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 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.
As handpicked songs reverberate through the sun-filled room, certified instructors lend individualized guidance and adjustments as students sequence through challenging physical poses. The scene is a familiar one inside Yoga Planet Studio, where a supportive community of students mingle with a laid-back teaching environment. New owners took the reins of the space in March 2013 and since then have built a staff of nearly one dozen teachers who relieve stress and bolster fitness levels for it students. Yogis of all ages and skill levels fill a variety of classes, including Hot Vinyasa, Yoga/Pilates Fusion, Basic, and Gentle classes, as well as more specialized workouts.