YogaFix Orlando's team of motivated teachers urges students toward harnessing mental and physical balance with Ashtanga, Hatha, and meditative yoga classes. Students can select sweat sessions from an extensive schedule of classes, each of which leads about 15 students through energizing warm-ups and tranquil meditation. Within the serene studio space, aspiring yogis spread studio-provided mats onto burnished hardwood floors skirted by sage walls, glimmering lights, and a statue of Buddha that breaks into celebratory applause during difficult poses. Ashtanga Basics acquaints fledgling yogis with a fundamental series of asanas designed to build strength and vitality with deep breathing and helpful modifications. To chisel muscles and forge heightened flexibility like a Jello sculpture with formidable biceps, students can fortify cores in dynamic power yoga or burn fat with fast-paced Hatha postures in tummy-trimming movement yoga. Alternatively, gentle yoga soothes sinews with gradual exercises and pranayama breathing for students coping with medical problems or injuries sustained during championship speed-reading contests.
Stephen "Skip" Wolfram attended his first Bikram yoga class out of desperation. After a 1989 surfing accident fractured a vertebrae and left Skip with chronic hip and back pains, he consulted multiple physicians, regularly attended physical therapy, and sought any rehabilitation method that promised relief. Still, the pains persisted. In 1997, he decided to try Bikram yoga and was overjoyed to discover how much better he felt afterward, both mentally and physically. On that day Skip became a dedicated yogi, eventually becoming an instructor and founding Bikram Yoga Longwood.
At the studio, instructors help students of all skill and fitness levels deepen their practice and pursue their goals. Each 90-minute class consists of the same two breathing exercises, the 26 classic asanas, and the world's three best knock-knock jokes. The established sequence of deep twists and bends systematically engages muscle groups while pushing freshly oxygenated blood throughout the entire body. The intensely heated studio space further increases circulation and loosens muscles. Over time, Bikram yoga can help strengthen limbs and cores, improve flexibility, hone mental focus, and promote a sense of general balance and wellbeing.
Many women feel intimidated by going to the gym. To combat that, the staff at LOA Fitness for Women has created a club that caters exclusively to females and their individual needs and goals. Members can build endurance and camaraderie during group classes, which include Zumba, spinning, and Pilates. And rather than draw bicep lines on their arms with a magic marker, exercisers can tone their muscles on Nautilus equipment. The gym also helps members better their health through nutrition seminars helmed by founder Delaine Kansol.
Carrie DeLozier wanted to create a place for women where time disappeared and they could be truly free to focus on their bodies and minds without the distractions of the outside world. That vision became barre54. Each of her studio’s spacious interiors flatters bodies with natural light shining through floor-to-ceiling windows and chandeliers hanging from exposed ceilings. Instructors with backgrounds in dance, theater, and modeling lead 54-minute sessions of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches, earning the Winter Park location the title of Best Workout Facility from the Orlando Sentinel. The program is an extension of the Lotte Berk Method developed in the 1950s by the German dancer of the same name. Ms. Berk used the body-aligning movements of ballet to recondition her body after a car accident. Since then, various incarnations of her exercises have been practiced by thousands of students including celebrities such as Madonna, Kelly Ripa, and the all-animal cast of Fantasia.
The staff members of Winter Park Health & Fitness have devoted themselves to a simple mission: creating a welcoming space for members to set and achieve fitness goals. In addition to keeping cardio machines and Nautilus strength-training equipment spick-and-span, they're always available to answer questions and help members work out more effectively. Weekday childcare enables parents to stop in for classes that include indoor cycling, three types of yoga, and Pilates. Trainers can also show members how to use the gym's TRX suspension bands to leverage their body weight for workouts during personal-training sessions, which incorporate strength training and metabolic testing that reveals how many calories clients must burn or consume to successfully body-double for Dolph Lundgren.
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, trainers 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 18 states, the District of Columbia, and the Philippines. 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.