Because they believe movement is a precise science, the teaching team at Pilates + Yoga only recruits experts. Each certified instructor must have a background of 10 years or more in their movement-based art, whether they practice Pilates, yoga, dance, or interpretive sitting. They wield their knowledge during the studio's classes, adapting mat-based and apparatus moves to suit beginners and Pilates pros alike. Their wealth of experience also allows them to structure specialized lessons for pre- and post-natal women. From moves aboard the reformer machine to Vinyasa sequences to boot-camp circuits, they compose workouts that hone both strength and mental focus. The Pilates + Yoga studio reflects the same level of commitment toward the environment that the teachers display for their practice. Students stretch on bamboo flooring, their silhouettes dimly illuminated by low-lighting sconces, and solar blankets deter the sun. Reusable cups and cloth towels cut down on waste, and the Return Your Mat policy ensures that no mat purchased at the studio is thrown out or forced to work under wrestling Barbie dolls.
Gone are the tire-flipping and endless pushups; gone are the shouts and intimidating stares. These tactics are customary at co-ed boot camps, but at Girlie Boot Camp, the certified team of all-women trainers takes a more upbeat and fun approach. They characterize themselves as tough cheerleaders—they're ultra supportive and can't be ignored—who motivate gals of all fitness levels through each 50-minute session without the threat of latrine duties.
Designed by a woman with the female form in mind, the exercises at Girlie Boot Camp target areas of the body that most-often concern ladies, such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks. Instead of focusing on adding upper-body bulk with pushups and heavy weight-lifting, the workouts emphasize toning the lower body through upright bike sessions, light jogging, and stretching. Sessions often call upon Pilates and aerobics, and also incorporate light weight-lifting to sculpt statuesque arms.
Unlike fashion trends, one-hit-wonders, and tattoos that say “I voted for Nixon,” flat stomachs and well-defined muscles never go out of style. Fueled by Joseph Pilates's core-focused philosophy and signature workout regimen, the certified instructors at A Body in Balance Pilates Studio strive to keep abs and limbs toned, leading group classes, private sessions within a mirrored studio stocked with row after row of reformer machines and other equipment, and preparing new instructors for BASI Pilates certification. When not helping beginner- and advanced-level students increase their muscle definition and balance, the staff spends its time and money donating to national and local organizations such as Three Square, Positively Kids, Woman’s Club of Summerlin and local schools.
Though Sue Harragan and Tawnya Christian discovered barre workouts on opposite coasts, a mutual love of fitness and their desire to help others achieve their "best self" brought them together in Las Vegas. The business partners now helm Barre Las Vegas, a studio that strengthens hearts, cores, and limbs with ballet-inspired barre workouts. Upbeat music fuels each session, during which students line up at the barre and perform a routine of precise dance-training moves that blend yoga poses, Pilates exercises, and orthopedic stretching. While patrons burn calories during bouts of fat-burning interval training, they also increase their flexibility and tone their muscles, making their bodies as lithe and lively as a break-dancing slinky. In addition to leading barre classes, the motivating instructors push students toward their fitness goals with workout-enhancing tools such as TRX suspension-training straps.
Bikram Yoga Westside's 14 instructors all have athletic or artistic backgrounds, which they use to inform hot-yoga classes taught for the studio's students of all skill levels. During each 90-minute session, instructors guide the class through Bikram yoga's 26 poses in a heated studio kept toasty warm at 105 degrees to help detoxify, increase circulation, and improve flexibility. After class, patrons can wash away their sweat in the studio's men's and women's locker rooms, which are outfitted with showers, electronic lockers, and hair dryers. The studio provides towel and mat rentals for students who prefer to use theirs as tasteful home furnishings. For safety and purity, the studio also runs double-filtered water through its showers and sinks.
Spinal surgery led Nina Waldman to Pilates. After her husband was injured playing professional basketball in Jerusalem—severely enough to require surgery—she became fascinated with Pilates, which he took up as part of his physical rehabilitation. Nina originally aspired to a career in sports medicine, but instead became certified in Pilates and opened two studios, one in Jerusalem and one in her native Las Vegas.
At Body in Mind, Nina and her staff teach Pilates, yoga, and spinning, as well as Candlelight Stretch. This class combines yoga, Pilates, strength training, and sports stretching, and is taught by candlelight. In addition to fitness classes, Body in Mind also stocks Juice Plus+ to supplement healthy diets.