Sledgehammers. Ropes. Kettlebells. The training equipment at Hybrid Fitness isn't necessarily what one would find at a traditional gym, but the trainers know that it's all they need. They draw up high-intensity exercise regimens for clients—working out alone or in groups—who want to burn excess body fat, boost their mobility, and carve lean muscle. To power participants through tough routines, trainers provide ample encouragement and motivation throughout each session.
Sacred Movement Yoga's owner Kristina turned to yoga to relieve the stress of too much weight, debt, and coffee and found that her stresses melted away in the face of a burgeoning yoga practice, inspiring her to share her life-management tool with others. Along with a team of experienced instructors, Kristina leads three levels of Vinyasa-style yoga classes, guiding students through sequences of athletic poses, connected by continuous, balance-testing movements and breaths. During dance-infused fitness classes, instructors use a ballet barre to stabilize students as they perform dynamic, ballet-style movements to sculpt lean muscle. Sacred Movement's resident massage therapist performs reiki, traditional massage, and Thai-yoga treatments for patrons seeking further treatment for physical, emotional, and spirit-animal-related tension.
Jody and Bjorn Turnquist opened 3 Bridges Yoga with the philosophy that yoga should warmly embrace practitioners of all skill levels. As a result, they offer Vinyasa-style classes for beginners and advanced yogis. The Turnquists and other certified instructors teach postures and breathing techniques in a room heated to 75-80 degrees with lessons that focus on basic postures and alignments in addition to more intensified bending. With sun streaming through expansive windows and spilling out onto cork floors, their studio lends itself to a practice more peaceful than swimming through a pool of warm chamomile tea.
At Spurling Training Systems, coaches design and scale fitness programs to clients' goals and skill levels. In their 7,500-square-foot gym, they lead cross-training and boot-camp sessions to improve athletic conditioning. A mixed bag, those sessions include everything from flipping tractor tires and punching heavy bags to sprints, weightlifting, and resistance training. Besides group and personal-training sessions, they also provide nutritional guidance to help members meet their goals.
The teachers at Nataraja School of Yoga certainly acknowledge and harp on the importance of alignment, posture, and breath. But, to them, the ability to reconnect the mind and body is yoga’s most powerful tool. All of the instructors have passed Iyengar-influenced training in both poses and philosophy, though they lead such class styles as beginner yoga, Very Gentle yoga for seniors, and advanced practice for descendants of the Gumby family. The studio also hosts Zumba classes, a faster-paced dance-cardio workout that sometimes includes weighted sticks for added toning.