Armed with equal parts passion, dedication to the practice, and wisdom gained through teaching certifications, Blissful Yoga Studio's instructors help students achieve lithe, flexible bodies with classes catering to all activity levels. Introductory classes help beginners pay special attention to their alignment and breathing, and hot Vinyasa-flow classes challenge the mind as well as the muscles with a continuous series of empowering postures performed in a room that's heated up to 97 degrees. Instructors also incorporate the studio's specially outfitted wall, using its system of straps to sink students into deeper supported postures during yoga wall stretch sessions, which help them better impersonate the lowercase letter q. In addition to classes, the studio hosts workshops for seniors and those recovering from injuries that cover the basics of the yoga sutras.
Accountability, motivation, and guidance: these are the three things that set StudioFIT apart from its competitors. Long-time trainer and StudioFIT founder MJ Reavley noticed what happened when people went to the gym without these three elements: they didn't get their desired results and often quit. To avoid this outcome, he established a center where members were motivated to get in shape, held accountable by each other, and consistently challenged by fitness personnel during specialty classes and training sessions. Thanks to high-intensity workouts that employ metabolic conditioning and functional movements, they burn more calories than they would simply running on a treadmill or running away from a treadmill that's magically come to life. But members don't just get exercise at StudioFIT—they also receive customized meal plans and are invited to attend weekly nutrition counseling led by a dietician.
Created by renowned fitness expert Jaime Brenkus, the man behind the 8 Minute Abs workout videos, the Slim & Fit approach to wellness is much more than a diet. Certified Slim Coaches and Fit Trainers helm weekly weigh-ins and exercise sessions, slinging encouragement that’s grounded in their commitment to cultivating permanent behavioral change. Fueled by a passion to help others achieve their goals, Cathy Lombardo, along with her husband Chris, decided to bring Brenkus’s philosophy to their community. After cutting the ribbon, a ceremony that Brenkus himself attended, Cathy got busy putting her experience as an all-American track-and-field athlete to use guiding others toward overall well-being.
In addition to the hunger-curbing six meals a day that participants enjoy on the 4-2 Slim Plan, exercisers burn calories during Brenkus's Fitness Fusion workout via resistance, cardio, and strength training. The system's patented portion-control plate demonstrates the appropriate amount of food to eat or store in second stomachs for the approaching winter months.
Jennifer Pilates’s clients range from celebrities to professional athletes to international fitness gurus, none who live in Scottsdale. Luckily for them, she’s turned to Skype to revolutionize and expand her classroom, doling out individualized lessons online. She partners her high-tech classroom with an actual studio in Scottsdale, where students can take part in the core-strengthening practice of Pilates in both group mat lessons and private training sessions. She also conducts wellness consultations to further boost her students’ health.
Like a trip to the all-you-can-dance buffet, Jazzercise incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, and air-busting kickboxing. In 60 minutes of class, participants of all ages and levels will benefit from improving their cardio, strength, and flexibility while burning off up to 500 calories and improving their chances of impressing Kevin Bacon at a celebrity dance-a-thon. Dancing with the Stars two-time champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise’s improvisational workouts, but clients won’t need her encyclopedic knowledge of flashy footwork and spirit-fingered dance moves to get the most out of each class. Those prone to first-class jitters can review the basic moves before their shimmy session.
Fitness Dynamics Studio owner KC Ackerman brings her passion for Pilates and fitness to a variety of group fitness classes. An NASM certified personal trainer, KC teaches with the goal of bringing balance to the bodies of her clients. Complementing KC are a team of instructors, who boast certifications ranging from STOTT rehabilitative Pilates to Zumba and turbo kickboxing. Together within the walls of the 4,300 square foot studio, they bring their skills and experience to high-energy fitness classes held six days a week, relegating all low-energy fitness classes, such as Power Napping, to Sunday afternoons.