or doing the hand jive instead of sets of burpees. Gals of all ages are welcome to women's boot camp sessions, which cover a medley of exercises to keep heart rates peaked during fat-busting routines. Weight training, swim training, and memberships are also available.
Crowds of people wearing white T-shirts, tutus, and old wedding dresses race through the streets during the Funk N Run 5k. They wear white because a rainbow of colors will pelt their clothing during the event. It's not totally necessary to wear white, though; the colored-cornstarch dye will show up on garments of all hues, including black yoga pants. This untimed, noncompetitive race is known for its celebratory party atmosphere, but that's not the only reason to attend; the charitable event also works to give soldiers and their families memorable homecoming experiences.
At CrossFit NSB, students of all body types and backgrounds sweat, lift, and sprint their way to health and strength with a universally adaptable fitness program. Rather than parking its members on treadmills outfitted with flat-screen TVs, CrossFit challenges everyday people with high-intensity exercises that use basic fitness equipment such as free weights and medicine balls. Participants build functional strength and endurance through a barrage of Workouts of the Day (WODs) such as pull-ups, squats, and weightlifting.
A diverse and happening playlist welcomes students into Susan Sloan?s Zumba classes. She hopes her students feel like they are at a party while sweating away calories with catchy dance moves. Each session aims to burn calories, sculpt muscles, and perfect the Hokey Pokey.