For 35 years, Valerie Compton has dipped her toes into every aspect of fitness. She followed up her experience in track and field and tennis by building her career as a personal trainer, and she later branched out into Power Pilates, Spinning, and nutrition. When she designed BarreFusion in 2006, she struck upon the latest trend in fitness. Today, Valerie has opened a new location and surrounds herself with instructors who channel their experience as classical dancers, gymnastics, and triathletes to lead rigorous barre classes.
Valerie starts her instruction with a BarreLite class that introduces newcomers to the proper forms and techniques to master fundamentals. From there, she encourages students to test out a number of other classes. The popular BarreFusion class combines Pilates, yoga, ballet, and light weights to sculpt legs and cores. She also offers highly popular Spinning classes that challenge students with a high-energy, aerobic workout that mimics cycling in front of stampeding wildebeests. To compliment the team, new instructor Kelly Carpenter leads Pilates caliente classes that combine barre and light weights to work towards power, strength, and core strength. The studio also offers TRX classes which provide a total body workout through suspension training and the use of your own body weight.
Yoga Santa Fe’s highly experienced instructors of peaceful posing specialize in Kundalini yoga to promote physical and emotional health. Called the yoga of awareness for its ability to calm the mind and remember yogis' birthdays, Kundalini bolsters the bodies and well-being of all skill levels, with classes such as the morning Yoga for Healing, focused on detox and cleansing, and the afternoon Kundalini Yoga, geared toward deep relaxation and self-realization. Check the schedule for a full listing of classes.
StudioNia Santa Fe's entourage of expert instructors trains students to meld body and spirit through a holistic, dynamic studio-fitness approach. Harvest the stillness of tai chi masters, the strength of taekwondo, and the agility of modern and ethnic dance to whip bodies into shape and craniums into a state of contentment. Align kinesthetic movement while fostering a sense of personal power to promote weight loss, cardiovascular conditioning, and stress relief in a fitness system safe for all levels and abilities. Like poorly executed tap dance, the Nia method is traditionally performed barefoot, and teachers decide the focus of each session. Classes typically host 5–25 students and unfold in a sunny, mirrored studio.
When Master RKC instructor and experienced Feldenkrais practitioner Keira Newton started leading kettlebell workouts in the park for a few friends, she had no idea it would blossom into a fitness studio filled with students and a skilled staff of certified trainers. Clients of all body types and ages burn fat while building flexibility and muscle tone with synchronized aerobic movements and strength-building kettlebell routines. A lineup of classes targets specific areas of the body and exercise needs, from the cardio-intense core-tightening Reshape to the strength- and flexibility-boosting Clubbell yoga.
Twenty-six poses. 90 minutes. 105 degrees. This is what yogis can expect from a hot—or Bikram—yoga class at Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque, a studio that follows the teachings of the practice’s founder, Bikram Choudhury. They keep the studio to such a high temperature in order to help students sweat out toxins and to further their flexibility. As for yoga itself, it helps practitioners achieve a sense of mental and physical well-being that is said to strengthen determination, self-control, faith, concentration, and patience.