The instructors at City Yoga of St. Augustine take relaxation seriously. They invest in the translation of asana that means "at ease," a phrase that sums up their noncompetitive atmosphere and approach to each class. During lessons that encompass aspects of Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Lakulish yoga styles, they guide students through multiple versions of each pose. Fundamental postures can blossom into advanced holds or serve as meditative stretches for yogis of all experience levels. Rather than pushing their guests toward more difficult tableaus on smaller and smaller Twister mats, the teachers stress the value of awareness and introspection in comfort. They hope that their pupils can then transport the convivial spirit of the studio outside its walls, whether they are signing up for a full-moon beach yoga workshop or simply smiling on the walk home.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Fit-for-Her beckons guests to a facility designed from a woman's point of view, pampering them from cranium to phalange with a full array of spa services. The Forever Young facial spends one hour tinkering with the body's flux capacitor as it attempts to firm skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines. All facials bathe visages in a refreshing cloud of steam and exfoliate the porous epidermis, layering on a customized mask to address individual skincare needs and guarantee admission to the spa's midnight costume ball. In addition to facial buffing, sure-handed staff members coax stress out from the neck and shoulders with a thorough massage, aiding and abetting the facial by firmly turning frowns upside-down.
Grabbing second place in the St. Augustine Record’s Best of 2010 poll, Anastasia Athletic Club jump-starts health and wellness routines with and award-winning array of modern workout routines. Equipped with one-month pass, exercisers pump up pulse rates on cardio equipment and pin-loaded resistance machines from Cybex and Ground Zero. Decamp to a separate free-weight room, where iron pumpers build biceps with curls, construct quads through squat sequences, or tape Kick Me signs to the back of unsuspecting dumbbells.
CrossFit St. Augustine helps athletes build overall fitness with classes that focus on varied, high-intensity workouts to improve functional-movement training and core strengthening. The CrossFit 101 course teaches the 12 movements fundamental to the program, emphasizing client safety, community building, and terminology. In a clean, family-friendly environment stocked with experienced personal trainers who offer group classes and individual training, seekers of sweat who've lived in fear of machines since the release of Terminator can relax because the CrossFit program relies on exercisers' own bodies and simple equipment to build buffness. Constantly changing workouts of the day can be scaled to any fitness level and might involve an intense 800-meter run, followed by 10 handstand pushups, 15 front squats, a walking ab twist, and another 800-meter run, which keeps things from getting locked into a boring routine while building endurance, strength, flexibility, speed, and balance. CrossFit’s goal is to make exercise part of a daily routine, like checking email or drinking coffee in the shower, to help people achieve optimal health and fitness.
During classes at the welcoming studio, instructors Phaedra and Beverly bring students to a level of self-awareness so that they can listen to both mind and body in order to enhance core strength and breath control. Participants bend their bodies into traditional yoga poses and classic Tetris formations during gentle-flow classes or focus on centering through meditation and sitting postures during Kripalu-yoga classes. Beverly and Phaedra also conduct classes such as the yoga power hour—a session designed to build endurance, strength, and flexibility through 60 minutes of continuous vinyasa flow.