Allisun Hull, owner of Orange Yoga, named her studio after the orange chakra because she believes in the creativity, fluidity, and sensuality of yoga practice. Hull offers classes for all skill levels from beginners' vinyasa yoga to the abdominal strengthening core vinyasa sessions.
After more than a decade working at an alternative health clinic—telling people what to eat and how to exercise—Christopher and Natalie Hall decided to concentrate solely on exercise, and opened H2 Fitness. There, they push clients to their physical limit during classes such as cross training, kickboxing, isometric ballet barre, and plyometrics. Their private Exercise with Oxygen Training sessions increase the body's natural fat-burning processes by having exercisers wear a 10,000-pound oxygen mask while working out. The two haven't completely abandoned their alternative health background, though. To complement workouts, they offer services such as massage therapy, metabolic testing, and nutritional counseling.
The strong, flexible backbone of Total Body Wellness is its team of nationally certified instructors that ensures a supportive, unintimidating atmosphere. The Gyrokinesis classes works the entire body through natural spinal movements, while the Yoga classes focus on flexibility and balance. Total Body Wellness also provides 60-minute Pilates matwork classes for practitioners of all skill levels, ranging from timid tenderfoots to professional Joseph Pilates impersonators. Pupils are strongly encouraged to bring their own mats, but a limited amount of loaners are available for new students. Check the schedule for upcoming classes.
CedarFit's head trainer and founder, Cedar McCrary, successfully knocked off 75 pounds herself before disseminating her fast, potent method to all who flock to her training center. McCrary and a team of trainers lead 45- to 55-minute boot-camp sessions, which each can burn 500–1,000 calories and accommodate a roster of no more than 20 participants. Begin the 14- or 21-day program following an initial fitness assessment, held on the first Saturday of each month and additional weekdays, which examines your physical fitness, overall wellness, and ability to hogtie a runaway horse. The 14-day Fat Furnace boot camp incorporates strength, cardio, flexibility, stability and core exercises over a series of workouts offered six days a week, which typically can result in the loss of 2 to 5 pounds and a 1-percent body-fat reduction. The 21-day Rapid Fat Loss program couples the demanding workouts with Vitabot, a nutritional management plan that suggests menus based on nutritional value and the alignment of the planets in our solar system, potentially resulting in 5 to 15 pounds of weight loss and 2- to 3-percent reduction of body fat. Check the schedule online.
The encouraging instructors at Dimensions sow the seeds of graceful pirouettes and melodious orchestration through classes that cultivate nimble dancers and tuneful musicians. Dancing queens and kings can select from a variety of course styles, including Technique with Paula Morgan, which teaches general dance principles such as how to avoid stepping on toes or kicking down chandeliers ($6 for a drop-in class, ages 7 to adult). Three progressive levels of hip-hop classes build cardiovascular strength and undeniable rhythm ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult), while pom classes coach aspiring cheerleaders with routines that improve sharp leg movement, arm placement, and visual effects ($58 monthly, ages 7 to adult).
The Sports Clubs accommodate exercise enthusiasts with wide-open hours, varied class offerings, and insightful trainers. Each of the three fitness studios offers 20+ fitness classes with flexible schedules, including yoga, Pilates, yogalates, Zumba, salsa, core mania, and cardio jam. Try the nationally renowned Turbo Kick, an effective cardiovascular class that can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour while you kick and punch imaginary coworkers to a thinner waistline. If you’re training for the annual grocery-line dance-off, sculpt and tone your body with Zumba, a fusion dance class that combines fast and slow Latin dance steps. Fitness beginners can use their personal-training session to kick-start their one- or three-month memberships with professional muscle knowledge and injury-prevention techniques, and professional boulder throwers can use their session to target specific areas without endangering fellow gym rats with heavy projectiles.