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.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.
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.
Jenni Anderson, the owner of Red-Yoga, has assembled a staff made up of instructors who have each trained under different teachers, giving students a buffet of yoga styles to choose from. During class, temperatures soar to 102 degrees, making muscles more flexible for deeper, safer stretches and causing pores to eject toxins in the same way DVD players instinctively eject Michael Bay movies.
CrossFit Station's experienced coaches mold men and women into Olympian impersonators during high-intensity CrossFit training sessions. Embark on a strength and conditioning journey with one month of unlimited classes, making exercise part of daily habits such as checking email or drinking beer in the shower. Classes combine sequences of short exercises drawn from a range of sprints, squats, pushups and more, igniting full-bodied athleticism and bolstering core power, flexibility, and stamina. Exercises are ever-changing, with the gym's [whiteboard] showcasing each day's featured workout alongside doodles of the trainers' favorite comic strips. Sessions run throughout the week, and may be scaled to accommodate athletes' fitness level and desired impact.