The instructors at Bikram Yoga Ogden help students achieve a soothing state of calmness through the Bikram method of hot yoga. They guide guests through 26 poses in a studio heated to improve muscle elasticity, which reduces the threat of injury. The heat also encourages detoxification and elevates heart rates. Instructors stay positive and supportive throughout their classes, which help build strength and flexibility and elongate ligaments, joints, and facial hair. The staff also uses these poses to teach students the valuable skill of controlling their breath.
Merpati Putih is an ancient Indonesian practice that combines fitness, breathing exercises, meditation, and self-defense. Highly trained instructors Nate and Mike Zeleznick’s passion and respect for the martial art have culminated in MP USA. At the accredited Merpati Putih martial-arts school, they pass on these skills in classes for children and adults of any fitness level, drawing from their work with high-ranking Merpati Putih specialists. Beyond teaching technical skills, sessions for adults focus on overall fitness and bolstering the connection between mind and body, and kids’ classes impart values such as self-confidence, manners, and responsibility. The Zeleznicks also arm women with the tools to defend themselves in self-defense classes.
The certified instructors at 12th Street Fitness motivate their clients with an ever-changing workout of the day, which keeps exercises from getting monotonous and weeds out any cardboard cutouts masquerading as real humans. Within their 5,500-square-foot, open-floor-plan gym space, they fit this workout into boot-camp sessions and group fitness classes. Each boot-camp class follows an exercise circuit through the gym's equipment, which includes weight-training gear, treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. For a more personalized fitness experience, instructors also provide one-on-one personal training and nutrition counseling.
Propulsion Pilates' instructors rely on the familiar Pilates contraptions that fill most studios, but they alter the time-tested workout regimen by incorporating it into a more modern style of circuit training. They combine sequences on the Reformer, Tower, and Wunda Chair with occasional cardio exercises and kettlebell work, creating challenging sessions that manage to refine technique while bolstering strength and flexibility. To keep classes teetering on the cuttingest of edges, the instructors attend at least two Pilates workshops every year to update their mental cache of fitness tricks, but they always leave a little disappointed that a flying Reformer machine appears to be at least another six months off.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let the Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Hidden behind an earthy brick-and-wood exterior, Crossroads Fitness shelters an array of constitution-fortifying contraptions and bright classrooms to aid members in their fitness-seeking pursuits. Eager iron-pumpers dive into flexing routines on the machines and barbells in the free-weight area, and a similar selection resides within the women's fitness center, kept private so gentlemen aren't embarrassed when out-dead-lifted by their grandmother. The socially fearless burn calories and build bridges in the weekly classes, ranging from basic yoga lessons to dynamic aerobic workouts. Group cycling sessions use the Matrix X-bike's rotating handlebars to mimic real racing situations, with some classes held outdoors to flesh out the athletic illusion. Bodypump programs repurpose weight-room exercises, such as squats, lifts, and curls, to strengthen the entire body in energetic 60-minute bursts.