Xodus Fitness's trainers work hard to "move people," according to the fitness studio's mantra, but not just in the physical sense. They want to lift exercisers from the pits of ill health they've dug for themselves on every plane: mind, body, and spirit. This means not only getting fit, but also reshaping habits and behaviors into ones that will foster a healthy lifestyle. The first step will probably be Urban Body Transformation, an outdoor boot camp with fresh workouts every time, or small-group training, or perhaps it will be personal training, which gives exercisers some extra attention and guidance.
Hot Yoga Ocean Ave's team of certified Bikram and hot-yoga instructors believe that yoga is life, and share their passion with students of all experience levels, guiding them in achieving mental and physical wellness. Their philosophy emphasizes yoga as a practice, urging students to be patient with their progress and to move through poses modified to their abilities without pushing their muscles too far or blackmailing the hamstrings to hold standing bow pose longer than everyone else. Though the classes are open to students of all abilities, Hot Intro guides newbies through the 26-pose series and two breathing exercises, and the vigorous Surya Namaskara challenges yogis with a repeated sequence of 12 flexing and stretching poses to push limbs to their maximum range of motion. To help muscles sink deep into healing stretches and expel toxins through sweat, the studio is heated to balmy temperatures, so patrons are advised to drink lots of water and leave snowmen tied up outside.
At Elevate Group Fitness, all classes incorporate the ele_Fusion? method?a unique blend of Pilates, ballet barre, yoga, and resistance training?for a fun, body-sculpting workout. Each group class maxes out at 16 students, so teachers can provide personalized attention as needed, helping each student focus on connecting with their bodies, moving mindfully, and blocking out the whimpers of whiny leg muscles.
There are three styles of classes to choose from at Elevate: total body and cardio, upper body and core, or lower body and abs. In the lower body classes, students can expect to incorporate a combination of Pilates mat work, ballet barre movements, and leg bands for a low-impact workout that will tighten the glutes and tone thighs.
At Yoga Flow SF, the ingredients for a healthy class are not blood, sweat, and tears but music, stretches, and heat. The instructors specialize in Vinyasa flow and hold classes in a well-lit space warmed to at least 80 degrees. For each session, they lead participants through a medley of stretches and poses that flow seamlessly into one another, and they also play music to complement the practice and encourage relaxation and continual breathing. Their curriculum accommodates beginners and practiced yogis alike with offerings from Mellow Flow to Fast Flow classes. During the 60- to 75-minute sessions, teachers aid individual pupils by offering modifications suitable for beginner or advanced students. They also host private seminars, and corporate classes and offer massage and childcare services.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
At Dance with Melissa, guests learn the basics of ballroom and Latin dance styles using simplified techniques based on the TV show Dancing with the Stars. Group classes are capped at 30 participants, helping create a semiprivate atmosphere conducive to both learning and socializing.