At Beauty in Motion Fitness, surrounded by soft pink, white, and black walls and curtains, patrons take to a series of nine 12-foot stainless steel and brass poles. There, taught by the experienced instructor Liz and her staff, they'll participate in a range of classes, geared towards introductory subjects, spinning, and strength conditioning.
During each of Elite Boxing Academy's one-hour classes, professional boxers practice alongside students entirely new to the fighting discipline. That doesn't mean they're matched up in the ring, but it does mean that the studio is able to accommodate a wide range of skills and abilities. The instructors tweak exercises if students are finding them too easy or difficult, all while teaching and refining new techniques.
Bikram Yoga Claremont owner Joe Fuch first experienced yoga in 1975. After a winding career path that took him through multiple masters programs, a job as a library director, and a toxic work environment, he eventually found that [Bikram yoga] http://www.bikramyogaclaremont.com/theyoga.html) was the activity that brought him the most peace of mind and mental nourishment. Now as the owner of a yoga studio, he and his team of talented instructors guide others through the 26 poses that make up the Bikram style of yoga. Performed in a heated studio, Bikram is known for its ability to help detoxify the body, work deeper muscles, and help people determine if there is really a prince inside their snowman. And to accommodate their hardworking students, the studio has shower-equipped restrooms for rinsing off sweaty bodies.
After struggling with yo-yoing weight and self-image issues, Nancy Schopp reached a point when she became, as she puts it, "sick and tired of being sick and tired." So she got moving, reaching her own fitness goals and then helping others do the same.
Today, she stays busy leading up to a dozen classes every week. Her fellow instructors enthusiastically share the high-energy class load, teaching the newest blends of cardio and strength-training in X-Ripped and Zumba Xtreme NRG sessions. Experienced yogi Anne Gonzalez makes Vinyasa yoga's flow of poses accessible to yoga devotees, newcomers, and those just now discovering that their arms bend more than one way. In addition to group classes, the instructors also lead personal-training sessions and small-group training, supplementing cardio and resistance workouts with dietary guidance.
Founded by instructor and former street performer Maria Bernhard, Pilates Studio M hones torsos and limbs with Pilates mat and circus-inspired aerial silk classes. Open to all ages, Pilates ($70 for five classes) helps students focus and breeds full-body discipline, as the deft articulation of extremities makes doing the robot more attainable. The core-focused one-hour sessions have been helpful in treating everyone from scoliosis patients to those in post-surgery rehab. Although long practiced by certain worms, humans only recently caught on to the health benefits of dangling from silk. Two-hour aerial classes ($40 each), taught by professional suspenders, let participants increase muscle tone and flexibility while bearing their own weight as they hang from silk bands.
The instructors at Ace of Spades Boxing don’t just throw anybody into the ring. Their adult boxing program begins with four weeks of strength and conditioning training before the sport’s fundamentals—such as basic footwork and jabs—are even introduced. By week nine, teachers incorporate more advanced techniques, including combination punches and drills. After proving yourself with bag and mitt work, it’s time to step into the ring for full contact sparring sessions once or twice a week. Open to boxers of all skill levels, Ace of Spades not only hosts classes, but also offers weekly open gym times where patrons can refine their uppercuts.