Co-owners Cindy Mastry and Jen Lowery forged the studio's varied yoga curriculum by alloying their extensive training histories. Cindy set off toward inner peace in the 1960s, holding poses alongside her grandmother. Combining her early experiences in yoga with years of dance and fitness training, she opened a home yoga practice and joined the Exalted Warrior Foundation to bring yogic healing to injured military personnel. Jen Lowery studied under several yoga masters to perfect her technique. She deepened her practice by completing an 800-hour Yoga Traditions Philosophy course, led by lauded expert Georg Feuerstein, in a single day.
Despite their rigorous training, Cindy and Jen tend to emphasize the relaxing, fun aspects of yoga through classes in Vinyasa flow, stretching, and partner work. Their own 200-hour course for aspiring yoga teachers imparts the values of 8 Limb Vinyasa flow, covering anatomy, pose sequencing, pedagogic techniques, and ways to climb spider webs without alerting the spider.
The BarreAmped Method enlists the fitness fundamentals of classical dance, Pilates, and yoga to create a full-body workout that works to tone muscles while helping improve body awareness, balance, and coordination. Both studio locations boast physically invigorating classes for a range of fitness levels; click here for the Tampa schedule of classes taught by certified Barre Amped instructor Denise Tini and the St. Petersburg schedule of classes taught by certified Barre Amped instructor Maria Gerelus. A ballet barre props up precarious postures and aligns wayward limbs as classes of up to 16 students arch and bend through a series of held postures that produce effective, enjoyable soreness deep into muscles with tiny isometric movements. Even if they lack formal dance training, attendees can boost their metabolisms to hummingbird levels and cultivate lean, graceful muscles and the flexibility of an empty appointment book.
Equipment: Playground balls, resistance bands, light hand weights, and yoga blocks
Students should bring: Everything is available at the studio.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Workout pants should be knee length or longer.
Professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gym offering group self defense and fitness classes for men, women and children. The needs of athletes and grandparents differ by degree not kind. Athletes worldwide have followed our workouts and distinguished themselves in the streets, gyms, stadiums, and world class combat situations
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.
The trainers at Best Day Fitness Studio have put as much work into their brains as their bodies. Everyone—including the massage therapists—holds a four-year degree in exercise science, which informs group classes and private sessions with each specialist's analytic expertise. Rather than simply counting reps on the sidelines or hiring a metronome to substitute, trainers strive to educate clients so they understand why and how each maneuver works. They also update an online database of articles and tutorials as supplementary reading for their clients. During classes, trainers prioritize slow and focused movements to build functional fitness and challenge participants at an appropriate pace. With extensive knowledge of anatomy and movement, they also teach lessons on minimalist running technique and provide a suite of specialized appointments for clients who seek physical rehabilitation after a stroke.