The instructors at Body & Core Pilates Studio take their craft so seriously that they are constantly enlisting in training and seminars to advance their Pilates knowledge. This training informs the Pilates lessons they lead, whether they're devising a personal-training plan to tackle a client's unique fitness goals or overseeing a quartet of students as they work atop reformer machines. The studio has also added suspension training—which, like Pilates, strengthens and tones the core—to its class curriculum.
On the "Our Story" page of Twin Power Yoga's website, owners Ann and Ali express their belief that "by sharing yoga, we share ourselves." They know something about sharing—they're twins, after all, which they believe connects them spiritually as much as it does physically. At their West Palm Beach location, these siblings and their fellow instructors help participants of all experience levels explore their own physical and spiritual relationships to the world around them through Twin Power's style of power yoga. In heated studios with colorful walls and hardwood floors, instructors lead postural sequences that build both strength and cardio conditioning. Between flows, they emphasize meditation, helping practitioners let go of the competitive demands of daily life and pet beagles they already regret teaching to talk. This alternation between highly physical postures and awareness of breath encourages students to listen to their bodies. Classes always end in meditation, giving participants time to sit with whatever feelings their practice awakened.
Native Yoga Center's founders, Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, have shown young yogis how to reap the benefits of bending and balancing in four countries: the United States, Australia, Thailand, and India. Their diverse international experiences inform each of the studio's challenging classes, which are scheduled every day of the week, except for days of the new moon or full moon or when the moon has to stay home and wait for the Internet guy. Stretchers of any skill level can attend 60-minute Vinyasa sessions, which highlight gentle movements, meditative breathing, and proper alignment, or 90-minute Ashtanga classes, which aim to increase muscular strength and balance. Native yoga classes take place in a warmed room to promote greater focus, encourage detoxification through sweating, and help students locate the frozen-fish-stick burglar based on escalating aromatics.
Since 1983, My Gym Children's Fitness Center has blossomed into more than 200 locations spanning 25 countries, striving to foster children’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development in a structured, safe environment. Guided by founder Randy Bertisch’s vision, teams of motivating and energetic instructors weaves music, dance, and gymnastics into classes that boost little one’s self-esteem and creativity at each location. During martial-arts and gym classes, which are divided by age, kids pump up their muscles and coordination skills, preparing them for a future of battling dragons. The open-play sessions welcome kids to caper about the vibrant facility’s play equipment, interact with toys and games, and plunge into bottomless ball pits. Both the classes and open-play sessions cater to kids 6 weeks–13 years old.
As its name suggests, Barefoot Yoga Studio takes a laid-back approach to yoga, a traditionally laid-back mode of physical expression. Even students without extra funds are welcome to attend classes, and are asked to just place whatever they can in the donation box. The studio wants to ensure that no one misses out on a Hatha or flow class at the studio, or a beach yoga session on the shoreline.
Being a successful natural bodybuilder was only the beginning of a fitness journey that led Cast Iron CrossFit owner Matt Franco toward a deeper, biological understanding of how exercise and dieting affect our bodies. Franco obtained a degree in biology from Binghamton University and went on to study Nuclear Medical Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology, working in the healthcare industry for many years before discovering CrossFit. With its simple, ever-changing movements, CrossFit tied in perfectly to what he'd learned about having to constantly challenge and surprise the body in order to achieve results and his passion for helping others find the most effective way to get fit and healthy.
His newfound love for CrossFit inspired Matt to open his own studio which today operates out of an expansive 3,000-square-foot facility. At Cast Iron CrossFit, workouts strip away everything but the essentials. With the Cast Iron CrossFit Unloaded classes, students can get the benefits of CrossFit, but without the heavy lifting or tire throwing. Matt teaches movements designed using the principles of body mechanics. Just like the classes Matt took once upon a time, the workouts can be customized to challenge both beginners and seasoned athletes, and the exercises increase in difficulty and intensity over time. In a supportive class environment, students master Olympic lifts, body-weight exercises, and plyometrics as they build toned, lean, lithe bodies.