In 2005, Thanh Tran took a risk when she left her job in the medical field to focus on her longtime passion, Pilates. She dove headfirst into the therapeutic practice of Stott Pilates, garnering certifications in basic matwork, Reformer training, and injury and post-rehabilitation Pilates. With her extensive Pilates knowledge, Tran founded PilatesCircle and stocked her studio with Stott Reformers, barrels, and chairs to enhance her students' practice. The studio's mat and Reformer classes—which are limited to small class sizes—incorporate Stott principles to benefit beginners and aficionados alike, and include a session for children age 10–12. When practiced regularly, Pilates can help students increase their mobility, strength, flexibility, and body awareness, and specialized regimens target specific muscles to help golfers, runners, and full-contact ping-pong players prevent injury. Those looking for an even more personal Pilates experience can schedule a private solo, tandem, or trio session.
Achieving a level of fitness that leaves you prepared for anything is just one of the goals that the trainers at CrossFit Queenston Heights have for their students. To achieve it, they lead full-body CrossFit workouts that build muscles and burn calories through intense cardio and moves borrowed from gymnastics and weightlifting. During a typical class, head trainer Chris challenges his students through a Workout of the Day that incorporates the fitness expertise he's gathered as a kettlebell instructor, certified Olympic weightlifter, and member of the Army Reserve. Whether students hope to become more fit in general or train for a specific goal, Chris’s team holds CrossFit classes seven days a week to help them reach their fitness potential during the hours most convenient for them.
Mindy Scime, who has been a yoga practitioner for nearly a decade, hopes to share her love for yoga and the relaxation that ensues with students of all experience levels. Her Tree of Life Yoga Studio draws inspiration from the ancient tree-of-life symbol, which represents the interconnectedness of all living things. Through her studio, she strives to cultivate a welcoming environment in which visitors can deepen the connection between their minds and bodies and with others in the community. Atop sleek wood floors and provided mats, yogis work on also connecting their breaths and movements during 60-minute Vinyasa-style classes that start with breathing exercises and end with a period of quiet relaxation. Aside from weekly classes the studio also offers workshops and retreats on topics such as spring rejuvenation, living wellness lifestyles, and how to do a headstand in an office cubicle without kicking your coworkers.