When it's 105 degrees out, most people prefer to be cooling off at the pool or in front of an air conditioner. But at Hot Yoga at the Edge, members welcome the increased temperatures. That's because the heat helps to boost flexibility, flush toxins from the body, and alleviate stress and anxiety. During classes such as Hatha and Yin yoga, practitioners move through asanas, or poses, as the heat bolsters their workout and assists in toning and strengthening their limbs, core, and inner magma. In addition to yoga, fitness enthusiasts can opt for barre fitness classes to burn, tone, and shake their muscles into shape. This full-body workout incorporates ballet exercises with small weights to sculpt the core, thighs, glutes, and upper body.
Yoga Soleil's certified, friendly staff instruct students in the ancient practice of yoga in a warm, welcoming studio. More than 10 class types suit different levels of fitness and yoga experience, starting with the Intro to Yoga class, which focuses on learning the basic postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques to calm stressed psyches and mimic bendy straws. More advanced classes include the fluid Vinyasa sessions and the core-strengthening power of the Yoga Pilates Fusion class. Gentle Yoga and Pre(post)natal classes champion customized, slower-paced poses perfect for older participants and new mothers. The weekly schedule offers sessions Monday–Sunday with morning and evening classes available to fit around midnight opossum photoshoots.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness promotes a five-pronged approach to fitness, covering cardiovascular, progressive resistance, proper diet, supplementation, and personal training. Like any decent clock factory, the clubs are open 24 hours a day, and each keeps its own schedule primed with group classes such as boxing, yoga, spinning, and hip-hop fitness. Body Sculpt sessions fashion forms with weights and bands, and Total Body Conditioning uses lighter weights and higher repetitions to create lean, mean muscle mass.
Members take part in complimentary wellness seminars from fitness experts to fine-tune their bodies, and teams of affiliated massage therapists, chiropractors, and nutrition gurus save skeletons and muscles from harmful injury.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Though the process of becoming a yoga teacher involves memorizing sanskrit and learning the roots and traditions of yoga, the best teachers manage to insert their own personality and teaching style into their classes. So when Michelle Ann Thielen founded Northwest Yoga Academy, she designed a teacher training that aims to help budding instructors find that sweet spot between honoring the long tradition of yoga and empowering teachers to develop their own teaching style. The school's instructors lead students through the 200- and 500-hour certification courses, as well as shorter workshops that focus on building solid foundations for a deeper yoga practice. But no matter the training, Michelle and her team work to make sure students find wholeness in mind, body, soul, and spirit.