While almost everything else that is five millennia old has fossilized, the ancient practice of yoga remains relevant. At The Yoga Studio of Shelby, teachers with a minimum of 200 training hours teach students the age-old art, which builds strength, enhances flexibility, and aids with stress management. The studio’s classes range from hot Vinyasa, which is a flowing style taught in an 85-degree room, to Hatha, where meditations help to clear students’ minds without making them forget their Social Security numbers. Expectant mothers can stretch with low-impact poses in prenatal-yoga classes. Studio workshops on partner yoga, meditation, and other specialty topics round out the schedule.
Within the walls of its warm and cozy studio, each of White Lotus Yoga Studio’s registered yoga instructors infuses lessons with a unique background in the practice, creating a diverse lineup of classes that spans the gamut of yoga. These seasoned leaders walk the floor during class to assist students in their form and to attain peaceful energy.
At their old gym, founders Dave Chisholm and Jim Dockeray sometimes intimidated fellow members who were unaccustomed to the duo’s intense, committed workouts. So the well-chiseled compadres decided to open 586 CrossFit Asylum, a challenging yet encouraging environment for hardcore, functional-movement-based exercises. Dave and Jim take students of all fitness levels under their muscly wings, teaching newcomers Olympic weight movements that form the basis of subsequent intensive workouts.
After protégés display a competence in squat, press, and deadlifts, they jump into the fun and furious WOD—or Workout of the Day—which blends body resistance with kettlebells, box jumps, and gymnast rings. Classes convene as early as 5:30 a.m. and promote enthusiasm and inspirational competition between members. With a wall-length spray-paint mural of their straight-jacketed mascot, 586 CrossFit Asylum harbors an alternative vibe, and its instructors sometimes pause workouts on Fridays to reenact scenes from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
When Prem and Cheridy Mukherjee got married in 2001, they didn't know anything about creative wedding photography. Prem's interest in taking photos had been piqued during his travels in Sydney, Australia, but it wasn't until after he had met and married Cheridy that his interest flourished into a real talent. Cheridy soon picked up the camera herself, and together the husband-and-wife team became Arising Images, expertly capturing shots for weddings, engagement announcements, and family-portrait sessions. In 2009, with more experience under their belts, the couple wanted another shot at their wedding album. They once again donned white attire, along with a colorful pair of sneakers, and posed for artistic, playful shots that truly captured their joy—something they strive for in their own photography sessions.
Prem, who has shared his expertise at national conventions, passes along his camera-friendly knowledge to budding photographers during starter and intermediate classes. He spends the sessions educating students on the functions of their own cameras and the fundamentals of editing images with Photoshop Elements, eschewing the traditional method of going over photos with a ballpoint pen and masking tape. Private lessons shower all the attention upon one participant, while a tag-along on a photo shoot or wedding allows students to view Prem and Cheridy in their professional environment.
When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first Athletic Club in Buffalo in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders’ original vision, each of the Rochester locations' employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities that range of up to 30,000 square feet.
In addition to personal training, instructors lead more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, yoga, and Zumba—offered each week across their five locations. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool. Three of the RAC locations are for women only, allowing them to workout uninhibited by the company of men or asexual mermaids.
Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because this deal includes the all-access key card, you don't have to let the strictures of "time" dictate when you can avail yourself of cardio and strength benefits. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. and get pumped for 6 a.m. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced.