When it comes to alternative medicine and metaphysical healing, Reverend Michael Phoenix Heart does it all. He's a certified herbalist, reiki master, psychic medium, shaman, and spiritual counselor—just to name a few. He unleashes this impressive grab bag of skills at The Eternal Temple, a serene space dedicated to promoting peace, compassion, culture, and human understanding. Here clients attempt to reconnect with passed loved ones during psychic readings, to achieve mind-body balance during reiki treatments, and to recount their soul's long, strange journey during past-life regression sessions. Visitors can also check out the temple's shop, which is stocked with incense, tinctures, and healing stones that help transform any home, office, or solitary confinement cell into a personal sanctuary.
At CrossFit 315, members build powerful, healthy bodies while losing weight through exercises that vary every day. Rather than wasting time on treadmills or ellipticals, CrossFit practitioners of all ages and body types swing kettlebells, squat, and deadlift their way to health. Workouts can be scaled to the participant's ability, and each person receives one-on-one attention in Foundation classes of up to 9 students. Foundations classes focus on fundamental mechanics of squatting, olympic lifting, and body-weight exercises in intense sessions as student are cheered on by coaches and other members, as clientele and clients alike celebrate each new achievement.
Veteran fitness instructor and eminently certified Zumba coach Kat Bombard understands that sometimes, exercise is only as effective as it is entertaining. That’s why she and Dancing Kats’ tight-knit team of instructors lead pupils through Zumba’s core-boosting aerobic dance moves, which gain extra excitement thanks to the workout system’s signature infectious Latin rhythms and beats. In addition to sweating away excess calories and maintaining healthy hearts with Zumba dancing, students also build targeted muscle groups with body tone classes or work midsections into rippling washboards with express abs courses.
After realizing her successful yet stressful career in retail wasn't making her happy, Kim Fischer turned her passion for yoga practice into her very own studio, Lotus Life Yoga Center. During weekly hot yoga classes, Kim and her crew of certified instructors heat the serene, lavender-colored practice space to a balmy 90 degrees to help practitioners sink safely into healing postures and stretches. While Kim's teaching style takes students through flowing, Vinyasa-based posture sequences that link movement with conscious breath and pinky-pointing direction, the studio also offers slower-paced restorative styles, yin-yang yoga, and yoga and Pilates fusion classes designed to increase range of motion and bolster the abdominals.
Pulse Fitness Studio's students finesse footwork in daily classes set in a sun-drenched studio built for specifically for dance. As an overhead sound system cues up international tunes, Zumba students step into a party-like class atmosphere where an instructor demonstrates the fat-burning shimmies of Latin-inspired choreography. Pulse's varied Zumba curriculum also includes Zumba Toning, Zumba 101 for first-timers, and Zumba Gold, where instructors take the dance steps' intensity down a peg for those with physical limitations. Using further dance-hall inspiration, hip-hop boot camp coalesces funky cardio with resistance training facilitated by weighted boom boxes. Wind down rhythm-fatigued muscles in yoga or Yoga-lates sessions, which combine the core whittling of Pilates with stretch- and flexibility-centric yoga poses.
For students looking to build muscle and strength, coaches turn fitness routines into fun, engaging workouts that students can look forward to, with everything from high-energy boot camps that build endurance with military exercises to toning, tightening T-n-T courses designed to firm up cores and glutes.
Tia Falcone wasn't always the muscular fitness afficionado she is today. In fact, there was a time when she was extremely overweight. It was only after she developed a fitness plan and healthy eating habits that Tia won her slim physique and sculpted abs, and eventually went on to earn her certification as a personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Today, Tia pulls from her unique experiences and years of training to help clients reach their fitness goals at her own studio—Tia Falcone Fitness. Within the bright space, Tia conducts personal-training sessions and group fitness classes such as kickboxing and body sculpting. She leads her students through high-intensity cardio and strength-training exercises using functional equipment, including exercise balls, resistance bands, and kettlebells.