Natural light dances around the edges of Shanti Cycle's spinning rooms, one located inside Yogaholics and the other inside Gallery 125. The welcoming spaces set the stage for spin classes that elicit a spike in heart rates and help exercisers burn calories.
Boca Tanning Salon’s Smart Tan–certified staff brings a sun-kissed glow to skin Monday–Saturday without subjecting it to the sun's harmful rays. Instead, they spritz bodies with bronzing hues bolstered by organic ingredients. Hydrating solution further quenches skin as staff members prolong the life of tans by applying extender sprays or sticking each patron inside a human bubble. Meanwhile, red-light-rejuvenation booths suffuse skin with infrared beams to warm bodies and enliven tired muscles.
When she was 15, Heather had already been dancing for a decade, and she vowed to one day open her own studio. Later, while in school for interior design, she took her first-ever pole-dancing class and found it was love at first twirl; she installed a pole in her own home that very afternoon. Though she worked for a while as a professional designer, she felt compelled to step away from decorating other people's homes to pursue her teenage dream, swathing her newly opened studio space in hot-pink paint and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Today, it's a go-to hub for novice dancers of all ages, sizes, and experience levels and for barber's poles looking to switch careers. While Heather and three other instructors teach belly dance, aerial technique, burlesque, and fitness classes, though Heather's main passion still lies with pole dancing. She finds it rewarding to watch as students—who currently include spinners in their 60s—break past mental blocks to do moves they never thought possible. She grins each time her students report that they're feeling stronger and healthier just doing everyday tasks, like buying anvils at the grocery store. "I don't feel like it's a job," she says, noting the supportive environment created by her students and the joyous bachelorette and birthday parties—where, she maintains, the older guests always turn out to be wilder than the 20-somethings. "It feels like I'm hanging out with friends."
The certified personal trainers at Grassfed Crossfit know how to maximize each workout. They have their CrossFit Level 1 certifications as well as certifications in USA Weightlifting and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The trainers also have affinities for the sorts of healthful foods needed to recover from one of CrossFit's intense jumbles of functional exercises. Chad Cochran, for example, developed his affinity with CrossFit from time as a farmer, nutrition consultant, and paleo diet blogger. Together with amenities, including locker rooms, the coaches' knowledge of fitness and nutrition amplifies students' abilities to get in shape, similar to the song "Eye of the Tiger" being played through a megaphone.
At Brickhouse Cardio Club, an open floor space sets the stage for Zumba classes every day of the week. The floor—designed to ease joint and knee maladies—is merely one aspect of the club's comfortable and supportive atmosphere. At the club, patrons find a combination of dancing and aerobics classes that will help them with weight loss or body toning in the midst of a fun environment.
The yoga instructors at The Family Yoga Center Inc. help practitioners of all ages and skills center their minds and relax their bodies. Directed by Jennifer Orobello, who specializes in alignment-based yoga, classes involve mastering one pose at a time. First, students achieve the pose, and then they hold it in order to foster deeper mind-body connections and increase strength and flexibility. Confident that yoga is accessible to everyone, the instructors encourage using yoga wedges, blocks, or walls in order to help with holding poses.