“Our bodies were created to be active,” Roger Blackshear is quoted as saying on Blackshear Fitness’s website, adding that a sedentary lifestyle makes the body “soft, weak and totally unprepared for physical activity.” Blackshear, an NCCPT-certified personal trainer, knows about the body’s physical capabilities. Over the past 20-plus years, he’s wrestled, played semipro football, and developed a specialty for sports-performance training.
At his fitness facility, he and his staff nudge bodies into motion during private and group fitness training. They augment this training with nutritional advice and healthy, maintainable methods of losing weight, such as always putting your weight where the remote control goes.
OM Soul Sanctuary, a spiritual-healing center, focuses on building the strength of the body and mind, fostering a sense of oneness within the individual and in accordance with nature. Here, sanctuary-seekers can gain flexibility with the flowing postures of Vinyasa yoga or relax as a certified reiki master redirects the flow of healing life energy through their body. The center also offers educational classes and training for future healers. Chakra balancing, blessing and cleansing homes, and angel-tarot readings are among the other healing services available from OM, truly giving the spirit a respite from the sometimes chaotic demands of everyday life.
From the comfort of their brand new studio located near the Mount Rubioux and Ryan’s Park, the instructors at Source Studio inspire students to focus on health, well-being, and the integrity of their community. Their yoga sessions include beginner yoga and Vinyasa flow, as well as Kundalini yoga, which helps practitioners awaken deep meditation and enlightenment. Source Studio also offers Zumba fitness, R.I.P.P.E.D, cardio Pilates, and yoga & Zumba for children to help them release energy and gain confidence. In addition to keeping their doors open to students interested in group yoga and fitness classes, the instructors organize community-oriented programs for teens and seniors.
No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It?s a pretty stringent philosophy, but it?s one that?s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part support group, Curves is a women-only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Full-body, 30-minute workouts combine strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretching into calorie-torching sessions, which are enhanced by the Curves Complete program. The program, available at an extra fee, supplements efforts at the fitness center with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach. Outside the facility, members and nonmembers alike can purchase a variety of Curves products, from workout apparel and accessories to the protein powders and vitamins used to build strength or distract people from all of the caterpillars in medicine cabinets.
At The Pilates Retreat, workouts can tone the entire physique?but they can also hone in on the butt. The fitness center's Bootie Camp Yoga classes do just that, focusing on squats and incorporating light weights. Complementary classes work entire frames, with ballet-inspired Cardio Barre moves, and Yogalates regimens that blend yoga poses and Pilates core-strengthening moves.
Challenging yet fun and accessible dance classes offer participants engaging options that nurture whole-body fitness and stress-shedding rug cutting. Classes offered are tummy-trimming belly dancing, attention-grabbing burlesque, and Latin-dance-infused Zumba. Students will toughen up their windpipes and strengthen their cores while preparing themselves for impromptu dance-offs with neighborhood gangs of ballet dancers. During the month of unlimited classes, patrons can get their groove on while shedding pounds like feuding circus strongmen in a barbell fight. Nestled in the scenic Riverside area, Spiritus provides a welcoming fitness abode that provides an excellent spot for acquiring shapely silhouettes and alluring dance moves that put the mating rituals of pink flamingos to shame.