Aerial Bodies Pilates, Fitness & Therapy eschews the crowds, loud music, and sweaty equipment often found in larger gyms for an intimate, boutique studio that conjures a quiet, relaxed setting in which to exercise the mind and body. In the Pilates room, owner Lydie Robsham guides students through core-bolstering moves on Reformer machines that utilize the body weight of the exerciser to sculpt lean muscle, increase flexibility, and improve posture. In addition to a plethora of athletic accomplishments and teaching certifications, Lydie also boasts a license in massage therapy and can work out her clients' kinks with kneading techniques from a dozen different modalities. After a yoga or Pilates class, guests can unwind with coffee or tea.
The dedicated instructors at Xtend Barre & Pilates WPB offer a number of different workouts, including Pilates Reformer and Tower sessions, as well as private and group Pilates sessions. In addition to burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be, working to achieve strengthen your core and lengthen the body. In addition to leading barre classes, the certified instructors at the West Palm Beach studio show students how to use spring-powered Pilates machines.
Powerhouse Gym escorts its members toward healthier lifestyles with comprehensive memberships and a cavalcade of meticulously maintained equipment. More than newly installed 50 cardio machines volunteer to put legs through their paces as users utilize theater remotes to control one of seven different televisions. A neatly aligned contingent of benches, dumbbells, and racks populate the spacious free-weight area, and competitive guests can work up a sweat or settle disputes the way Congress does with intense games of racquetball. To shed calories among fitness confidants, slide into an expert-led group class such as yoga, Zumba, or cardio kickboxing. Additionally, two 30-minute sessions with a certified personal trainer help facilitate positive results with an in-depth review of individual goals. After determining each guest's needs and level of fitness, trainers can begin to coax fit forms from their subcutaneous hideaways with motivating workouts and softly hummed Rocky themes.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.
Equipment: Ballet barre, free weights, balls, bands
Students should bring: Socks
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Pro Tip: Work hard and try your best.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Dangling ropes, punching bags, and myriad weight and cardiovascular machines fill Ultima Fitness Downtown?s 19,000-square-foot space. A number of private studios host more than 40 group classes each week, including Zumba, Pilates, yoga, indoor cycling, and Silver Sneakers. Certified personal trainers work with clients one-on-one or in small groups from a couple of friends to a person and their Just-Like-Me doll. The gym is also outfitted with a childcare room that keeps tykes supervised while parents exercise and locker rooms with showers and a sauna.