Rather than having their students segue from Pilates sessions to the free-weight room, the instructors at Fitness Movement merge the benefits of strength and cardio routines into single group classes. With certifications, marathons, and competitive bike races in their respective backgrounds, they steer guests through workouts that last 60 minutes or less. They acclimate guests to the studio's specialized equipment during their sessions, whether they are mixing Pilates stretches with cardio drills aboard SPX resistance machinery, or demonstrating how to body roll on balls that therapeutically manipulate tissues. They stress safe and slow form over showing off, which is why newcomers are encouraged to bring spandex shorts lined with molasses. They can also augment their classes with nutritional guidance, standing by a holistic approach to full-body health.
Jeff Stern grew up across the street from a country club, where he would hunt for lost golf balls and fish in the course's lakes. His passion for the game began when he first picked up a golf club at the tender age of 9, when most kids still believe that golf balls are filled with chocolate. With a whole lot of hard work and a dash of talent, Jeff developed into a serious competing amateur. His teaching career began in earnest under the tutelage of Bruce Hamilton, a top 100 golf professional, who groomed him to become a golf professional at prominent golf facilities including Cascades Golf Club and North Ranch Country Club.
Today, golfers can pick at his golf brain during one-on-one lessons at Lindero Country Club. Students can opt to stay on the range, where Jeff analyzes and critiques their swing mechanics, or head out on the course, where he can better teach course management and fly-swatting with a 9-iron.
Part of Therapy Services Plus and named for its location above it, Yoga Upstairs elevates visitors’ spirits and fitness levels with accessible Hatha- and Iyengar-style yoga classes, as well as basic, gentle, and Vinyasa flows. Sunlight warms the bamboo floor of the practice space as seasoned teachers demonstrate movements to help strengthen muscles and center minds. Iyengar class instructors walk students through routines to open joints and cultivate stamina, and students perform restorative-yoga routines to melt stress with gentle stretches and breaths deeper than a bass solo inside a moon crater. In addition to posing on mats, students can visit the studio’s four-panel yoga wall, where sturdy straps assist inverted moves and other advanced body-weight exercises without risking injury. Like a medieval castle’s daycare center, many classes incorporate blankets, blocks, and sandbags, which help students hold their poses as they hone their alignment.
Although many of The Bar Method’s exercises take place at the ballet bar, the program is only partially inspired by the long, lean musculature of ballet dancers. Created by Burr Leonard, the workouts also incorporate the brief, fat-burning bursts of activity known as interval training and the muscle-shaping techniques of isometrics. Combine all this with the science of physical therapy, and you get The Bar Method: an intense yet safely designed approach to exercise meant to cinch the silhouette, increase muscle definition, and boost energy all day long. Sessions introduce beginners to basics, such as maintaining good form and refraining from breaking out into Swan Lake choreography.
Monarchs National Gymnastics Training Center furnishes the facilities and equipment necessary for young tumblers to develop their skills. The center staffs experienced coaches to teach students during sundry group classes that encourage camaraderie. Choose any four consecutive one-hour classes for aspiring Olympians or unwittingly aspiring Olympians, including co-ed kinder classes designed for ideally low-to-the-ground toddlers or a boys-and-girls tumbling session—for ages 6–18—that teaches kids the easiest ways to catapult themselves out of a room during awkward silences or boring lectures. All-girls and all-boys classes are available for kids aged 6–18, and a girls' cheer class prepares sprightly young ones for futures as high-school pep leaders.
Chef Craiger Van Zee started his grilling career at age 12. Now, after 40 years in the food and beverage industry, Chef Craiger has become a strong proponent of the saying "practice makes perfect." Through To Grill or Not to Grill, the chef has passed his hard-won cooking experience to more than 3,500 students. Chef Craiger smoothly divulges tips and advice to classes with cooking demonstrations and field trips to the mystical talking spatula, and helps clients master their own grills with at-home group lessons tailored to the grill's specific make and model.