Monkey bars, tires, and rings take the place of modern gym equipment inside the stripped-down garage-like facility, where patrons of all shapes and sizes power through the gym's total-body strength and conditioning regimen. The Crossfit technique combines functional movements with spurts of intense exercise to improve agility, balance, coordination, and muscle strength. Each coach's inclusive approach to physical fitness can be tailored to suit each individual's ability level to cater both to serious athletes looking to improve their sports performance and grandparents who need to bolster kid-squeezing biceps.
Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.
At Mandala Yoga Studio, you're just as likely to find a student trying yoga for the first time as you are to find a yogi who's been posing for decades, and the instructors like it that way. This diverse clientele gathers thanks to an eclectic class schedule that caters to everyone, whether they're just starting, well seasoned, or looking for something new and different. With more than 100 years of combined experience, the team of instructors help students relieve stress, boost flexibility, and build their communities with the classic techniques of Vinyasa, Hatha, Therapeutic, and Kundalini yoga, along with more unusual styles such as partner yoga, and breath-centered Pranayama.
U.S. World Class Taekwondo employs award-winning instructors to teach students martial arts and self-defense skills. During kids? martial arts classes, instructors split their time between bolstering tots? motor skills and increasing their self-respect and discipline. The adult classes combine combat techniques, self-defense moves, exercise, meditation, and, on occasion, dodgeball.
Lily-Rygh Glen wears many hats. She is a flexibility coach, a yoga teacher, a personal trainer, and the owner of Flexible Fitness. There, her diverse fitness background shows during personal-training sessions. Held at either Loprinizi's Gym or an outside location, a typical session may include weightlifting exercises, Thai massage, yoga, body-weight intervals, and boxing drills such as running around Mike Tyson 10 times fast.
As its name attests, Yoga Union is all about togetherness, valuing the strength and support of its student community over the athleticism of its members. Although this community is made up of people from all over the city, its roots are firmly planted in the surrounding Mount Tabor neighborhood; many of the highly trained teachers come primarily from the surrounding homes speckled across the scenic countryside. In fact, residents Annie Adamson and Todd Vogt?who would eventually become co-owners of the studio?fell in love with each other as students at Yoga Union, a testament to the close-knit, supportive atmosphere of the studio.
During the nonjudgmental classes, natural light spills in from the windows onto bamboo flooring, illuminating an open space where bodies of all builds and experience levels stretch, breathe, and hone their "Om" yodeling skills in rhythm.