Experienced instructor Christie Nesci has been empowering fitness seekers to reach their goals for more than 10 years. Now, she challenges her clients' minds, bodies, and spirits during group fitness classes at Sky Sport Fitness—so named for her lofty fitness ambitions. Dimmed lights and ever-changing tunes pumping through a professional sound system motivate clients of all ages and abilities as Nesci leads indoor-cycling classes, the gym's bread and butter. Her team of certified trainers helps clients get in touch with their inner selves and the floor during yoga classes that explore chair yoga and standing postures, as well as Skytime classes, which are designed to help clients increase strength through functional movements. Guests receive a complimentary water bottle during each class to help them cool off or give them a place to store their most fertile soils.
Burning Bush's menu takes tongues on a trip to Greece without them having to endure endless views of ancient ruins. Vegetarians will salivate over falafel ($4.01) and quinoa lavanini, lavash bread topped with pepper-jack cheese, avocado, and quinoa ($5.42). Meat junkies and professional bodybuilders can choose bison kebabs cooked over an oak charcoal fire, a gyro ($5.66+), or a Balkan burger ($5.89), which blends beef, pork, and lamb into an unholy union of succulence. Youngsters under 10 can order off the kids' menu or nag their parents for one of the restaurant's thin-crust pizzas. Burning Bush also serves sweet, creamy meal endings from Gelato Gilberto, a local gelateria in Norton Commons.
With its studio's purple walls and its lobby's cushy armchairs, Evolve Health Studio doesn't look like a traditional gym. It's not that the studio lacks the resources of other gyms—after all, instructors lead daily boot-camp classes and Zumba workouts just like at any fitness center. But the staff members recognize the limitations of traditional fitness centers, which is why they hold cooking classes, life-coaching sessions, and even posture workshops.
It’s also why they encourage clients to build relationships with the other students in classes, a practice which provides emotional support and someone to stand on when clients need to retrieve their salad spinner from the top cabinet. Instructors can even lead whole families in workouts to help to build healthy approaches to exercise at any age.
SunnySide Yoga's teachers lead classes through a wide range of yoga styles, from the structural alignment of Iyengar, to the fluid movements of Taoist, or the restorative poses of Hatha. Instructors guide students of all skill levels through the basics and finer points of yoga, helping them through breathing exercises and teaching poses through the use of props, such as straps, blankets, bricks, and multicolored wigs. Each teacher draws from unique life experiences and training⎯such as studying with masters in India or using yoga to overcome an illness⎯to instill a passion for the ancient discipline in their students.
In a friendly, casual environment for sinews of all ages and fitness levels, Shelby Fit For Life starts every member off with one 60-minute personal-training session. An experienced trainer works with guests to assess fitness, note any special needs, and develop an exercise plan for quick and efficient results. Inside the fully equipped facility, treadmills and ellipticals toast calories, and a weight stack circuit and TRX suspension trainer expand muscles like puffer fish. Those favoring a more exotic approach can take advantage of Gyrotonics equipment to trigger memories of jungle-gym exploits or spice up workout routines with one of the included group classes. Students dance the night away in Zumba, find inner gurus with tai chi, or pack in strength, cardio, and core circuits in interval challenge. With keyless entry, Shelby Fit For Life stays open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.