Village Pilates Studio's owner, Regan Hoerster, boasts an impressive 1,000 hours of apprenticeship work, earning a master's certification with The Pilates Center in Boulder and another certification with the Pilates Method Alliance. She draws from her extensive education to create a comfortable, friendly environment with class styles to accommodate patrons of all skill levels and varying needs. Hoerster offers one-on-one private lessons and semiprivate lessons with a maximum of four participants, which are especially beneficial to beginners. The small class sizes enable her to devote ample attention to each person to foster the development of proper technique. More advanced patrons can opt for gender-specific classes, large-group mat classes, or those that incorporate props such as the barre, pole, and low chair. Reformer machines?built specifically to enhance Pilates workouts by adding resistance to the exercises?line the walls of the hardwood studio, with the majority of the floor space left open for performing mat work and impressing fellow students by forming every letter in Mississippi with your body.
Former Yoga Trek students Kate Wester and Catherine Cappel carry on ownership of the studio passed on to them by their former instructors, leading a staff of impassioned yoga teachers as they guide students in the physically dynamic Vinyasa and Ashtanga styles of yoga. The instructors accommodate students of all skill and fitness levels except in the most advanced sessions, which transition between challenging poses at a rapid pace. Beginners and intermediate students can build up practice over time, learning to incorporate meditation and mindful breathing techniques to center thoughts while bolstering physical stamina with traditional yoga poses. Instructors help to prepare students before class by passing out any yoga mats, supportive props, or chakra-warming space blankets guests need.
Green grass and blue skies bookend the boot-camp classes at Bulldog Bootcamp. Leading the outdoor workouts, owner Greg Major and his team of seasoned fitness instructors spur their students on by shouting words of encouragement and tearing Chicken Soup for the Soul books in half. Major—a decorated bodybuilder and inline skater—has been a certified personal trainer since 1989, and has since picked up the credentials to teach CrossFit’s Level 1, Football, and Kids programs. He and his staff stage CrossFit classes at Bulldog Bootcamp’s training facility in Forest Park.
BFit-Fitness founder Lynette Miller and her trainers can whip any client into shape with Zumba, boot camp, cardio kickboxing, or even personal training. But perhaps the most distinct aspect of 447 Club Fitness?the one that garnered attention from Oak Park 365 in 2009?is the staff?s commitment to childhood fitness. They offer several programs designed just for kids, including a circuit-training program that utilizes age-appropriate equipment and kids? dance classes that teach foundational steps and which slow songs to request at school dances.
The luminous hue of Get Fit Now Fitness Studio's lime green walls match the vivacious nature of its classes, many of which are built around music and dance, like Zumba, which incorporates Latin beats into the workout. The combination of groove and physical exertion helps Get Fit achieve its goal of making exercise a fun and engaging experience. The fitness studio welcomes adults aged 16 and up and seniors of all physicalities.
Oak park Yoga has taught yoga to thousands of people over it's 10 years in existence. People keep returning because they like the professional quality of the instructors, the serene and meditational environment and the benefits they feel from the classes.