The experienced instructors at Body Experience Fitness Studio view closeness as a key ingredient to health. Their group studio accommodates a maximum of 18 students, allowing enough space for dynamic Zumba steps and reaching stretches while simultaneously preserving an air of intimacy. During classes, they foster the familiar atmosphere by giving personalized directions—yoga poses might shift to include challenging poses for advanced yogis or a supportive chair assist for beginners, and the tension of resistance bands can rise if pupils accidentally use pantyhose instead of sanctioned resistance bands.
Their curriculum includes lessons in varied fields, from boot-camp drills to Hatha sequences, and their histories are just as diverse. For example, trainer Shelly Haag entered the fitness industry to combat her fibromyalgia, and registered yoga teacher Heidi Rohrbeck simply seeks to augment the happiness of others. However, the staff shares the goal of holistic health improvement, regardless of age, body type, and limitations.
Natural sunlight streams in from the windows, illuminating the soft floors and a sturdy brass bar that extends the length of the mirrored wall. Here, a staff of expert instructors teaches students of all needs and goals in a range of cardio and strength-training fitness classes up to nine times a day.
Instructors specialize in Barre Method classes, drawing from classical dance techniques to work the entire body with free weights, a ballet barre, and human-size nutcrackers filled with sand. Additionally, they break out suspension straps for TRX training, mount stationary bikes during spin sessions, and push play on heart-thumping Latin music during cardio-centric Zumba dance classes.
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.
Level Health & Fitness builds fitter bodies with group classes and top-of-the-line cardio and weight-training equipment. Morning and evening fitness classes mold muscles, as instructors guide hip swivels in dance-based Zumba classes and full-body sweat sessions during boot camp. Solo exercisers can increase their heart rate on ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, and step mills or build sinewy strength for boulder-hurling season using racks of free weights, balls, and bands. Postworkout, Level's contemporary Café Bar reenergizes spent frames with smoothies, protein shakes, and energy drinks. The complimentary Kids Club childcare keeps little ones busy with supervised games and arts and crafts while parents get their daily dose of burn. Separate bathroom facilities offer private lockers to stash valuables, towel service, and showers to wash away workout resin.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K jump-starts Thanksgiving celebrations with a healthy, full-body feast of exercise, with proceeds benefiting local food organizations. Starting on the world-famous Fremont Street, pavement stompers weave past the historic downtown vistas lining Las Vegas Boulevard, home to myriad celebrities, reality television shows, and retired slot machines. After coasting to a finish beneath the Fremont Street Experience, participants gather for a postrace party, where refreshments, music, and chances to win prizes from sponsors accompany huffs and puffs of accomplishment. Additionally, strollers are permitted during the race but must line up behind individual runners and must not be equipped with nitrous.
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.