This studio is called Yoga& for a reason. Yes, there are yoga classes (including hot yoga), but students can also participate in stress-relieving Pilates or high-intensity boxing fusion classes. Yoga classes challenge balance and flexibility while decompressing spines, and Pilates also tests the limits of flexibility, but focuses on developing strong cores. At boxing fusion, though, martial arts moves boost cardio endurance and strength, and, paired with stretching exercises, provide similar flexibility benefits.
Founder Kerry Jenkins infuses 225 Dance with her passion for moving arts that she developed through her 17-year dancing career and a childhood love of dance. To boost cardio fitness, guests can shake hips through Latin-inspired Zumba classes that whip bodies into shape with heart-pumping dance steps. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Kerry works to pass on her family’s tradition of Cajun dancing with classes on Cajun waltz, two-step, and shuffle and hosts an energetic dance party and dinner on Saturday night.
Yoga Bliss elongates muscles and empowers equilibrium through a range of tailored stretching sessions, with several frequently offered course types and more than 35 sessions on the weekly schedule. The Ashtanga Primary Series, derived from meditative Hatha yoga, bolsters spiritual as well as spinal alignment, and hot yoga melts away stressors including toxins, muscle tension, and ice sculptures shaped like childhood bullies. Neophytes begin their evolution into veteran yogis with Basics seminars, and the gentle/restorative session's slow motions and measured breathing accommodate aspiring back-benders with injuries sustained during previous workouts or backyard wrestling matches. Students can stretch out on their own mat or rent one from the studio for an additional $2.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Erin Douglass's charming fitness boutique beckons dancers—who have and don't have experience—with its wall-spanning mirrors and ballet barre. After years of honing her Pilates skills and earning her teaching certification, Erin began to branch out to other exercise modalities and eventually discovered BarreAmped, an inventive form of dance and cardio-infused Pilates. Instantly pleased with how the technique blended a medley of small, isometric movements to sculpt lean muscle while elevating the heart rate, Erin shifted her Pilates-only practice into Purely e barre + pilates. This shift has enabled her to offer dynamic sweat sessions that are as challenging as each client makes them, potentially as challenging as selling a china shop during an earthquake or as easy as squashing a cake with an anvil.
Within the hot-pink walls of Teaze Fitness, certified pole trainers monitor each guest as women of all backgrounds and builds laugh in the face of gravity. The team teaches clients how to climb, spin, and strut around the studio's poles during a signature aerobics workout—one that blends pole dancing with yoga and mat Pilates for a full-body burn. They also uphold a one-pole-per-student rule, so poles don't shy away from unfamiliar fingerprints by turning into ropes and collapsing to the floor. With private parties and additional lessons on chair dance, flexibility, and yoga, the curriculum motivates ladies to unleash their moxie in a judgment-free zone.