Bikram Yoga Petaluma is the last in a long line of yoga studios opened by Lynn Whitlow. When this yoga championship judge isn't teaching on her home turf, she travels to other studios to lead Bikram yoga seminars and workshops. She and her team of instructors guide students of all levels through a series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises during each 90-minute class.
These intense workouts take place inside a heated studio that has whimsical touches. On the beige walls, there are posters of cartoon characters striking yoga poses, which serve as an amusing guide. The boutique has apparel from the Yoga Hell clothing line, which has a cartoon devil—an playful allusion to all the high temperatures, challenging poses, and tridents you must dodge in a typical hot yoga class.
TRX suspension training was originally developed to whip Navy SEALS into peak physical condition. Inspired by their chiseled physiques, everyday civilians have taken to the regimen, aided by the group classes at Inspired Fitness Training Center. Helmed by trainer Jennifer Fujii, a three-time USA National Aerobic Gymnastics gold medalist, patrons of all fitness levels work their bodies on the portable suspension-training machine to build strength, flexibility, and balance. The SPINNING-certified studio also hosts pedaling sessions on a fleet of more than 20 stationary bikes, and boot camps challenge guests with a total-body workout proven more effective and safe than playing tug of war with a tank. A spacious independent workout area, chock full of free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment, complements the classes, along with personal-training sessions and nutrition counseling.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
Heloventure founders can say they've probably seen the Golden Gate Bridge from above more often than they've seen it from below. That's because in 2010, the aviation-loving duo joined their piloting experience and passion for flight with the purchase of an R44 Clipper helicopter, which they now use to give area tours, hands-on introductory flight-instruction, and even aerial support for professional and amateur photographers. Heloventure was born with that acquisition, with the duo respectively having 20 years of piloting experience and 10 years of hands-on mechanic experience and organizing lessons and instruction.
Since its start, the business has expanded from commercial flights to performing scenic tours by helicopter and airplane that grant stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Coast and Napa and Sonoma wine region, while Mt. St. Helena. Mt. Diablo. and Mt. Tamalpias rise high above the endless valleys. For passengers who want even more control in their sky travel, Heloventure's flight-instruction program grants its students ground instruction and flight time in either a Robinson R-44 chopper or in a fixed-wing airplane. As students learn to properly pilot their aircraft, they get a gleam of the forces that drive pilots to do what they do, and they learn the dangers of decorating one's home only from in-flight shopping magazines.