Your body doesn't exist––in the meditative sense. But since physical being is important for day-to-day tasks such as working, paying bills, and pestering the tigers at the zoo, inBalance offers classes and workshops to maintain both mind and body. During yoga and Pilates sessions, students of all skill levels learn to use poses and stretching techniques to improve breath control and tone the physique. The well-lit, open space is also used for teaching workshops to help students attain Pilates certification.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Professional bobsled teams shave seconds off their time by breathing in unison and leveraging flexibility during turns. Master the techniques necessary for defeating hardened gangs of bobsled criminals with today's deal for new clients: $40 for a five-class pass ($85 value) plus two free classes (given to every new client at the studio) at Nydia's Yoga Therapy, a studio that specializes in merging yoga with physical therapy for wellness and preventing future injuries sustained at American Gladiators auditions.
Augustine Rivera, owner of Shine On Fitness, incorporates more than just step aerobics into his aerobics classes. He also integrates BodyPump, CrossFit, Pilates, circuit training, and high-intensity interval training exercises. Rivera—or Auggie as he is known to veteran students—also helps alleviate fatigue the old-fashioned way: by having an encouraging, motivating, and supportive attitude.
Bikram Yoga San Antonio's instructors like to remind their students that for every expert yogi, there was a first class. They hold on to this humble philosophy at three studios, where high temperatures help both old hands and newcomers stay limber. The staff cautions their students against aiming for perfection during the 90-minute courses; instead maintaining that, by simply trying each of the 26 postures and two breathing exercises, bodies and minds achieve the maximum benefit.
To highlight the value of consistent practice, they encourage visitors to take the 60-day challenge, which charges students to attend one class every day for 60 days. Those who accomplish this task are immortalized by writing their name on the Challenge Wall, which doubles as the police force's superhero directory. The studios also honor individuals in their class community with the yogi of the month feature, a series of interviews with students about their Bikram yoga practice.
At Elite Pilates Reformer Studio, owner and instructor Luisa Parker leans on a career of more than 29 years as a dance instructor, a certified personal trainer, and a red/black belt in karate to lead high-energy Pilates Reformer sessions. Working with Luisa, you’ll build strength without bulking up, improve posture, balance, and flexibility, and excel in sports and exercise.
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