Fueled by the impassioned teachings of owner Diane Barnes, MindBody Health & the Mindful Living Studio bolsters well being with holistic education, including mini retreats that explore such topics as nutrition and balanced mind-body connections. Cultivating the Garden of Health allows attendees to begin the year anew without bribing Dick Clark to count down from 10 by covering a number of methods for integrating holistic living skills into everyday routines.
Neither gym nor spa, The Balance Institute cobbles together something wholly unique, blending the best of both to alleviate pain and prevent future maladies. The buzzing, anonymous atmosphere of a gym gives way to friendly, personalized attention. Trainers and massage therapists join forces, working with clients one on one to unravel the underlying cause of pain and reverse years of unhealthy habits, such as poor eating or only ever using your right arm. Personal training begins with a health assessment and veers into moves and stretches designed to strengthen bodies and assuage pain. In private rooms, massage therapists quiet the cries of sore muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue work, or myofascial release therapy.
Uncluttered by impersonal equipment, The Firm's mirrored expanse of blond wood floors and taupe walls provide plenty of room for the instructors to move around. Trainers motivate clients to sweat toward svelte physiques during BodyPump sessions and BodyCombat classes that blend cardio and martial arts to get students kicking and punching through excess calories. Most of the classes leverage body weight or light equipment to trim waistlines and tone muscle with the exception of RPM classes, which build endurance and cardio strength using state-of-the-art Body Bikes.
With more than 35 years of kid-entertaining experience, the friendly staff at The Little Gym provide a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Visiting youngsters glean skills and confidence while participating in hands-on activities that help enhance emotional, intellectual, and social skills. During classes full of physical activity, 4 to 12 year olds can learn to focus minds and bodies through the art of karate; 3 to 12 year olds learn to summon rain and showers of candy through dance. When four consecutive weeks of engaging exercises have left young ones yearning for more, the annual membership allows for eleven more months of exploration and growth. Gymnastics, sports skills, and parent/child classes for babies are also offered. Check the schedules for Columbia and Lexington for availability and call ahead for reservations.
Columbia Martial Arts and Fitness provides a wealth of martial-arts knowledge at its spacious studio. Adult programs train students in everything from Brazilian jujitsu and MMA to combat submission wrestling and Bruce Lee's legendary jeet kune do. Youth programs begin with martial-art fundamentals and work to build self-confidence and teach self-defense.