A fusion of Pilates, yoga, ballet, and calisthenics, Local Barre’s fitness classes tone muscles and strengthen cores with low-impact exercises taught by expert instructors. Because the classes leverage body weight and light free weights, students work at their own pace and comfort level to effectively stretch out taut legs muscles and chisel silhouettes. Classes stay cozy with no more than 18 students, ensuring everyone ample room to dip into a graceful plié across the wood-floored studio, and making sure there's enough music to go around.
Inside the Synergy Tea Room, students can sip herbal brews amid books and calming music in preparation for a challenging or soothing yoga class. As a session begins, they step into the soundproof studio to unfurl their mats on the carpet. The instructor surveys the class—counting no more than 12 heads at a time—and flexes into the first pose, ensuring that between words and demonstration, everyone in class can follow along.
This soothing and gradual progression into yoga practice is a common sight at Synergy Yoga Studio, a Yoga Alliance–registered school and affiliate of the Himalayan Institute. Here, beginners and advanced yogis alike stretch in an atmosphere that eschews competition as much as it welcomes healing energy. Most of the classes are taught in the Hatha yoga style, blending postures with breath work to relax students. During lessons and workshops, the staff emphasizes the value of yoga tenets for holistic wellness—a goal that also informs the treatments of onsite massage and Healing Touch therapists.
In 1997, Nancy Glenmore Tatum and Kevin Casey founded Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center in their house's sunroom. Their operation's therapeutic blend of yoga, massage, and consultation services attracted a wide enough student base to necessitate three expansions, and Nancy and Kevin eventually settled in the Glen Eagles Shopping Center. They still uphold a central belief that "yoga is for everyone," and have upheld that philosophy by building a time machine to let the late Ben Franklin participate. Nancy and Kevin have also cultivated a nurturing community with resources such as workshops and teacher training that promote its growth.
The center's impressive roster of yoga classes covers the flowing Vinyasa poses as well as specialty courses for prenatal mothers, older adults, and kids. Every class pays attention to the individual needs of its students, just as the massage services modify their kneads to better treat specific tensions. A calming interior contributes to Glenmore's warm ambiance: two carpeted studios, a massage room, and a lounge accommodate its guests. Students can also borrow the yoga books and videos of the lending library, so long as they turn in their senses of balance as collateral.
Led by Paul Caminiti, a former collegiate runner and certified group exercise instructors, the staff at Team Adrenaline International has been designing fitness programs for athletes of all ages, experience levels, and fitness levels since 2007. Their programs range from outdoor fitness camps for adults of all levels to programs designed for seasoned athletes, helping them to develop seven key competition principles—speed, power, flexibility, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, balance, and mental strength.
Led by highly experienced, eighth-degree-black-belt-holding instructor Kyoshi Roger Dabney, Competitive Edge Karate's adult self-protection program class teaches students the basics of traditional martial arts, combining standup and grappling methods to produce lean, mean, attacker-attacking machines. Discover how to effectively punch, elbow, kick, and knee multiple opponents with standup defense skills while also learning grappling techniques that can help you escape an attacker who's pinned you to the ground. Students are also taught how to use their minds as even more powerful weapons than fist rockets and leg torpedoes, harnessing the brain's natural crisis-solving and fear-crushing abilities.
Like a teenager who seems to have a smart-aleck answer for everything, Raintree Swim & Racquet Club seems to have a court for any situation. Tennis players can seek refuge from the wind or rain on four recently resurfaced indoor courts, play late into the night on one of eight lighted outdoor courts, or etch portraits of Pete Sampras's dog, Tennis Dog, into the dust of two outdoor clay courts. Throughout the summer, USPTA- and USPTR-certified tennis instructors offer private lessons, summer camps, and clinics for juniors and adults. When players aren’t practicing their backhands, they can work out on the fitness center’s cardiovascular equipment or show up for one of 13 different fitness classes. Guests can also splash away the summer heat at Raintree's Olympic-size outdoor pool, which features a low and high dive, six swimming lanes, and a 3-foot wading area for people whose heads are allergic to water. It’s here that the club holds swimming lessons for preschoolers and competitive swimmers alike.