Founder and lead instructor Jamar has spent more than 25 years empowering students to take control of their lives by sharing his own inner journey through yoga. A certified Kripalu yoga instructor and meditation teacher, Jamar infuses each session of focused breathing and movement with his dedication for seeking the Higher Self. The yoga studio's dark wood flooring, green earth tones, and tranquil lighting cultivate a relaxing environment where students peacefully work their way through the Hatha-style poses paired with meditation and inner reflection, striving to calm the mind's constant nagging about remembering to breathe. The studio hosts more than 30 classes and workshops each month— including Zumba, belly dance, hoop, and tai chi, in addition to yoga—as well as regular presentations from guest speakers. Just beyond the meditation floor lies a metaphysical gallery of books, jewelry, healing stones, and crystals to supplement students' practice.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get in Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. Each of their small-group sessions are tailored to each exerciser. The trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then, they do 25 minutes of cardio—the trainers might start beginners with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for increased results.
The trainers supplement group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Sisters Sara and Leah are on a perpetual scavenger hunt. They live in pursuit of shri, which translates to sweetness or loveliness—a peace that can stem from practicing yoga and meditation. Alongside several other instructors, they combine flowing postures with inward reflection, hoping to achieve a more serene outlook both on and off their mats. To that end, they welcome students of any experience level to join them.
Their 75-minute group classes tend to synchronize breath with movement during alignment based yoga sequences. The classes stress proper alignment and self-awareness, meeting under names like Align & Flow and Flow & Let Go. Special workshops hone in on a specific aspect of practice, like how to do a proper headstand, and a bi-weekly session called The Conversation elicits discussions on life, personal challenges, and yoga philosophies. Those who desire a more personalized approach can also sign up for The Shri Life. This six-week program supplements private yoga tutoring with group lessons and journal writing, the purpose being to develop a person's physical practice and mindfulness simultaneously.
At Busy Body Fitness Center, members take advantage of a full slate of modern and old-school training techniques. Certified instructors lead sessions in modern fitness trends such as TRX suspension training, P90X, and Zumba, as well as the centuries-old practices of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Students can sculpt stronger arms during Extreme Boxing classes, build a rock-hard core with Pilates, or dance their way to tighter thighs during Zumba and Dance Jam sessions.
Like a prince fitting a slipper onto Cinderella, the trainers at Forever Fitness Studio make sure workout routines fit snugly and seamlessly. Head trainer Matt Goodrich and his staff collaborate to craft programs unique to the individual, and they're able to work with older clients, the blind, or individuals recovering from an injury. Members pound out sets on purple- and pink-colored strength equipment or work up a healthy sweat at the gym’s cardio theater.
When it comes to her clients, personal trainer Dana sweeps every aspect of wellness into her jurisdiction. At personal-training sessions in your home or outdoors, she’ll prove her extensive knowledge of TRX, fast-twitch muscle training, agility and strength conditioning, or whatever other workout you prefer. And she’ll augment it with nutritional coaching, as well as exercise guidelines you can follow outside of personal-training time.
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.