For the staff at Flex Fitness Studio the goal is to show people how to get in shape and stay there. Certified personal trainers Brian Byrd, Stan Jackson, Shanika Ell, and Van Becker schedule boot-camp classes at parks throughout the area to get clients toward their fitness goals, be they losing weight, increasing athletic ability, or getting yelled at in an encouraging way. For postworkout guidance, certified health coach Michelle Murphy shares tips on making healthy diet and lifestyle choices that will boost the effectiveness of workouts and maintain their healthful results.
Justin Thacker, the muscle-bound founder of The Lab Gym, uses the same principles that motivated him through 19 years of weightlifting experience to spur on and cultivate a community of health-conscious exercisers at his modern, glass-walled gym. His team of expert trainers leads guests through group fitness classes that turn bodies into granite sculptures through a series of weightlifting routines and the crystallization of magma. Patrons can coax coy muscles from epidermal hideouts with free weights, dumbbells, squat racks, and an expansive cardio circuit, all accessible to members by keycard 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, Heavy Metal Crossfit?the gym's in-house CrossFit program?takes a different tack to fitness, leading exercisers ever-changing rotation of high-intensity functional movements.
For custom guidance, guests can pair up with a personal trainer or can sign up for the structured Laser weight-loss program, a regimen designed to blast off pounds with a laser focus but without actual lasers.
Yoga can be a way of finding higher purpose and meaning in life. Certified Jivamukti yoga instructor Alba Creales certainly thinks so?she quit law school in order to found her own studio, Swan River Yoga. There, she and her talented team of instructors help their students achieve balance and find their center through classes in various yoga styles, from physically challenging Power Vinyasa yoga to bhakti yoga, which focuses on opening the heart.
High-energy Zumba classes and relaxing hot-stone massages collide at This Way Ladies Fitness & Wellness Center, a one-stop shop for women looking to release sweat and tension. Fitness instructors lead strength-building kettlebell classes only a stone's throw from the spa room, where specialists perform facials and ensconce feet in warming paraffin. Outdoor boot camps take the action to Francis Park, where participants test their speed, agility, and ability to resist roving hot-dog vendors.