Energetic instructors at Work It lead cardio, dance, and fitness classes seven days a week, cycling through yoga poses and spinning around poles in workouts that avoid gym monotony. Cadres of exercisers move to blood-pumping Latin–based choreography in cardio-heavy Zumba courses ($18/class), where alternating quick and slow tempos create a temporal distortion field previously accessible only to the funkiest physicists. Introductory pole-dancing courses ($25/class) let practitioners build strength and confidence as they twirl aerobically around metallic dance partners who never slip or insist on solo river-dancing routines.
Heat floods the expansive Bikram Yoga Norwalk studio, loosening taut muscles as students of all levels perspire through static, strength-building poses. Certified instructors lead these students through the 26 poses that strengthen and stretch the body, modifying the trickier postures in order to accommodate beginners. The studio itself stays at a balmy 102?107 degrees with 40%?60% humidity in order to help facilitate deeper stretching, increase blood flow, and destroy stowaway snowmen.
It's easy to see that Yogi Brian Buturla favors the practice of Dharma Yoga. The style combines traditional yoga techniques such as meditation, breathing, and stretching with challenging movements including headstands and backbends. Classes are geared to work at every student's fitness level, from beginner to advanced. Yogi Brian's also offers gentle and rehabilitative classes firmly rooted in the classical yoga tradition.
Heiwado translates to “the way of peace and harmony,” and the students at this dojo don’t go looking for trouble. Instead, they focus on challenging themselves—getting into shape through rigorous martial-arts-flavored fitness and self-defense classes. Students soak up techniques developed by Sensei Antrone Kelley, who has whittled away the arbitrary elements of karate, muay thai, and kickboxing and combined the useful remainder into a refined fighting form, effective in the ring or on the street.
Instead of packing into a crowded, steamy gym, clients of Precision Fitness work out in the comfort of their own homes. Its trainers head to local abodes for personal or small-group training or to Beardsley Park for group boot-camp workouts in the fresh air.