Yoga Co-Op specializes in Jivamukti, a Vinyasa form of Hatha yoga that inspired its first practitioners in 1984. Encompassing tenets beyond mat work, Jivamukti operates on a five-pronged philosophy that encompasses scripture, devotion, non-harming, music, and meditation. When students enter the facility, they first see a floor-to-ceiling mural of swirling pink, blue, and yellow that pops against black walls. The attention-grabbing art counterbalances the muted feel of the studio, however, where eggshell walls and simple green plants evoke simplicity and set the mood for the physical and spiritual lessons ahead. Seven classes challenge practitioners of varying experience levels, whether they're at the start of their yoga experience or have grown with their discipline. Among the courses, Spiritual Warrior keeps its busy students in mind with a 7:15 a.m. class time, and beginner Vinyasa introduces novices to slower-paced moves. Peace In/Peace Out aids in relaxation, and meditation classes put a Jivamukti spin on the ancient discipline.
Synergistic Bodies founder C.C. Powell trains her clients in a balanced fitness approach, using cardio conditioning to build endurance, weight training to increase muscle mass, and Pilates to fortify the body's inner muscles. Her functional fitness regimen aims to outfit clients with the ability to tackle life's daily challenges with minimal stress and effort. She and her staff of teachers turn up the heat on calories in belly-dancing and Zumba classes conducted in the vast, mirrored group fitness room. Through the Juice Plus program, trainers pass out nutritional advice and big-kid sippy cups.
In the middle of the facility, TRX Suspension training harnesses dangle from the ceiling, awaiting bodies to strap in and discover the sensations of being a yoyo. Reformer machines line the walls of the Pilates room, deepening stretches and providing greater resistance for core exercises while supporting the spine and joints.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 55-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
During their years spent working as fitness trainers, Drew and Shazi Edmonds have trained clients from all walks of life—from busy moms to brawny athletes to reality-TV star Ruby Gettinger. They bring their passion for fitness and years of experience to Train Me 24/7, where they guide clients toward slimmer and stronger selves through one-on-one and small-group training sessions. Drew and Shazi also conduct boot-camp classes, leading students through high-intensity workouts of strength, cardio, and core-training exercises.
The trainers at Xtreme Performance Fitness tailor-make fitness regimens with their clients’ goals in mind. Personal trainers help their charges shed stubborn pounds by not only challenging them in the gym, but also holding them accountable in the kitchen. They explain the proper amount of calories clients should consume to lose weight, including how many should be devoted to protein, fat, and carbs. Once that's taken care of, they turn their focus back to exercise, unleashing intense cardiovascular and strength-training routines. For those seeking an extra boost of encouragement, group fitness classes promise similar results but in a collaborative group environment.
Salon De Baile Dance Studio?s instructors help couples create a custom and unforgettable first dance for their wedding. Choreographed dances cull from a variety of dance techniques, including ballroom, belly dance, tap, jazz, salsa, Argentine tango, line dance, and ballet. Each technique is also the focus of classes held for beginners through advanced dancers and kids through senior citizens. The studio also offers dance fitness classes, which help strutters and swayers build up a sweat during cardio-focused lessons.