When visitors open the door to Live Love Flow + Flow Cycle Seattle, they're greeted by the sounds of whirring wheels and pumping pedals that wouldn't be out of place on the French countryside's winding road courses. The exercisers here run through the same muscle-defining, heart-pumping motions that power the most famous European races from the comfort of their indoor cycling studio at the heart of the U District. There, Flow Cycle classes burn calories and stabilize keen and hip joints, helping cyclists stay as flexible as Gumby after his nightly bubble bath. Each session is led by one of the studio's stable of instructors, which includes current and former road racers in its ranks.
Founder Heather Scearce started practicing Pilates in 1997 after she suffered a severe back injury in a car accident. As it turns out, Pilates became an essential factor in her recovery, fueling her desire to help others discover the beneficial exercise form for themselves. In addition to one-on-one sessions, Conscious Body Pilates now offers Barre and Group Reformer classes in their newly remodeled space. The classes are small and promise more elbow room for friends, families and sock-puppet troupes to workout in tandem.
Breathe Hot Yoga's studios maintain a tropical climate regardless of the season. Though not as hot as traditional Bikram yoga, the studios maintain a balmy temperature for most classes, allowing muscles to remain loose and limber as students flow through sessions. Antibacterial, medical-grade vinyl flooring gives yogis the clean, steady surface they need to train excitable downward-facing dogs. After sessions, trainees can refresh and renew in Breathe Hot Yoga's onsite shower facilities.
Together, the KAF Adventures guides are dedicated to helping others experience the thrills of climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and other outdoor escapades. Whether they're teaching beginners to rock climb during group lessons, imparting lifelong skills as private mountaineering guides, or leading international climbing trips, the guides help their students learn new skills and appreciate their surrounding environment. Yoga and backpacking hikes introduce hikers to wilderness vistas as they learn to channel their own breathing, and backcountry skiing and boarding guidance readies students to hit the slopes or speed through snowy department-store displays.
At Lila Yoga, the seasoned instructors know there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all yoga class. That's why their class schedule encompasses a wide variety of yoga styles, from six-week introductory courses that help beginners build a strong foundation for practice, to advanced classes that might incorporate handstands, headstands, and back bends. Hatha yoga classes focus on alignment and and building strength, while restorative classes are better suited to those working to recover from an injury or those that just want to release tension and quiet their mind. Inspired by world-famous dancer Lotte Berk, intermediate YogaBarre classes fuse yoga, barre work, and non-impact cardio into a cardiovascular program that helps improve posture, sculpt bodies, and lengthen and strengthen muscles. And, aside from yoga, the studio also offers on-site bodywork treatments to help alleviate the aches that often come with giving birth to new muscles.
Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10?60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface such as the top of Danny DeVito's head.