The crowd's roar flooded the streets of Chicago as Darcy Zenker crossed the finish line of her first marathon, clocking in at 3:35. After she had been running for years—placing among the top finishers at four half-marathons and competing on the Southern Illinois University track team—she decided she needed a break. She then immersed herself in a new athletic pursuit—group fitness instruction.
Three years later, she became the head trainer of her own boot-camp fitness program, NowFitness, where her years of athletic training and certification in fitness instruction shine through in her workouts. In parks throughout the local area, she and her staff of fellow trainers lead groups through high-intensity workouts that take advantage of their surroundings. She motivates patrons to scale stairs, do crunches on benches, and hoist planks across grassy fields. The trainers also offer a stroller-based boot camp for moms, in which participants blast through cardio and strength-training exercises that incorporate their stroller with baby or a watermelon they've dressed up to look like a baby in tow. In addition to hosting classes, NowFitness pairs patrons with certified lifestyle and weight-management coach Amanda Bickel for a comprehensive five-week nutrition program.
We are now located at 111 W. Lockwood Ave. It's 3000+ sq. ft to play in. Along with a Private Room for 1 on 1 Pilates. 2 levels to provide lessons and classes, plus a full clothing boutique. Over 30+ Classes. Full Pilates Classes, Gyrotonic Expansion System, PILOXING and more
When Studio Rue claimed Fox 2's Best of STL for fitness studios, the award was well-earned. After all, its head instructor Kelly Ruesing, certified in Stott Pilates, approaches Pilates from a fresh angle: for medical purposes. She uses the practice as a complement to physical therapy to help clients recover from injuries more quickly. That's why the class schedule includes sessions set at varying intensities, from power Pilates and classes that use the tower or Reformer, to gentle Hatha flow yoga.
At Webster Yogaworks, husband-and-wife co-owners Catherine and Austin help clients reach a sense of overall well-being with invigorating yoga courses. Light flows through 11 expansive windows as yoga students build flexibility and strength through community-centered group classes and one-on-one private sessions.
Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10?60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface such as the top of Danny DeVito's head.
Owned by former athlete, personal trainer, and all-around muscle maven Ingrid Hurley, i Studio Reformer Pilates's two locations help students evenly tone their core muscle groups with a low-impact workout intended to forge lean, flexible physiques. The 2,500-square-foot Jason Court facility boasts two practice spaces with ample room for mat Pilates sessions and a selection of equipment, including Pilates chairs and Allegro Balanced Body Reformers to firm up aspiring belly-flop champions. Beginners' classes introduce the fundamentals of Pilates posture and movement, while more advanced sessions ensure low impact on joints as students push through challenging workouts to help develop balanced muscle groups with smooth, controlled movements.