Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Korrie's Pilates Place’s founder, Korrie Sudweeks, channels her experience as a personal trainer and former gymnast into an entire spectrum of wellness services, including yoga, Pilates, massage, chiropractic medicine, and skincare. Her classes adhere to the philosophies of Hatha yoga, which carefully ties breath to movement in slow-paced flow or heart-pumping power-yoga sessions. Pilates veers down a different path to fitness, employing mats or equipment such as reformers, Wunda chairs, and the Barrel to strengthen and tone the core muscles that buttress spines and tricornered hats. Large mirrors reflect students’ progress against the backdrop of lime-green walls and hardwood floors.
Amid the feng shui d?cor of Anahata Movement Arts? sunlit studio, limbs twist and muscles tone during an abundance of yoga and movement classes held throughout the week. Experienced instructors lead Hatha- and Kundalini-style yoga classes for a range of ability levels and delve into alternative forms of cardio during belly-dancing and Pilates sessions. Massage therapists employ reiki techniques to heal tense bodies and frazzled minds, and inner peace blossoms during free weekly meditation sessions. The yoga masters can share their expertise individually with students during private sessions or bring classes to company offices to reduce workplace stress and build camaraderie among coworkers or rival circus troupes.
With more than 55,000 square feet of climbing surfaces, Hangar 18 offers ample terrain for climbers of all skill levels. From first-timers just learning to belay to seasoned climbers seeking a vertical challenge, athletes of all stripes can find suitable terrain and helpful assistance from experienced staff members. At the various Hangar 18 outposts, climbers can find top ropes and lead routes circling freestanding boulders, challenging crack climbs, and 40-foot roof climbs. And, after traversing 70-foot routes through lead caves and descending towering boulders, climbers can decompress in a yoga class.
Unlike Rube Pilates-Goldberg classes—which use comically complicated contraptions to help tone, stretch, and flex muscles—Articulations' mat classes teach the fundamentals of Pilates using only an exercise mat, Pilates positions, and the freedom of the open road. Pilates's focus on constant motion and smooth, graceful transitions between exercises produces a lot of benefits—increasing overall strength and endurance (especially in the core muscles), improving posture, and keeping the body aligned.
Challenging yet fun and accessible dance classes offer participants engaging options that nurture whole-body fitness and stress-shedding rug cutting. Classes offered are tummy-trimming belly dancing, attention-grabbing burlesque, and Latin-dance-infused Zumba. Students will toughen up their windpipes and strengthen their cores while preparing themselves for impromptu dance-offs with neighborhood gangs of ballet dancers. During the month of unlimited classes, patrons can get their groove on while shedding pounds like feuding circus strongmen in a barbell fight. Nestled in the scenic Riverside area, Spiritus provides a welcoming fitness abode that provides an excellent spot for acquiring shapely silhouettes and alluring dance moves that put the mating rituals of pink flamingos to shame.