True Health Studio liquidates excess fat with intense, back-to-basics classes that focus on intentional movements and no-nonsense techniques. Students tone silhouettes and torch calories in the popular KettleBell BootKamp classes, led by certified Russian Kettlebell instructor Steve Bradford, who teaches moves used by professional athletes. Zumba helps students shed pounds with hip-shaking dance moves, and Ludus boot camps inspire muscles to grow into bigger muscles with unconventional tools such as ropes, hammers, and tires. Classes stay comfortable with no more than 10 students, giving instructors time to work with each participant, modify routines for customized workouts, and survey the class on tortoise-drawn carriages.
Anu Buzruk learned Hatha yoga at the Sree Swamy Vivekananda Centre of Teacher Education in India, taught the style in India for six years, and then moved to Chicago and completed Lotus Yoga Center’s 200-hour training course. Yet, even with all of her training, she works to continually improve her teaching at Yoganubhav Studio by regularly scheduling feedback sessions with her students and their often neglected mats. Since starting her career, she has taught Hatha yoga to more than 400 students, and she employs their feedback to tailor her classes to their needs. Through this personalization of her classes, many students have reported her Hatha yoga classes have helped to increase their flexibility and alleviate issues such as anxiety, digestive difficulty, and menstrual disorders.
At Bikram Yoga Aurora, certified instructors lead groups through Bikram Yoga?s various postures inside a balmy, but welcoming studio. Both beginners and experienced practitioners stretch, bend, and balance side-by-side, all while controlling their huffs and puffs with Bikram's signature breathing exercises. The studio itself plays a major role during every session with the elevated temperatures leading to a number of potential benefits. This heat can improve circulation, make muscles more flexible, and even flush toxins from the body through sweating instead of taking plunger to your ear.
Shihan Hercle Brown, a sixth-degree black belt with more than 30 years of martial-arts experience, teaches every class at Brown's DragonFire Martial Arts. Centering on shorinji-ryu karate—an authentic style with roots in Okinawa—classes focus on mental and physical strength for martial arts and self-defense. Brown leads classes for all ages, striving to shape students with better focus, discipline, confidence, and balance. Programs also involve weapons training and sparring.
Kristin was nervous before her first pole-dancing class. Sure, she?d spent years as a fitness specialist with a background in classical dance, but she was also working as the volunteer director at her church. What would people think? At her first turn around the pole, however, her fears vanished. ?I felt like a goddess and an acrobat,? she says.
Today, Kristin is a certified pole instructor, a master trainer for Pole Move, Inc, and a member of the Pole Fitness Association. Inside her 3,400-square-foot studio, she works alongside 16 PFA-certified instructors to teach women body acceptance through pole dancing. More than 3,000 female students so far have sampled the studio's liberating, confidence-boosting classes. There's a broad selection of class types, including eight stages of pole dancing, burlesque, aerobic classes, core conditioning, aerial silks, and aerial yoga. Each class caps attendance at 10 students to ensure instructors know everyone?s name and favorite sandwich, and that they can keep an eye out for safety and technique.
Former San Francisco 49er Anthony Parker knows exactly what it takes to compete and train at the highest level. That’s the experience he brings to his results-driven boot-camp classes. Participants reach new fitness goals during classes that blend NFL-style conditioning drills with activities such as kickboxing, circuit training, dance, and fitness games.