Located near Lexington Medical Center, the locally- and veteran-owned and operated Dynamic Health & Fitness helps their members reach their fitness goals. In the midst of cutting-edge facilities, the gym boasts amenities that include equipment for cardio- and strength-training, free weights, locker rooms with private changing areas, a pro-shop, and an outdoor training area starting in spring of 2015. For members who work better in packs, their group fitness schedule boasts over 50 classes that including Les Mills BodyPump, Zumba, and cycle fitness. In addition to perks that include free child care and multi-club access, each membership comes with a complimentary personal training session and fitness assessment.
Guided by the spiritual tenets of mindfulness, MindBody Health's owner, director, and teacher Diane Barnes watches over a spiritual sanctuary in her studio. In the Three Hours of Bliss renewal retreat, minds and bodies withdraw from the stressors of everyday life, focusing on the present moment and casting aside worries of morning traffic, speeding tickets, and upcoming mail-fraud trials. Because every mind and body is different, the theme and focus of every session depends on the needs of its participants—though each remains rooted in the spirit of mindfulness and balance within the individual. Previous and planned retreats include Learning to Let Go and Mindful Eating. Holding the highest of yoga training and education, Diane leads a supportive, disciplined classroom, strengthening her students' minds while expelling stress, tension, and chronic spit ballers.
At Gyrotonic Columbia, certified instructors take full advantage of gyrotonic's circular, natural motions to help her clients get the most out of workouts. While seated on the machine, participants arch, curl, bend, and twist, using spine and pelvis to engage core muscles through a series of fluid, rhythmic, circular movements. These motions not only strengthen and tone, but also enhance flexibility and agility. As movements progress, hips and knees get in on the circulating action.
The cyclical activity also creates a particular breathing pattern that stimulates the nervous system and oxygenates blood. It's this comprehensiveness that makes gyrotonic effective, and it's why the instructors believe it is the ideal exercise. And, being able to scale workouts to beginners and veterans ensures that instructors can continual progress her clients toward their fitness goals.
Students glide slowly across the gleaming wood floors of Columbia Tai Chi Center, their controlled purposeful movements sihouetted in natural light from a window. Wesley Adams, the director and head instructor, leads students through the moving meditation that is Tai Chi, helping students find balance and peace as they learn the ancient discipline. Wesley also offers Q-Ex Mindful Movement classes, a contemporary fitness program that draws on the ancient practices of Tai Chi and Qigong to help build strength and reduce stress. All his classes are small, with a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio to ensure all students can benefit from personal attention and no one student hogs all the relaxation.
Passages is located in downtown Camden and offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, Spa and Prenatal Massages. Passages also offers Pilate and PY-YO classes. Private Reformer sessions are available per appointment.
Passages host a community out reach, A Warrior's Stance; AWS. AWS reaches out to youth and young adults in the arts.
With a diverse schedule of rejuvenating classes and encouraging instructors, Just Breathe Studio keeps bone abodes toned and priced above market value. Various yoga classes let posers practice their downward dogs, warriors, and clumsy beekeepers, while Pilates sessions fortify cores for better posture and more intricate ant-farm trails. The studio also offers fusion classes such as chiogalates, which blends tai chi principles with yoga and Pilates in an invigorating routine set to music, and meditative classes that focus on breathing and slow movements to promote relaxation and encourage cookies to bake themselves.