When Christopher Geary began teaching martial arts back in 1994, he didn't even have a facility in which to do so. Instead, he used a schoolyard. Christopher had just returned home from the Marine Corps and brought with him skills in the art of kenpo karate. Today, as a 10th-degree black belt, Christopher does have his own facility—and he teaches every class that takes place there.When he isn't schooling students on the mats at Geary's Kempo Karate (Omaha NE), Christopher can be found volunteering his wisdom and teaching self-defense techniques around the community.
At Fitness Fix, LLC, seasoned instructors propel exercisers toward pinnacles of wellness and confidence. Floor classes such as Pilates mat and piloxing teem with isometrics that sculpt the limbs, core, and lower back, and spring-powered reformers target the same muscles during Pilates equipment classes for all levels of fitness. The studio also specializes in TRX training, whose scalable bodyweight exercises build enough strength, coordination, and balance to putt Saturn’s moons through its rings. The studio also offers private and semiprivate sessions, in which instructors tailor workouts to goals such as weight loss and sports performance.
When was the last time you performed a walking lunge with a pumpkin instead of a medicine ball? Or took a cycling class with an '80s-era pop star? On Halloween of 2012, Pinnacle Fitness Club was filled with unusual props and colorful characters—and not just the typical athletic equipment or energetic personal trainers. The gym encouraged members to wear costumes to their workouts, resulting in classes filled with faux surgeons and familiar Dr. Seuss figures.
It may only happen once a year, but the lighthearted spirit of the club’s October 31st festivities embodies its continually down-to-earth, friendly environment. It offers amenities such as new cardio and weight-training equipment and a 25-yard lap pool to encourage patrons on their journies toward better health. After their workout, guests can head to the jacuzzi to unwind.
All of Omaha Yoga School's classes help connect minds and bodies, but one does it particularly well, Hyp-Yoga. This class uses deep breathing and deliberate movements to help students focus on their life goals, whether they want to experience less stress, lose weight, or levitate.
Mind/Body Melt classes also help center the mind and release tension, and traditional Vinyasa classes rely on focused deep-breathing to power movements. And because class sizes are small, with no more than eight students, there are few distractions.
After stints in the corporate fitness world, Dustin Adams, Patty Failla, Simon Corzine, and Andrew Failla struck out on their own to create their dream gym: Fit Farm. The 9,500-square-foot facility houses a main workout area with turf and rubber flooring, which accommodates specialized sports training and intensive CrossFit workouts. Between that space and a group-exercise room whose Pavigym flooring boasts a 45% impact-absorption rate, certified trainers help guests avert intense joint strain while striking yoga poses and Pilates moves, or maintaining stamina throughout boot camps. Along with exercise, Fit Farm keeps patrons looking and feeling their best with lifestyle supplements stocked in the fitness shop and consultations with nutrition consultant Terry Shanahan, who dispenses dietary advice more comprehensive than, "Eat this, not that."
Kelli Morgan is so passionate about yoga that she can't help but share it with others. Her zeal for the discipline surfaced in 1989, when she began studying Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room. Eleven years later, she completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Bikram's Yoga College of India and launched a career as a hot-yoga teacher. Since then, she's also incorporated traditional, non-heated yoga into her class lineup at Liv Yoga Bellevue. Hatha sessions focus on alignment and breathing techniques, whereas Vinyasa classes meld breath and movement into a practice that moves fluidly, like a freshly shaven dolphin. The studio also hosts yoga classes for kids aged 4?10 and participates in community events such as Yoga Rocks the Park.
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