Yoga Yoga is dedicated to helping others find inner peace and balance. More than 10 instructors—with decades of combined experience—lead students of all abilities through 13 types of yoga including traditional Vinyasa flow, Iyengar, and Kundalini methods. They also offer a session that focuses on just "chilling out" and a session that incorporates a rope wall - a hard to find feature in the world of yoga studios. Classes remain small in size to ensure each student receives ample attention as they bend and stretch through a variety of postures including downward dog and double Windsor knot tied around a praying mantis. The studio also host afterschool yoga programs for 6-11 year olds and teacher training for aspiring yogi teachers.
If your feet can do it, Encore Dance Fitness will teach it. The studio’s vast range of classes includes everything from partnerless ballroom dancing to vertical ballet, where participants shimmy up poles while keeping their toes pointed. In addition to teaching cardio and traditional dance styles, instructors lead Pilates and yoga sessions as well as specialty classes including aerial movement with silks and trapezes.
If you’re looking to improve your balance, you can attend high-energy West African dance and meditative yoga classes, with occasional breaks for twirling in an aerial hoop. To work up a sweat, there are 15 different cardio dance classes to choose from. They cover everything from belly dancing to iconic choreography from movies, television, and that dream where you perform a dance-off with zombies. For women who want to work out with children in tow, Encore offers children’s dance classes, childcare, and a homework club.
A former gymnast and collegiate diver suffering from a stress fracture in her lower back, Cassidy Farwell sought a total-body workout that would strengthen her core and alleviate her lower back pain. Around the same time, all-around fitness enthusiast Syd Shelton became curious about Pilates's growing popularity, and took her first class. Though they sought out Pilates for very different reasons, it made such an impact on them that they decided to open their own studio together to share the total-body toning techniques with others. As certified instructors, Cassidy and Syd now lead classes designed to tone the body from head to toe, with emphasis on strengthening the hips, thighs, core, and vestigial tail.
European-trained aestheticians at Le Beau Organic Day Spa are experts not only in taking care of the skin, but also in using organic formulas to do it. With a full line of organic products, they perform massages and facials that include extras to enhance the bliss for no extra charge, much like imagining that the massage table is a pile of money. Massages include complimentary access jetted showers, and facials come with moisturizing hand treatments and aromatherapy essential oils.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.