Sunder Kaur first discovered yoga on her path to fulfill a lifelong dream: to find her true self. Now, as a certified yoga instructor, she strives to nurture her students' spirits while incorporating the scientific understanding of the human body she gained from her degree in pharmacy. With a friendly demeanor, Sunder and her team of over 30 instructors create a welcoming community as they lead students of all ages and abilities through asanas and breathing exercises that increase strength, flexibility, and balance. They teach these techniques during a variety of classes, including children's, prenatal, and hot yoga. Outdoor classes are available at A Yoga Village's Sunken Gardens location, allowing students to melt away stress while enjoying the fresh air. To further enrich their students' lives, the staff leads specialized workshops that emphasize meditation or improving household communication with storytelling, song singing, and game playing. These dedicated instructors also push budding yogis along the same noble path down which they boldly trod during teacher-training courses.
Platinum Twirl Pole Fitness’s instructors cater to exercisers looking for an alternative to the average workout, leading them through confidence-boosting pole fitness classes designed to work the whole body. They introduce novices to the fundamental moves, such as the fireman spin and martini spin, in the basic pole fitness class before building upon foundations in the intermediate and advanced classes. In addition to offering pole fitness courses and private lessons, they teach other fitness classes, including Zumba, chair dancing, and co-ed total body strengthening sessions with free-weights. They also host parties for bachelorettes, gal pals, or elderly knitting circles in search of new and exciting ways to celebrate a night out.
Only lightning or torrential downpours will stop the dedicated instructors at St. Pete Boot Camp from holding their outdoor boot-camp classes. Their commitment to fitness shines through in other places, too, especially in the high-intensity workouts that they devise. Each one combines exercises such as tire flips, sprints, resistance-band workouts, and pushups in order to engage multiple muscles at a time, helping to burn more calories. They partner these intense sessions with nutritional tips and at-home exercises for clients to teach to out-of-shape imaginary friends. Those in search of a more relaxed workout also can enlist in their yoga classes, which boost flexibility while reducing one’s chances of suffering from muscular injury.
A private, women-only gym, American Woman Fitness Center encompasses workout warriors with strength and conditioning equipment. There’s also fun fitness technology such as the Jump-Q, a semicircle of steps where members can compete against their own time or each other. For boxing and kickboxing, there’s the score-keeping 3 Kick that lights up areas to be kicked and punched. Rounding out the trio of workout toys is Heavy Ball, which challenges exercisers to maneuver and move medicine balls into a series of lit-up slots while being timed. American Woman Fitness also takes surveys from their members to customize fitness classes to their desires.
Kristen Mory, owner of Generations Yoga & Fitness, and her sidekick and business partner Courtney Graham help kids and adults lead healthier lives with their unique classes at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove. They keep their classes small to give students personal attention while they strike peaceful yoga poses, battle through challenging boot-camp classes, or transform back into mermaids during aquafit classes. Students also receive nutritional advice and personal challenges to help them achieve their goals. They also offer outdoor yoga classes and host adventure retreats and fundraising opportunities to help empower local girls.
A personal trainer with multiple certifications, Bruce Davis makes no bones about how his clients can achieve their fitness goals. Bruce is clear: they must be responsible for achieving their results—but he will be there to help every step of the way. In boot-camp sessions, he uses kettebells, which are user-friendly and efficient, and, depending on clients' needs, can focus on sport training and weight loss. Personal-training sessions are also offered and can take place at home, where clients can train in comfort while trying to solve the mystery of what cats do all day.