“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.
Source Yoga's intimate class sizes and wide array of offerings for every ability level ensure a personalized yogic experience. Ninety-minute sessions, such as Yoga Basics and Gentle Yoga employ doable postures to improve strength and flexibility. Assorted Vinyasa disciplines forge a harmonious marriage between rhythmic breaths and flowing moves, and a one-hour Yoga Fitness course dials up heart speed, allowing full-body conditioning for races with heartless tin men. Precision posing forms the basis for Iyengar-style classes, which use props for both support and muscle training. The studio also caters to kiddo-size energy stores with children's yoga lessons, cultivating uncanny abilities to karmically attract every dessert at the lunch table.
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.
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.
Owner Alona Smith and her team of instructors strive to provide a compassionate, empowering, and inspiring environment during yoga classes. Soft lighting provides a relaxing ambiance in the studio, with sleek hardwood floors and bright accent walls. Within this soothing space, students practice yoga styles including Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, and Hatha flow, and the instructors offer modified instruction during restorative sessions.