No advanced postures, no different levels, no "power" classes. At Bikram Yoga St. Augustine's beach and north locations, every class is designed for every student. Cycling through 26 postures and two breathing exercises, the studio’s 12 staffers guide their guests through Bikram Choudhury’s style of hot yoga in their newly built heated studio. Bikram Yoga St. Augustine offers weekly 46 classes. The staff also presents massage and BioMat therapy, and the onsite boutique sells eco-friendly apparel. The studio also conveniently offers childcare while parents work out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Florida Get Fit, a variety of fitness classes entreat participants to kick, dance, and exercise towards their goals of healthy living. To help encourage customers, the facility holds specific classes geared towards weight loss, creating friendly competition that draws inspiration from the show The Biggest Loser. And in addition to a slate of classes—which includes bootcamp, kickboxing, and yoga, to name a few—diet planning is available to all members.
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.