Though Deb Sommerhalder built her career around exercise, it wasn't until taking a yoga class with her daughter that she truly felt healthy. This experience led her to found Inner Sun Yoga Studio, LLC, a sanctuary dedicated to physical fitness and spiritual wellness. Using focused movements, relaxation techniques, and meditation, seasoned teachers guide yogis of all levels toward inner peace and emotional fortitude. Bodies grow strong and flexible as they balance and bend, encouraging their owners to stand tall and move with increased dexterity. Hatha classes help students to hone basic poses such as arm balances and seated twists, and Vinyasa Flow sessions link these poses with deep breaths rather than chains of wilting daisies. To loosen tight muscles, the practice space warms to 78–82 degrees for group yoga classes and for private Thai yoga sessions, during which a skilled practitioner bends the client's body into salutary stretches and poses. After class, complimentary tea melts lingering stress and inspires students to commune with one another.
Exposed brick and sustainable cork flooring showcase the studio's history and its commitment to preserving the earth for future generations. To equip local youth with compassion and tension-fighting tactics, the studio also hosts children's yoga classes, whose poses brim with more fun than a kitten-filled bounce castle.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($49), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A personal training orientation familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new, confidence-boosting dumbbell friends. Highlight the results of this fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program with one month of unlimited tanning ($20 value) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the $99 enrollment fee.
CClark Pilates Studio owner Cathy Clark has been an instructor of classical Pilates for a decade, and in 2011, she was voted Fitness Instructor of the Year at the University of Utah for her work at the school. Now the head of her own facility, Cathy continues to teach classical Pilates during small-group classes held throughout the week. Her studio is equipped for both mat and equipment classes, and three days per week she offers a Pilates Express session in the afternoon for busy professionals.
• For $42, you get five consecutive days of 5:30 a.m. boot-camp classes for women (a $74.75 value), a 14-day meal guide (a $20 value), and a pre-camp health assessment (a $20 value; a $119.75 total value). • For $42, you get four consecutive days of 5:15 p.m. coed boot-camp classes (a $59.80 value), a 14-day meal guide (a $20 value), and a pre-camp health assessment (a $20 value; a $104.80 total value).
Valley Athletics's vast facility empowers exercisers to pursue their favorite sports and fitness regimens side-by-side. Four indoor hard courts host regular tennis leagues and lessons for kids and adults. The nearby air-conditioned viewing area also houses a pro-shop, with all the equipment to restring rackets on which too many air-banjo solos have been played. Teams of competitors enjoy year-round soccer leagues or hone their skills in classes on the 27,000-square-foot indoor turf field, which supports the use of cleats. The fitness facility itself, along with the sports training center, houses eight personal trainers and sports performance specialists who help clients hone their physical skills, on, off, and hidden in the field.
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, fitness frontierswomen move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis.