Named St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year in 2010, Main Street Gym owner Wendy Black invigorates limp limbs and un-buff thoraxes with her more than 10 years of personal-training experience. In a six-week boot-camp session held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, crews of 15 or fewer huffers and puffers stretch and strain together in one-hour workouts twice a week. Evening sessions at 7 p.m.—led by trainer Marcel Walker—pump up the after-work crowd. Black leads 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. sessions so early risers can achieve their morning sweat without power-lifting medicine balls full of boiling-hot coffee. In addition, a one-on-one consultation will compile body measurements, past workout history, and a cardiovascular assessment to address personal-fitness and nutritional goals and to help barbell adherents overcome their deep-seated fear of aerobics. See Main Street Gym's online schedule for details.
A Divine Journey’s team of certified yoga instructors is comprised of a licensed massage therapist, a ballet dancer, and a woman who overcame a debilitating case of arthritis. They share the art of healing by teaching a curriculum rooted in the Hatha and Vinyasa yoga styles. Their healing services extend to more than 10 modalities of massage as well as energy-manipulating techniques such as reiki. The instructors shake up their traditional offerings with belly-dancing classes and regular workshops on topics such as essential oils, which was John Rockefeller’s nickname for his children.
An expert motivator and personal trainer, Robyne leads small groups through rigorous boot-camp-style classes offered 40 times a week. She mixes up each workout to keep students engaged, utilizing boxing techniques, resistance training, or calisthenics. Her classes are both outdoor and indoor and members can also take Sunset Yoga classes every week.
At Rogue Indoor Cycling, a dozen pedal-mashing pros lead a schedule of 30 weekly classes that pump up muscles atop new Keiser M3 power bikes. Groups of up to 15 riders spin through the 60-minute Rogue 101 course, learning to use the onboard computers and housebreaking new indoor cycles. Exercisers pop out of their saddles during the Classic course's goal-oriented climbs, or sprawl onto self-provided mats for 20 minutes of post-ride ab work that follows each Ride-Core class. Special classes include a series of six wine-country tours, accompanied by scenic projections, or a schedule of children's classes, accompanied by parents trying to secure a VIP trip to the Tour de France.
Polga combines two of Foxy Fit Studios' chief fitness methods: pole dancing and yoga. By blending pole-fitness moves with traditional yoga asanas, participants work around the pole in a way that strengthens and aligns the body without the need to dead lift a chiropractor. It's one of Foxy Fit's many fitness classes, which also include hip-hop, stiletto fitness (for advanced pole-dancing students), and kickboxing.
While working for 13 years as a massage therapist, Valerie Gibson used yoga to keep her own body healthy and in shape. Eventually, she realized she had a desire to teach yoga as well, becoming a certified instructor. While yoga kept her strong, she longed for a bit of fun and cardio in her routine. She soon discovered Zumba, quickly seeking a teaching certification there too. Inspired by her own fitness routine, she started Zuga Fitness as a gym where clients could find Zumba, yoga, and massage all in one place. Now, with the help of her staff, she offers classes seven days a week, helping students of all fitness levels discover a passion for fun-focused exercise.
St. Louis Fitness Boot Camp's creator and head trainer, Johnny King, knows how hard it can be to start working out. Enormous corporate gyms seem designed to intimidate the new exerciser, and the workout genies trapped inside at-home DVDs can only offer motivation after they’ve been put in the player. That’s why he made it his mission to design an exercise program geared toward beginners, providing a low-stakes introduction to training and plenty of positive motivation.
He constructs easy-to-follow circuit training routines that alternate between working the lower body, core, and upper body, relying on the combination of exercises over time to whip bodies into peak shape. His small groups of trainees often encourage one another and help keep one other accountable to exerting their maximum effort during routines. Within the climate-controlled facility, exercisers shed sweat and pounds on spring-loaded floors that ease impact on joints. To supplement the workouts, he and the trainers provide nutritional counseling and even emotional counseling, gently reminding each student why they chose to start working out.