What started as friendship between Pilates instructors Shannon Barbadian and Laura Fox blossomed into a united fitness philosophy. Both believe in eschewing exercise fads in favor of tailoring tried-and-true methods to suit their clients' needs, and both found the healthful benefits of combining Pilates with cycling. It was with this in mind that they opened Defy Gravity. In their modern, airy studio, they marry cycling's cardio conditioning with Pilates's resistance, flexibility, and strength training, sculpting upper and lower bodies simultaneously with the muscle-carving power of Allegro 2 Pilates reformers, EXO chairs, and Schwinn AC performance bikes outfitted with resistance bands. To keep muscles from getting bored and wandering away from skeletons mid-workout, the instructors use constantly varied exercises that tighten cores and boost cardiovascular endurance.
With Soul Symmetric, founder, certified trainer, and nutritionist Stacie Schneider divorces workouts from the gym. Instead, her fitness classes take place outdoors, some on pristine beaches, and some in the ocean itself. Aspiring stand-up paddleboarders, for example, ride ocean waves as they hone their technique and strengthen their cores. Swimmers also practice in the ocean, which many prefer over their home koi ponds, while Pilates students stretch in the glow of the sunset during classes held right on the beach. To complement their outdoor workouts, Soul Symmetric's wellness experts also craft custom nutrition plans and administer music therapy, which can help sharpen brain function.
Despite living half a world away from the restaurants that her family founded in India over the years, Anju Kapoor chose to continue the family legacy in 1984 by opening Mayur Cuisine of India. Today, the chefs still remain committed to the bold flavors of Northern Indian cooking. Orders of chicken, fish, and vegetables arrive straight from the clay tandoor oven, which is also used to bake naan. Spicy lamb vindaloo, spinach cooked with homemade cheese, and eggplant in a brown-curry sauce help round out the menu's selection of regional Indian cuisine. Sea bass, quinoa salads, and rack of lamb provide nontraditional additions to the menu, as well. Sundays offer a survey of Mayur Cuisine's signature dishes with a prix fixe champagne brunch.
Like the menu, the ambiance at Mayur Cuisine of India is vibrant yet refined. Although an ornate wooden deity sculpture channels ancient traditions, the space also features a handful of more contemporary touches, including large framed images of peacock feathers and napkins made from periwinkle fabric.
Port Restaurant and Bar entrances diners with a seasonal menu of international and American eats such as pizzas, kebabs, pastas, and seafood. Meals of wild salmon and filet mignon unfurl on an open-air patio, and wines selected by a veteran sommelier swirl by the fireplace in the atrium with the candlestick.
The décor's muted luxury evokes the building’s beginnings as an oceanfront bungalow. Accents of wood and marble charm diners amid eye-catching displays of artwork and exploding dynamite. A lineup of live music fills the elegant space, mirroring the kitchen's eclectic menu with acts ranging from acoustic pop and rock to Persian songcraft with its undulating rhythms.
Within Fokus Pilates Studio & Boutique, Blush by Fokus’s specialized technician delivers natural-looking tans using a 98% organic solution. The studio is owned by Sheri Myers, who turned to Pilates after years of chronic pain caused by playing competitive sports. She and the other certified Pilates instructors on staff lead private and group Pilates classes on mats and reformers, and have been doing so for more than six years. One of these teachers, Patricia Sitton, is also a physical therapist and performs her rehabilitative services onsite. By combining core-sculpting Pilates, physical therapy, and organic spray tanning, the Fokus team attempts to strengthen and beautify bodies from head to toe.
The fleet of experienced trainers at House of Fitness never lead the same workout routine twice. That's because at each session, they work with one or two trainees and tailor the workouts to accommodate the students' needs. In their personal-training sessions, they make use of interval and circuit training through medicine balls, kettlebells, and kickboxing techniques. They also work with patients in physical-therapy sessions.