Fun, affordable small group training that gets phenomenal results! Drop 6-10 lbs. in a month and add new muscle tone. You will make new friends, feel energized after every session, and feel great about your body. The instructors and other campers will keep you motivated. Class is part indoor, part outdoor.
Mantra specializes in Lagree Fitness workouts, which supplement Pilates with a moving piece of equipment called the Megaformer. Lagree started in Southern California, and that's where Sarasota native Kathy Maloy fell in love with it. Excited to share her discovery, Maloy brought the practice back to her hometown by founding Mantra. When the studio was featured on ABC 7 News, viewers got to see Lagree in action. A Herald-Tribune piece described its offerings as "Pilates on crack," citing an intensity that draws a celebrity clientele at Hollywood's Lagree studios. Although the workout is challenging, instructors cultivate a supportive, friendly environment.
Led by martial artist Bill Essex, a Shaolin kung fu and tai chi black belt, Shaolin-Do Martial Arts trains children and adults in the time-honored Eastern discipline of combat. At Shaolin-Do, students can prepare to become black belts or train for competitions, but that’s never the main focus. Instead, the instructors hope to instill confidence and skill through a fitness activity they can practice for life. Shaolin-Do blends hard and soft arts to develop internal and external strength simultaneously. Along with kung fu and tai chi classes, students can also participate in month-long boot camps that incorporate martial-arts moves and other exercise techniques for full-body workouts.
Noelle Segal, founder of newly opened Family Tree Yoga, has a single motto: “Allow people to feel welcome the moment they walk into the door.” With that in mind, she created her intimate yoga studio, a warm, mirror-lined space with wood floors and green trees painted on the walls. Here, experienced instructors lead group classes—for both kids and adults—designed to help mitigate aches and pains and anxiety while boosting energy and confidence. The studio specializes in Vinyasa-style classes that focus on healthy alignment, and visitors can also fuse meditation with movement in a power flow session. Other classes include gentle yoga, flow, candlelight power flow, family, mommy and me, prenatal, and doga.
While stationary bikes implicitly imply immobility, ON1 Cycle’s RealRyder bikes are anything but immobile. Designed to engage core muscles in addition to legs, the stationary cycles tilt, lean, and gallop when kicked just like real bikes do. Certified instructors lead six different types of sessions that range from the music-infused Happy Power Hour to the intense High Octane course, which incorporates high-intensity interval training. Students can tinker with their own bike settings and choose how hard they wish to pedal during the adaptable classes.
Courtney Kees’s introduction to Pilates was sparked not by a need to lose weight, but rather as a means to expand her range of motion as an actress. Ten years and two studio locations later, she shares the expertise she has gained by acquiring Pilates- and Zumba-instructor certifications with students of Studio Rubylake. For a change of scenery and a chance to connect with nature, Courtney also leads group Pilates sessions on Siesta Key Beach.