Bikram Yoga is a twenty-six posture series taught in a heated room and is designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. Bikram's twenty-six exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body. Proper weight, mu
Verge Yoga's passionate and certified instructors foster personal growth in their students with invigorating yoga classes held inside a heated studio. The robust schedule accommodates morning folks and those who don't believe in sunrises with a variety of yoga classes. In the Stationary 60 class, beginners find balance with standing poses, core strengthening, and bends that encourage mindful alignment and stability. Flow-based classes range in duration, culminating in a challenging 90-minute session that guides limbs through a sequence of sun salutations, warrior poses, arm balances, and deep hip openers. Stomachs seeking new careers as washboards or speed bumps for Hot Wheels cars tone up during the Verge Core class, which combines yoga fundamentals with functional core training to target trunks and backs.
For Bonnie Weber, fitness is more than a way to look good in a bathing suit—it saved her life. When she suffered an aneurysm that led to emergency brain surgery, the surgeon told her that if she had not been physically fit, she probably would not have made it. So, as she navigated the long road to recovery, she was inspired to not only regain her own fitness, but to help others do the same. In 2008, she opened The Pilates Garden and Personal Training Studio to share her passion for Pilates’s strength- and flexibility-boosting workouts, as well as other forms of exercise.
Her studio is packed with Peak Pilates equipment, including mats, a reformer, a cadillac, and exercise balls. In addition to various mat-, equipment-, and ball-based Pilates classes, the experienced instructors, including Stephanie Lantz, lead Core Barre classes, which help boost coordination, strength, and flexibility with ballet-inspired movements and lead tutus. For a more customized approach, they lead one-on-one personal-training sessions, during which they integrate the principles of Pilates into workouts tailored to their clients’ goals paired with nutritional advice. The instructors can also organize semiprivate sessions for small groups. In any given sessions, they might motivate their groups to toss medicine balls, battle their own body weight with TRX suspension-training bands, or swing kettlebells.
For more than a decade, the dedicated staff members at Summit Fitness Club have strived to set their gym apart from other athletic facilities with their personal approach to fitness. The owners are regularly on site to oversee operations and offer words of encouragement, and general manager Grace Fiorilla—a longtime gym member and an instructor for the past four years—calls upon her personal experiences at the gym to keep guests engaged.
The team cares for youngsters in the childcare area and leads classes ranging from martial arts–inspired BodyCombat sessions to flowing Pilates classes. The renovated space is populated with large-screen plasma TVs and row after row of free weights and cardio equipment, including cross-trainers, elliptical machines, and spinning cycles with computer feedback. In the lounge area—which is decorated with vibrant orange walls and multicolored, 3-D artwork—guests can sip complimentary coffee to help them ease into the day from workouts inadvertently performed while sleepwalking.