The leashes from students’ untamed muscles are released during a fierce two-hour clinic that combines savage techniques with safe and principled instruction. Students are led through intense exercises armed with cast-iron kettlebells and medieval conditioning tools such as maces, hammers, and greased-up Bubonic battle-axes. Effort and intensity are emphasized with odd lifts and bodyweight motions that leave muscles throbbing with equal measures of rapture and fatigue. Small group classes begin on July 16 and will be held every other Saturday, with reservations required.
The varied amenities of Harro East Athletic Club foster a well-rounded fitness regime, lavishing patrons with access to a full schedule of classes, a cardio theater, weight equipment, and recreational sport facilities. Guests can pump up heart rates by churning legs on Life Fitness treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals, or by pounding shoes against the running path overlooking the basketball court, which allows for mid-run entertainment and the chance to parachute in for the alley-oop. A wide selection of free weights populates the mirror-lined weight room, and interludes on the racquetball court or in the boxing room can add kinesthetic spice to humdrum, stationary muscle-sculpting routines.
Yoga DrishTi's instructor Nicole privately guides students of all levels through reflective small-group classes. Using ancient Indian sounds known as kirtan, students exercise their mind, body, and spirit through classes that are concentrated, alignment-based, and heart-centered. With a weekly menu that includes Manas [Mind] Your Mondays and Warrior Wednesdays, Yoga DrishTi's schedule provides several offerings to help pupils achieve inner tranquility.
Groove Juice Swing's nine multitalented dance instructors, many of whom also play instruments, have spent more than a decade helping novice dancers sharpen their rug-cutting skills during private and group classes, which focus on Jazz Age and swing-era styles. In their quest to master the art of swing, students shuffle their feet through three levels of dance classes that build on one another, beginning with level-one classes covering the basics. Level-two classes, which focus on the lindy hop, teach participants to float on air as if they were standing on a floor of industrial fans, and level-three classes delve into more advanced techniques, such as doing the Charleston with a partner.
Outside of Groove Juice Swing––located at Tango Cafe’s dance studio––passersby can hear jazzy tunes by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Nina Simone emanating from lively dance classes held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. Aside from classes, students can flaunt freshly learned skills during Groove Juice Swing’s annual Stompology workshop or events with live bands hosted by dance experts Steven Mitchell and Virginie Jensen.
Tucked away on Goodman Street in Rochester, Affordable Chiropractic aims to live up to its name, offering wallet-friendly care for spines and joints. A computerized system analyzes the posture of nervous system of clients, giving the staff an in-depth view and helping to illuminate the source of potential problems.
C. Raksha Elmer believes that in order to balance and restore a person's health, all that's required is the touch of human hands. In her 20 years as a massage therapist, she has used her own hands combined with her gift for intuition in order to soothe her clients from the outside in. The therapist also flaunts expertise from formal education at the Florida School of Massage, self-study, and hands-on experience in her own practice and as a volunteer for the crash-test dummies’ union. With her help, many clients have found relief for such ailments as anxiety, slow circulation, and migraines.
After giving birth to her son in 2009, Jen weighed nearly 300 pounds. Enticed by Hoopnotica’s unorthodox, fun approach to cardio, Jen began teaching herself and hooped through an entire song within three weeks. After a year of hoop and an improved diet, she shed 140 pounds. Inspired by her discipline, Jen’s husband, Keith, became her first Hoopnotica student and has lost more than 100 pounds.
These days, the Hoopnotica master trainer and certified hoop dance instructor teaches more than 15 Hoopnotica classes each week. With hoops made by Keith, students in private lessons, group classes, and workshops learn basic moves such as waist hooping, hip hooping, and whoop hooping, the Victorian method of curing whooping cough by just regular hula-hooping. Once they get the hang of it, pupils begin fortifying their cores, building stamina, and burning upward of 300 calories an hour.
After class, pupils can purchase Hoopnotica products such as DVDs and travel hoops or request a custom hoop with more than 60 tape choices. Outside the classroom, Jen and Keith train and certify new Hoopnotica instructors throughout the country and continue sharing their stories through media outlets such as Today.