Pit Elevated's coaches specialize in mixed martial arts training. Coach Jason Mertlich's roster of students includes UFC fighters such as Court McGee and Steven Siler, to name just a few, and The Pit is also the home gym of professional fighters like Steven Siler and Rad Martinez. But despite all that, Coach Mertlich knows that MMA training isn't a fitness style that suits everyone, nor is it the only kind of workout a good fighter should pursue.
So instead of only sticking to one style of training, Pit Elevated offers a variety of classes that cater to exercisers of all ages and abilities. Trainers hold martial arts-free fitness sessions for kids ages 4 and up, and lead yoga and Pilates sessions to help hone flexible limbs and strong cores in aspiring fighters and noncombatants alike. They also teach a fair handful of martial arts and fitness fusion classes, such as the CrossPit MMA Fitness course, which combines essential technique training with heavy weight lifting, extended cardio, and striking work, but leaves out any contact sparring or dance fighting.
At age 19, Tara Marshall found herself working her way back to health after a debilitating car accident. During her recovery, Tara discovered Pilates, and she found that the gentle, fluid movements helped both strengthen the body and ease neurological disorders. Inspired to help others find the relief that she had, Tara pursued instructor training, studying assiduously in mat- and equipment-based Pilates. Once she had the knowledge of Pilates necessary to help others reshape their minds and bodies, Tara created Pure Pilates Classical Studio as a warm and welcoming place for people of all experience levels. Today, she teaches core classes that progress gradually from introductory to advanced movements to ease new students into Pilates practice. In keeping with her desire to help others heal themselves, Tara offers prenatal and postnatal sessions where pregnant women can strengthen their bodies to prepare for a healthy labor or help recovery after little ones are born.
Karve Studio's chief aim is in its name: to carve sculpted bodies with trim waistlines and lean but powerful limbs. Its instructors meet the task with the signature Karve workout, which fuses a variety of exercises into a single fitness regime. Ballet-barre moves, yoga, Pilates, core conditioning, and stretching work together to not only strengthen and tone but also add length to muscles.
Andrea Rogers combined dance and Pilates, her two greatest loves, to create a new genre of exercise, Xtend Barre. As a Pilates instructor, Andrea found that positioning her students upright allowed for a greater range of motion, and incorporating dance and cardiovascular moves boosted results. Eventually, she fused the two together and began teaching her new breed of exercise at Xtend Barre Provo. Her classes welcome all levels, offering a challenging workout without pushing participants too far outside their comfort zone.
Studio owner Julie Branham and her team of registered yoga instructors at Lifted Life Yoga support students? fitness goals by urging them toward a lifestyle driven by health and fitness, fostering an inclusive studio atmosphere where students of all abilities can develop their body awareness and hone yoga skills. Beginners can master the basics in patiently paced 60-minute classes where they follow instructors through muscle- and ligament-awakening stretches and breathing exercises to clear the mind. Once the knowledgeable teachers have successfully persuaded students over to the stretchy side, a plethora of specialty sessions geared to more experienced students addresses specific physical needs such as hot yoga, whereas ongoing power Vinyasa classes pay constant homage to the solar system's temperamental fire ball with a series of sun salutations.