Karve Studio's muscle-sculpting workout sessions combine elements of Pilates, yoga, free weights, and ballet-barre conditioning to provide quick and striking results. The classes are set to lively music, and over the course of the hour-long sweat session your instructors will guide you through a challenging series of non-impact strengthening, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to burn fat as you increase muscle and flexibility. Classes are upbeat and motivational and aim to leave students tightened, toned, and wandering the world in a lean yet muscular physique. Consult Karve's schedule for a workout that suits you, and call ahead to reserve your space.
At Studiomixx, owner and trainer Shandi Rooney applies the principle of muscle confusion—adding variety to a workout’s exercises—to help her students avoid plateaus as they evolve through her intense, calorie-burning Mixx fitness classes. Her main class, Mixx, keeps muscles guessing and stimulated under the influence of Pilates, yoga, and callisthenic exercises. Rooney, who has trained with Bravo channel personal trainer Jackie Warner and The Biggest Loser’s Jillian Michaels, also offers a handful of spinoff classes such as Mixx Lite for less advanced students, CardioMixx, and Circuit Mixx, as well as grueling, detoxifying Xtreme Barre classes that can burn hundreds of calories per session, or one pile of freshly raked leaves.
Mira Pilates Studio's team of fitness gurus coaches students as they firm muscles and fortify cores in intensive Pilates mat classes. The studio populates its schedule with classes for students of all skill levels, including small-group mat classes in which teachers motivate up to 15 students with individualized instruction and carefully choreographed cheerleading routines. Within the expansive studio, sea-foam green and deep teal counters thick brick walls as pupils unfurl personal or rented mats onto sleek hardwood floors. Mat mavens energize pupils as they lengthen limbs and tone sinews, heightening resistance with handheld props that include foam rollers, magic circles, and particularly flexible snakes. Following each lesson, freshly stretched students can emerge with improved balance and coordination, allowing them to sprint across the tightrope that leads to their homes.
Pilates Corps is a fully equipped Scottsdale, Arizona studio dedicated to teaching the authentic method of Pilates. Many studios claim to teach the classical method, but no method is as true to the original as the one learned through Romana Kryzanowska, the world-renowned protege of Joseph Pilates!
Jenny and Rachel spent years trying workout programs ranging from running to Tae Bo, but they couldn't find an exercise regimen they actually enjoyed. That is until Jenny stumbled across Pilates+. She was immediately hooked by the innovative workout program, which fuses Pilates, cardio, and strength training, and it wasn’t long until Rachel jumped aboard too. Today, the duo helms The Body Lab, where they and their staff of certified trainers spread the word about their favorite workout regime, which has been written up by numerous members of the press.
Each 50-minute Pilates+ class uses a machine called the Megaformer—a modern take on the traditional Pilates reformer that is designed to strengthen and tone both the upper and lower body. Performing slow, controlled movements, students move through a series of more than 50 exercises per class, exercising multiple muscle groups “to failure” each session to produce quicker results than traditional Pilates sessions. The Body Lab also leads group classes a la carte, as well as monthly memberships and one-on-one training for clients.
No matter what season it is outside, inside Bikram Yoga it feels like an Arizona summer. Rather than being the quirk of a homesick lemur studio owner, the thermostat at the yoga haven always reads at least 105 degrees to help students' bodies stretch deeper, detoxify, and avoid injury during difficult poses. Every yoga session features the exact same series of 26 poses over the course of 90 minutes. The instructor helps advanced students make their poses more challenging, and beginners ease into the positions as the whole class works to control breathing and maintain balance. Classes meet seven days a week in the mornings, evenings, and at lunchtime.