A team of dedicated instructors coaches students through 26 body-bending Bikram poses in the sultry studio at Bikram Yoga of Oswego. During each class, yogis engage in a series of standing and floor poses tailored to foster deep breathing, improve circulation, and increase flexibility. Amid temperatures of up to 105 degrees, taut muscles mold into artful poses, which oxygenate the lungs more quickly than getting CPR from a hot-air balloon. Students sweat out toxins and stretch sinews in Bikram Yoga of Oswego's chic studio space, which gleams with glossy hardwood floors, wall mirrors, and suspended chandeliers that yearn to one day touch their toes.
Certified instructors shepherd students through sweat-inducing and deep-stretching yoga classes at AM/PM Yoga Source’s newly remodeled studio. Students tote along their own yoga mats for 75-minute intermediate Vinyasa classes, where experienced yogis and yoginis journey through a flowing series of challenging poses, including solar self-esteem-boosting sun salutations. A gentle 75-minute Chair Yoga class encourages pupils to perform tension-alleviating postures while seated to relieve back pain and ease older practitioners into asanas. The studio’s flexible schedule boasts morning and evening class times to accommodate fitness-minded multitaskers and stiff-winged bats.
Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience without a kindhearted gym staff and the proper support group of peers for encouragement. Go Figure Gym’s friendly fitness gurus are determined to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment where women can get in shape together. Classes such as Zumba, 30-minute workout circuit training, and hula hoops promote a sense of community as participants sweat side by side, shaking their rumps to Latin music, running in place, and playing Hot Potato with blocks of concrete.
With a comprehensive approach to physical health and well-being, Ja Spa & Fitness provides patrons with gym equipment, exercise classes, and a slew of spa services. Muscle builders can bulk, tone, and sculpt in the main weight room with an extensive assortment of free weights, machines, bikes, and hefty textbooks. Learn dark fitness secrets while picking the minds of experienced exercise sages who impart kinesthetic wisdom during 30-minute personal training sessions (a $20 value each). The VIP membership (an $80 value, including enrollment fee) includes sauna and locker room access. Eradicate lethargy in one of Ja Spa's myriad of fitness classes, such as cardio combo, Zumba, kickboxing, spinning, or yoga, an ancient form of exercise that has outlasted sheep benching and cardio poker.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Mossa routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
At Studio B Dance Co., owner Brandi Doyle and her friendly team of instructors empower youngsters to express themselves through the art of dance, whether recreationally or competitively. Their dance camps and classes for ages 3 and older cover a variety of disciplines, such as ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Students can show off their graceful footwork during an array of special events held throughout the year. Adults can also visit the studio to participate in rump-shaking Zumba classes that synchronize rhythmic cardio exercises with energetic Latin music.