History pulses through Lemko Hall, a turreted brick building in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Over the past century, it has served as a saloon, a ballroom, and a movie set where stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken filmed a scene for The Deer Hunter in 1978. Nowadays, one of the space's tenants, Studio 11, channels an even older legacy: the yoga tradition of ancient India.
The studio's seasoned teachers impart moving meditations that have been passed down from generation to generation via careful instruction and epic games of telephone. Classical Hatha poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength and flexibility as they learn to center their minds and control their breath. Students steep their minds in yoga's meditative qualities during flowing, breath-focused Vinyasa routines or explore the practice’s athletic side during Ashtanga sessions teeming with dynamic poses and vigorous thumb-wrestling bouts. Those seeking a more private yoga experience can engage in a Thai massage, in which a trained practitioner guides the body through assisted poses and stretches.
Yoga-inspired Pilates sessions revolve around centuries-old isometrics that promote balance and help chisel the core. Students seeking a full immersion in yogic history can enroll in studio-sponsored trips to India, which pair yoga classes with sunset meditations and spiritual discourses.
With thumb-wrestling season just around the corner, everyone is focused on getting those taut, sexy thumbs all the Hollywood stars have. Today’s Groupon makes sure you don't neglect the rest of your body: for $35, new customers get three 30-minute personal-training sessions (a $113 value) at Fitness Edge. This Groupon can be used at any of the three Fitness Edge locations in Lakewood, Rocky River, and Avon.
There are numerous reasons to try personal-training sessions. Self-motivating is difficult, and it's hard to go solo when getting over halrobaphobia (the fear of exercise equipment and warm metal). Fitness Edge's certified trainers will keep you motivated with one-on-one attention and shouted encouragement. Challenge your body to a duel with constantly changing, multifaceted workouts that push you to your physical peak, and get your heart pumping faster than well water on a sacrificial pyre of chanting Furbies.
Whether you want to shed a few pounds, add toner to your muscle cartridge, or simply study personal trainers in their native habitat, today's deal gives you the means to give your goal a what-for. Call ahead to schedule a session at your preferred location.
Fitness Edge has tons of client testimonials and was a nominee for CityVoter's 2009 Best Gym award. CityVoters give many thumbs up:
- Dedicated staff. Great facility for private instruction. Creative workouts. – Kelly S., CityVoter
- I've been working out at Fitness Edge for over a year now, and I have not tired of all the compliments I get on my weight loss yet! – bridgetw, CityVoter
- The only place that can really make you work out! – nicole s., CityVoter
- I have forever positively changed how I view my body and myself. What I believe makes Fitness Edge different than any other gym or work out facility are the instructors (they are the best), the totally positive environment, and all the encouragement and support you get each time you walk in the door. – Michele Hughes, Testimonial
Peak Performance's USPTA-certified pros help fledgling first-timers and proficient players hone their tennis expertise in a comfortable environment with a one-hour, private tennis lesson. Under the direction of Muriel Stine and Kevin Vaughn, who possess more than six decades of combined experience, the skilled staff provides an experiential lesson that titillates tennis learners on a mental, physical, social, and intergalactic level. From sharpening game-time strategies and improving physical ability to building court-born friendships and nurturing passion for the game, the one-hour lessons are as well-rounded as holes in the net caused by confused woodpeckers.
Founded on the belief that yoga’s transformative benefits should be shared with anyone interested—regardless of age, gender, or religion—Puma Yoga welcomes students of all experience levels to its non-competitive studio. Calming music reverberates through the intimate studio as students work on everything from relaxing flow to the more intense power yoga classes lead by knowledgeable and welcoming instructors. Private yoga sessions and workshops help developing yogis deepen their understanding of the practice and discover that triangle pose has nothing to do with their high-school band experience. Puma Yoga also offers workshops on topics such as nutrition and holistic health, and also offers a 10-week yoga teacher-training program for aspiring instructors.
Euphoria Health and Fitness provides athletes with the equipment they need to shape up, and the post-workout therapy they need to stay healthy. The gym populates its strength-training studio with Cybex VR3 equipment and lines it cycling studio with Keiser M3 bikes, which are highly stable and resistant to tipping as cyclists practice slinging newspapers. Circling the cardio center, Star Trac treadmills and elliptical machines flash shows and movies via their onboard high-definition televisions. Nearby studios host group fitness classes and boot camps where participants feed off one another’s energy to tough out rigorous workouts.
In a quieter nook away from the hullabaloo, a massage therapist relaxes sore muscles with sports, Swedish, and deep-tissue bodywork sessions. The therapist integrates ice and heat as necessary, helping endurance runners, triathletes, and everyday gym-goers reclaim normal range of motion. To elevate the experience, the therapist often plays gentle music and fragrances the air with essential oils.
Sometimes our dreams are within reach, but more often, those dreams are on the highest of high shelves, beside the BB gun and the cupcakes "for tomorrow." Reach that shelf with today's Groupon to stretch your muscles and muscle your stretches into a stretch of intense muscular moves. For $30, you get a five-class pass to Westside Yoga Studio in Lakewood, a $65 value. Upon your first visit, you'll receive your pass, which can be used toward any of the classes offered at the comforting studio. Once activated, you'll have 60 days to use your five classes, giving your card the considerable shelf life of a gallon of dehydrated milk.