“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.
USKO?which stands for United States Karate Organization?teaches its students self-defense techniques from around the world, including judo, kung fu, tae kwon do, karate, and juitsu. Children?s programs focus on building gross motor skills, discipline, and self-esteem, whereas adult programs help students improve their stamina and concentration levels. Additionally, instructors work with students one-on-one during personal-training sessions and teach kickboxing and boot-camp classes.
Jarrod Weymar, the motivational trainer at Elite Fitness Training, helps guests of all levels achieve their fitness goals with boot camps set in his 11,000-square-foot facility. Equipped with hanging punching bags, TRX suspension training, and kettlebells, the studio witnesses incredible transformations aided by Jarrod’s meal plans and nutrition counseling.
Amid the feng shui d?cor of Anahata Movement Arts? sunlit studio, limbs twist and muscles tone during an abundance of yoga and movement classes held throughout the week. Experienced instructors lead Hatha- and Kundalini-style yoga classes for a range of ability levels and delve into alternative forms of cardio during belly-dancing and Pilates sessions. Massage therapists employ reiki techniques to heal tense bodies and frazzled minds, and inner peace blossoms during free weekly meditation sessions. The yoga masters can share their expertise individually with students during private sessions or bring classes to company offices to reduce workplace stress and build camaraderie among coworkers or rival circus troupes.
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.
The mission of Glow Yoga Studio is for each class to feel relaxed and reflective, giving students a chance to clear their minds as they improve their flexibility and strength. This studio, tucked inside Riverside Jazzercise, has a small staff of three instructors, two of whom have backgrounds that include dance and a third who traveled to India to learn how to teach yoga. They lead all-levels classes in three practices: Hatha, deep-stretch, and a blend of Iyengar, Yin, and Anusara.