A duo of certified group fitness and boot-camp instructors—both familiar with the struggles and successes of weight control—helm GoodFit Fitness, where they offer group and private fitness training. There, amid a plethora of colorful free weights, kettlebells, blocks, and medicine balls, patrons of all fitness levels are invited to join in with other exercisers in boot-camp classes, which incorporate both cardio and strength training. Meanwhile, private sessions consist of half and whole hours with fitness plans tailored specifically to individuals and their abilities. After workouts, patrons can retire to showers and locker rooms. Thoughtfully planned meal guides also help dieters move toward their fitness goals.
Founded in 1974, Yoga East has spent nearly four decades guiding visitors along the path to mental serenity and physical wellness. The nonprofit educational organization holds more than 75 classes a week at three Louisville studios, inviting guests of all fitness backgrounds to flow through the tableaux of multiple yoga disciplines. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and gentle yoga cull tension from muscles and foster flexibility. Classes can accommodate skill levels from gentle to advanced by modifying maneuvers and demanding that the tree and mountain poses be performed atop their namesakes.
Each Yoga East instructor has earned certification from Yoga Alliance. Their collective expertise enables the studios to offer teacher training as well as workshops, community events, and additional fitness courses, such as Pilates.
Before he studied fitness at Purdue, Chris Tedesco learned the subtle art of inspiring others during a trek through the dessert. As a Marine squad leader, he needed to keep up morale while getting his troops to march across 36 miles of arid wilderness with him. This same determination saw him straight through to three Ironman Platoon championships. Today, as owner and founder of BodyQuest Personal Training, he brings those heat-honed lessons with him to each session, just as he did when he helped a snowboarder recover from near total-lower-body paralysis.
He and his team of four dedicated trainers partner up with clients, getting to know them, their eating habits, and their fitness goals to help them lead healthier lives. They constantly vary exercises via a circuit designed to keep bodies burning fat long after the workout and even tailor training-session soundtracks to suit clients' whims, so long as those whims don't include whale songs as covered by an eccentric theremin player. The exposed brick walls of his gym feature wooden sculpture and wall hangings that capture the feeling of motion, perhaps subliminally inspiring patrons to push themselves.
B Barre Fitness’s owner Stephanie Bristow received her certification in the BarreAmped workout method from the style’s creator, fitness celebrity Suzanne Bowen. Bowen studied and taught the renowned Lotte Berk method of ballet-based fitness, and combined the best parts of that workout with Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching. Now Stephanie passes along the benefits of those years of physiological research in workouts held seven days a week.
At Louisville Spinal Care, Drs. Brett Zemba and Toby Dorling assuage chronic body aches with advanced techniques while taking cues from the patient to ensure comfort. Visits kick off with a five-minute orientation video introducing new clients to the field of chiropractic before the doctor asks guests questions about specific pains and plot twists of the TV show Lost.
Doctor of Chiropractic Troy Willis helms Live Well Chiropractic and Lifestyle, where he teams up with life strategist Kelly Cline and a staff of fitness gurus to help customers live well. Dr. Troy was initially introduced to chiropractic while in high school, where he was intrigued by the whole-body approach to health and wellness. Now, having practiced for more than 9 years, he emphasizes an approach that begins with listening to the patient's needs and concerns before recommending one of the clinic's many services or an evening of smashing beer bottles on the side of a building. Clients can opt for a hands-free massage with jade rollers, chiropractic treatments to realign spines, personally tailored nutrition programs, or group fitness classes.
From ancient Greece to modern India, the healing power of heat has been recognized throughout the world by such medically conscious minds as Hippocrates and Bikram Choudhury. A good sweat releases tension, increases flexibility, and purifies the body of toxins. Combine healthy perspiration with stretches that activate certain joints or compress particular organs, and the result can spur the body’s natural healing processes and increase strength. Such is the philosophy behind Bikram yoga and the many other varieties of hot yoga taught at Heat Yoga & Wellness.
The studio’s bendy instructors teach nine varieties of yoga. Their Bikram classes follow the traditional format of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, all practiced in a studio heated to more than 100 degrees. They mix up the standard routine with classes that incorporate hip-opener exercises, which improve lower-body mobility and make it easier to limbo under a closing garage door. Hot Vinyasa classes begin with a series of sun salutations before moving to more intense cardio and weight-bearing asana postures. The expert yogis also stretch outside the bounds of traditional yoga for exercise ins