Sisters Pooja and Cristal Sharma both had successful careers in chemical engineering and accounting, respectively, when they decided to immerse themselves in the study of yoga?s calming, restorative, and spiritual aspects. Now certified yoga teachers for more than a decade with more than 20,000 hours of experience, Pooja and Cristal guide students into seated and standing poses meant to realign the spine, strengthen the core, and increase flexibility. Their studio, Soul Power Yoga, opened in 2009 and holds daily classes that are geared toward newbies and pros alike. Special yoga classes even focus on expectant mothers or children ages 3-14. Additionally, a Bollywood Bliss class works out midsections with easy-to-follow belly dancing moves, while a Piloxing class combines Pilates, boxing, and dance. For those looking to become yoga instructors, the studio offers the RYS 200 Teacher Training program.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Like a delicious stir-fry, Studio Fusion's curriculum is a healthy and often spicy mix of ingredients. An overarching goal to combat boredom guides each session, and supportive instructors monitor their students with personalized guidance, whether they're showcasing a Zumba spin or one of Cardio Kick's rapid-fire jabs. Their classes range from yoga and cardio kickboxing to aerobic step and the Latin-inspired Zumba. In BarreFusion classes, students tone muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance with ballet- and Pilates-inspired workouts set to music. The staff also hosts personal-training sessions that continue to prioritize exciting routines, and instructors take their classes on the road for parties and fundraisers.
As the trainers at Fit for Life know, the pressure of gravity can hinder an effective workout—especially if you're injured. Because of this, they train healthy and injured exercisers alike on the use of the AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, which fuses the traditional exercise machine with a zero-gravity simulation device based on NASA-patented technology. Once the machine is activated, an inflating enclosure raises and expands around the runner's lower body. Using differential-air-pressure technology, the container adjusts the air to effectively reduce the runner's weight—allowing them to run, jog, or charleston with reduced joint impact. A touch-screen console, programmable workouts, and varying weight and speed settings help runners take on a different challenge each time they climb aboard.
When it comes to relaxation, Lisa K. Girandola offers a variety of options for pampering her patrons. She and her staff promote inner calm and relaxed muscles by ushering clients through 14 types of massages and 15 ways of smashing an alarm clock. Cold, clinical technology is nowhere to be found during facial and skin services. Instead, fruit and lavender peels and masks replace lasers and harsh chemicals during the spa's sea facials, herbal facials, and optimum rejuvenation treatments. In addition to beautifying and relaxing physiques, Lisa nurtures spiritual sides by attempting to balance chakras and leading students through three levels of reiki-attunement classes.
The trainers at Gravity Training Zone identify as fat-loss specialists, using an evolving training formula that combines progressive overload, interval training, metabolic conditioning, and peripheral heart action. They infuse this formula into their group fitness sessions, which cover subjects such as metabolic conditioning, interval training, and cardio boxing. They also specialize in training for young athletes, empowering them with exercises that boost power, function, agility, and balance for athletic performance. For an even more personal approach, they conduct semiprivate training and in-home personal training.