The instructors at Greening Place Yoga & Wellness break down the barriers that prevent people from achieving alignment in mind, body, and spirit. They do so with a variety of yoga and wellness classes, offered at a little white house on Blaine Street. Inside, students practice restorative Vinyasa, beginners yoga, and early morning slow flow classes.
Dance instructor Kelly Anderson didn't always like to exercise. But 10 years ago, at the behest of a friend, the mother of five attended her first cardio dance class and was thrilled to discover that exercise could be fun—as long as it was treated as though it were a party. Eager to share her passion and weight-loss tips with others, Kelly helms Dance Jam Fitness, where each class she teaches is a fun, energetic shindig complete with hip-shaking tunes plus moves dedicated to sculpting muscles and building one's power to ignore come-hither stares from donuts. In addition to her class schedule, Kelly hosts motivational events throughout the year that help participants lead healthier lifestyles.
As a longtime dance-lover, Kendall Nielson knows firsthand how liberating and exhilarating dancing can be, even for those who might consider themselves to be beginners. That's why she developed the inclusive DIVA Dance Fitness class, where female students from every background are encouraged to move without inhibition and "perform" for the mirror. The fun, lighthearted classes tone limbs and midsections through fluid, elongating movements that can be as intense as the student desires. Workouts last 60 minutes and are set to an always-changing playlist of hits.
While students certainly build muscles at Little Feet Taekwondo, the martial-arts instructors focus more on strengthening each person's self-confidence. They work with all levels?white belts to black belts?to develop mental discipline, physical coordination, and defensive ability. Little Feet Taekwondo's instructors train students as young as 3, and family classes accommodate ages 10 and up, including adults. That way, kids and their parents can break boards and come up with their superhero catch phrases side by side.
Personal training sessions guide the healthy lifestyle principles upheld by Ultimate Fitness. Trainers customize workouts while providing personalized nutrition and diet guidance to help clients continue the work at home, and provide body-fat testing to track clients? progress. For those who work better with peer support, the gym's Buddy sessions allow clients to team up with a friend during trainer-led workouts. The gym also offers group boot-camp classes that focus on strength and conditioning.
At CrossFit E3, the team of eight certified trainers ensures participants receive individualized attention during each intense workout, which features ever-changing exercises. Intensity is the key word—they demand 100% and inspire their charges to give their all while pulling themselves up incline ladders, shimmying up ropes, and holding barbells overhead one handed. Classes are available seven days a week and include levels for beginners, seasoned CrossFitters, and kids aged 10 to 17.