When viewed through the wall of mirrors at Bikram Yoga Rochester, the studio's wood-paneled ceiling and walls seem to go on forever. In 105-degree heat, a team of experienced instructors leads students through intensive yoga poses that systematically engage the entire body. Students can watch themselves twist and bend during 90-minute classes selected from the studio’s schedule. The temperature of the steamy studio space is engineered to soothe muscles, loosen joints, and encourage detoxification, and provides a challenging setting for students to launch bodies into modifiable postures that accommodate all skill levels from novice to expert and even pregnant women. In addition to yoga, Bikram Yoga Rochester also employs a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, massage therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist.
Within Sole Pilates & Yoga’s beet-red walls, instructors lead small groups of students through rigorous postures on Pilates reformer machines. With just five machines in their studio, the instructors can ensure that each student benefits from personal adjustments and individual attention. The machines' pulleys, bars, and sliding carriages add extra resistance to traditional Pilates postures, testing students' strength against their own body weight to develop lean, toned muscles. In addition to the Pilates reformer, the instructors lead mat Pilates classes to carve strong core muscles, and yoga sessions that flow through strength- and relaxation-inducing poses, resulting in enough flexibility and body control to squeeze into a milk carton.
EVOLUTION Pilates and Nutrition sculpts bodies and minds through comprehensive, individualized approaches to pilates, yoga, nutrition counseling, and personal training. Pilates mat classes strengthen your abdomen, back, and hips while improving posture and developing flexibility without bulking up or stressing joints. Easy to follow and fun to flow through, these classes are physician-recommended for exercisers of every age, fitness level, and daytime dramedy preference. Mat movers meet throughout the week for hour-long blocks, typically in the morning and afternoon hours. To view a complete schedule, click here.
Author of eight books and an internationally recognized Pilates authority, Ellie Herman helms a studio specializing in invigorating classes including a variety of yoga and Pilates options. Shape solar plexuses while unhitching tense tendons in Pilates or MELT, a course that uses simple tools to help enhance body awareness and soothe fraying nerves. Those seeking a multifarious workout should opt for intenSati, a sweat-inducing session that amalgamates aerobics, martial arts, dance, and hamster-wheel endurance for a high-intensity exercise. Ellie Herman Annex Studios offers fitness classes accompanied by props, such as a Pilates springboard and physioball, to give bodies a comprehensive workout while occupying idle hands. Groupon buyers also receive a 20% discount on all in-store merchandise. Click here for the full schedule.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
Breathe Yoga empowers a majority of its students through the flowing movements of Vinyasa, and also offers a range of yoga styles for all skill levels. Friendly instructors guide beginners through the basic poses and sequences in foundations classes, while the hot-room power Vinyasa sessions renew and strengthen cores of all solidified needs. Clean lines, hardwood floors, warm colors, Asian-inspired design touches, and a lack of bottomless pits contribute to a calm, and welcoming environment. More than 60 classes patchwork the schedule each week, and, for added convenience, Breathe Yoga offers on-site mat rental to all students ($1 per session).
Inside The Transform Fitness and Training, a strip of artificial turf runs a six-legged metal frame, hung with punching bags, suspensions harnesses, and ropes. Around this construction stand racks of free weights, medicine balls, and kettlebells. It's the equipment of a gym where the specialty is not specializing. The trainers offer a variety of classes using their brand new space, from pure bodywork such as yoga and Pilates to advanced, equipment-heavy circuit training in boot and glute camps.