The teachers at Mind Body Yoga have exciting experiences on their resumes: one led yoga retreats in Costa Rica, another trained to be a yoga instructor for more than 500 hours, and yet another trained to become a postpartum doula. Though they've taken different paths, all the instructors now guide students at the same studio. They each uphold the philosophy of Mind Body Yoga, which opened with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone in the community. The studio was designed to be a space where beginners and experienced yogis alike could experience the many benefits of yoga. To ensure the variety and accessibility of classes needed to meet this goal, these instructors helm of more than 30 classes a week. The schedule offers a taste of many different types of yoga, including prenatal, chakra, yoga fusion, restorative, power, vinyasa, and gentle basics.
At Big Joe's Little Gym, it's not uncommon to see clients swinging sledgehammers, hoisting barrels, and upending tires. It's all part of the gym's intensive roster of classes, which range from sweat-inducing boot camp and strength conditioning sessions to one-on-one personal training. To ensure folks get the most out of their visits, personal trainers give free consultations that help formulate a fitness plan tailored to personal goals, experience, and astrological sign. For solo endeavors, the 6,500 square foot gym packs the floor with dumbbells, treadmills, foam rollers, and resistance bands.
The instructors at Gracie United Jiu-Jitsu extol the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as a form of real-world self-defense. Beginner classes focus on fending off "street" confrontations, which typically involve punches and kicks. Kids' self-defense programs instill young students with the confidence and discipline to address confrontations with bullies and larger assailants.
It's easy to fit in a little relaxation when you work out at The Club for Women Fitness Center and Day Spa. As soon as you finish up a yoga or water volleyball class in the women-only club, just head to the on-site spa. There you can wind down from a workout with a mani-pedi, massage, or facial, instead of stretching or napping atop a treadmill. The beautifiers can even boost the effects of your gym time with Synergy, a treatment that tightens cellulite using vacuum massage. Best of all, the gym also offers childcare so kids will be watched-over and entertained as you indulge at the spa, work out in the gym, or exercise one-on-one with a personal trainer.
Bikram Yoga AZ’s coterie of certified instructors leads students through Bikram yoga’s 26 poses matched to two breathing exercises. Within a studio heated to at least 100 degrees, students flow through poses that strengthen and stretch muscles, ligaments, and joints. Each posture is designed to work muscle groups needed for the next pose, building a series of interconnected movements. Each posture helps to temporarily decrease blood flow to specific areas of the body, sending in a rush of freshly oxygenated blood to joints, organs, and limbs when yogis unfold from folds and twists, unblocking the tiny traffic jams of hemoglobin.
The experienced instructors at Arizona Elite Bootcamp understand that not everyone can do a one-handed pushup or bench-press a Fiat. Instead, they embrace each of their students’ individual abilities in boot camps, which combine the benefits of a strength and cardio workout with a motivational group mentality. In three outdoor locations, campers use both designated equipment and their own body weight to work their entire bodies. After workouts, clients can log in to the website’s fitness-tracking feature to view detailed reports and graphs that show their progress.