Working out on Grace Anatomy's reformers—the roller-and-spring contraptions that work core muscles in a variety of exercises—provides an intense, core-strengthening regimen on cutting-edge Stott Pilates equipment. Grace limits class sizes to six participants, ensuring that each participant receives individual attention from the studio's experienced instructors. Classes, offered for four skill levels, are plentiful, with 48 offerings per week on Grace's schedule, catering to the busy lives of working parents, harried professionals, and road-weary carnival barkers alike.
LA Wraps is the Premier InfraRed Body Wrap Studio in Citrus County Florida. We use only the Formostar Encore system resulting in the absolute best results for our clients. Each session is not only a full hour, but no messy lotions, potions or embarrassing moments as our clients remain fully clothed.
Pilates Plus has brought the SPX fitness class's high-intensity blend of traditional Pilates and modern weight training to media outlets from the TV Guide channel to Shape magazine. At each 40- to 55-minute group session, Pilates pros show students how to cultivate strength, stamina, and prize-winning roses with a ProFormer machine, which works upper- and lower-body muscles through a system of springs and pulleys. Although old-school routines such as pushups and lunges tone the body, support from the ProFormer machine keeps pressure off the joints and spine so elbows don't go on strike in the middle of putting a warthog in a headlock. The Pilates component of the workout lengthens and enhances posture while keeping heart rates up and burning calories.
65-year-old Judith Harris hadn't worked out a day in her life. In her testimonial on CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle's website, she says, "It was with absolute fear that I entered a gym for the first time, knowing I needed help, but not having any idea what to expect." Jessyca Slaymaker, the center's owner and head trainer, worked with her to devise a personalized fitness regimen, then helped her build the confidence to push herself past her preconceived fitness barriers. Today, Judith is down to 5% body fat and can curl a 15-pound dumbbell. "What I am learning from [Jessyca] has impacted my life beyond the gym," she says. "I give her the highest recommendation."
This is just one of the success stories from CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle, where experienced teachers and trainers forge fit bodies in the seasoned and inexperienced alike. For parents with small children, Jessyca and her certified staff host Mommy & Me yoga sessions and the Tiny Jammers music class, which keeps little ones engaged with creative music activities while parents work out. Jessyca calls on her prenatal fitness certification to lead Baby Bump Bootcamp, which keeps expectant mothers healthy and helps stave off the common aches and pains of pregnancy. Naturally, CardioBody Fitness & Lifestyle also offers a host of classic fitness classes, leading students through everything from restorative yoga to medicine ball workouts. Morning Mix Flow vinyasa yoga classes help detox the body with vigorous poses and breath work as ballet barre sessions harness the lengthening and strengthening powers of traditional ballet techniques.
A National Association of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainer and a former football player, Will Harding has what it takes to help people exceed their expectations. His post-college work with personal trainers inspired him to get certified himself, and today he guides clients toward healthy and active lifestyles at Beast Nation.
Will designs customized programs for everyone. Depending on their needs, he might ask them to engage in weight lifting, plyometrics, cardio conditioning, or all of the above. Some of his regimens include exercises such as pushups, weight lifting, and heavy rope exercises, as well as sport-specific conditioning such as running mechanics and lateral and linear agility. Will also leads indoor group boot camps that help clients shed weight and increase energy without resorting to extreme measures such as bathing in caffeinated soda.
Certified personal trainer Maya Abu-Mansour has been intrigued by physical fitness since she was 5 years old, when she started dancing. After earning a degree in Finance and Economics at California State University Northridge, she began working on television sets, where she got the opportunity to perform circuit and interval training with stuntmen. This reinvigorated her passion for staying fit, healthy, and mentally focused, and now she seeks to have the same positive impact on her students during her personal training and group fitness classes. She keeps muscles surprised with a varied routine that combines elements of kickboxing, dance, strength-training, and other exercise disciplines.