The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
There’s a no-nonsense intensity to the fitness approach at CrossFit Jaguar's gym—its mission statement declares that “routine is the enemy” and demands you to “release your inner beast.” To achieve these goals, the certified CrossFit trainers unleash their students to tackle various machines and workouts that work to transform health, appearance, and resolve.
No two workouts will ever be the same: in one session, you might find yourself on the tug-of-war ropes, obstacle courses, and the occasional piggyback ride. Olympic sports such as weightlifting and track and field inspire many of the exercises, from barbell squats to sprinting while jumping hurdles. Beginners can master CrossFit basics during small-group Foundations courses, which can teach you more about presses and cleans than a professor of laundry studies.
Along the way, the coaches aim to help you find success in your career and family life as well as in workouts. They often hold nutrition consultations and personal-training sessions to teach strategies for setting goals and managing your time.
At Shapes Total Fitness for Women, the instructors strive to make working out as easy and fun as possible. That's why?in addition to providing access to free weights and cardio machines?they host more than 67 group training sessions per week, with options ranging from yoga to indoor cycling. That way, clients can get in shape using whatever means work best for them. Some of the eclectic classes have zero impact on joints, too?specifically the ones in the on-site pool. These include 45-minute water cardio classes and versatile aqua aerobics sessions, which are ideal for athletes with arthritis and other special needs. The most completely flexible workouts at the gym, however, are the personal training sessions. The one-on-one workouts are designed purely around the client's goals, whether she wants to lose weight or grow strong enough to carry her favorite dumbbell home with her.
For the yoga classes, Jai Dee isn't interested in classifying people as beginner or advanced, but instead welcomes any interested parties to all sessions. True beginners won't have to feel like they don't know what they're getting themselves into, though: their schedule includes in-depth descriptions of all the classes, each of which is also rated by sweat level. The classes range from the gentler Relax and Revive to the more intense hold-focused Strength and Balance, with varying levels of intensity in between. For an added element of fun, Jai Dee also hosts specialty classes that include Zodiac Yoga, which is inspired by the week's astrological trends. The sessions might focus on combating stress one week and toning bods to meet a mysterious, attractive stranger the next.
At 4 a.m., few people are awake, and the roads are quiet except for the purr of the occasional insomniac car. It can be hard to get work done or even find anything that’s open, but light still spills from the door of Anytime Fitness, even on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Members have access to the workout facilities at any hour of the day, any day of the year, so they can bench-press free weights before dawn or ride an elliptical after giving their broken home stairmaster a proper midnight burial. Though club amenities vary by location—there are thousands of Anytime Fitness franchises throughout the world—most gyms offer a wide variety of workout wares and resources, including cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and personal trainers. In addition, most locations offer 24-hour tanning beds, letting guests soak in rays by night.
The trainers at CrossFit Malicious focus each workout of the day on functional movement rather than unnecessary muscle bulking and flexibility training done merely to save money when shipping oneself via ground carrier. Each class begins with an emphasis on proper technique to prevent injury and optimize each exercise. Instructors modify workouts to varying fitness levels, but the intensity never subsides, with students supporting one another in an empowering group environment. The workout gear used during each class is completely devoid of complex mechanical contraptions and reflects the minimalist surroundings, with stacks of weight plates for lifting or pushing, pull-up bars, and plyometric boxes.