There are two things Kindred Kids Yoga has that you might not find in other yoga studios: puppets and art. The yoga instructors use these methods during kid classes, where parents and kids perform poses and learn yoga together through creative processes. They begin with students as young as 2 and advance them through classes for kids as old as 12. The sessions involve yoga practice as well as exercises that help strengthen the body and build self-awareness, control, and confidence. They also have flow classes for adults, during which students move through asanas designed to boost physical strength and mental clarity.
Jim Micheels and Sam Brown aren't just the owners of Raleigh Running Outfitters?they're also avid runners. This makes them the ideal candidates for offering up advice to other runners, whether they're selecting the best running shoes for a customer or training a competitor for an upcoming race. They can also test a customer's running gait with Video Gait Analysis, allowing them to fit that athlete with a pair of high-performance shoes from their stock of more than 60 styles, all of which are thoroughly evaluated by the staff.
The staff at Too Sexy knows just how tough it can be to get in shape. Two instructors have gone on lengthy personal weight-loss journeys: one lost 60 pounds, while the other lost more than 200 pounds. They aim to make others’ journeys easier by enlivening workout regimens with high-energy classes, such as Latin dance-inspired Zumba, boot camp, and line dancing. They also offer flexibility-enhancing yoga classes as part of a robust schedule of more than 50 classes per month.
A single horizontal barre is the only equipment at Barre Up, but it provides ample motivation and creativity for body-toning workouts. Students step up to the barre to perform a variety of small, isometric movements, designed to sculpt lean, dancer-like physiques. To ensure top-notch instruction at Barre Up, the class sizes are kept small and each teacher holds a BarreAmped certification in addition to Pilates or yoga certifications?each of which is taught at the studio. For instance, they also lead Buti yoga, a high-intensity combination of plyometrics, yoga, and tribal dance.
During a variety of group fitness classes, the trainers at CORE Fitness Studio work their students into shape. The studio's signature boot camp changes up each session, doing anything from circuit training one day to tabatas the next in order to stave off boredom. One-on-one and small-group training is also available, and for those who want to overhaul their lifestyle, grocery-store tours and kitchen makeovers are also available in order to get clients on the right track with a healthy diet.
At Fit Bodies by Chrissy, personal trainer Chrissy lays out exercise routines that help her clients meet their specific fitness goals, whether they're getting married or have just had a baby. She combines resistance training with cardiovascular exercises to shrink waistlines and tone limbs—all while keeping clients encouraged with positive reinforcement and an upbeat attitude. Attacking weight-loss from both ends, she also doles out nutrition advice, such as how to whittle away calorie counts or increase protein intake.