At just 12 years old, studio owner Betsy Jones-Cooper stepped into her first yoga class accompanied by her mother, who, at the time, was a bit skeptical about the mind-body practice. As it turned out, yoga won over both mother and daughter. As an adult, she eventually discovered and fell in love with the Bikram style, a yogic variation that eventually inspired her to study directly under its founder Bikram Choudhury, complete a 500-hour certification program, and teach the 26-posture series at her very own studio. Over the next decade, her yoga interests expanded into other yoga traditions, including the more aerobic Vinyasa style, which links a continuous series of postures with mindful breaths, in addition to the active routines of Hot Fusion and Yoga Core. As she's expanded her classes, she's accumulated a team of passionate, fun-loving instructors and a database of more than 6,000 students.
Founded in 1974, Yoga East has spent nearly four decades guiding visitors along the path to mental serenity and physical wellness. The nonprofit educational organization holds more than 75 classes a week at three Louisville studios, inviting guests of all fitness backgrounds to flow through the tableaux of multiple yoga disciplines. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and gentle yoga cull tension from muscles and foster flexibility. Classes can accommodate skill levels from gentle to advanced by modifying maneuvers and demanding that the tree and mountain poses be performed atop their namesakes.
Each Yoga East instructor has earned certification from Yoga Alliance. Their collective expertise enables the studios to offer teacher training as well as workshops, community events, and additional fitness courses, such as Pilates.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Powerhouse Gym Louisville fortifies fitness routines with an all-encompassing roster of exercise essentials sprawled across a 17,000-square-foot facility. Beneath its towering ceilings, dumbbells weighing up to 150 pounds headline a robust fleet of weightlifting gear, and treadmills and ellipticals from brands such as Cybex and Precor lead a fitness army comprising 40 cardio machines. In addition to its solo workout stations, the gym staffs certified trainers who pilot a weekly roster of group classes, chiseling muscles and burning fat during spirited boot-camp classes and Power Hour classes. Powerhouse Gym further bolsters workouts with onsite massages, custom training and nutrition plans, free WiFi, and words of encouragement whispered exclusively in sonnets.
Discovering the mission of The Artist In You is as simple as reading its name—to help every guest unleash their creative side. A knowledgeable staff guides participants through pottery-painting and glass-fusing experiences. Hundreds of pieces of pottery, ranging from dishes to tiles to figurines, await personalization from paint, fingerprints, stamps, stencils, and image transfers before taking a toasty trip into one of the studio's three kilns. Bits of colorful glass gain new life during fusing sessions in which visitors can assemble gleaming jewelry or prismatic plates. The studio hosts private birthday parties, bachelorette gatherings, fundraising events, and children's camps, and individual walk-ins are allowed during all of these events.
Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.