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.
When Fit to Dance Club hosts dance-fitness class, it carries a little extra weight. Of the three female trainers, one trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, and two danced their way to fitness through multiple pregnancies. The simple Latin-inflected dance moves of Zumba combine into cardio dance routines, whereas their Pilates sessions build long lean muscle. Their ballet aerobics classes focus on conditioning, toning, and building flexibility, rather than on performance techniques, such as quacking like a real swan for productions of Swan Lake. During Wednesday and Friday Mornings, “Play Group” offers childcare for moms while they work out; alternatively, parents can occupy their youngsters with kids’ ballet classes, which build a technical foundation and expose youngsters to the expressive power of dance.