The experienced fitness instructors at Sweat Studios lead students through the weight training, cardio, yoga and core work that makes up the studio's signature group fitness classes and personal training sessions. Each class style targets a different area of concern; BodyStep classes boost heart rates with height-adjustable step exercises, and BodyFlow classes fuse yoga, tai chi, and Pilates to leave participants feeling both flexible and calm, traits which prepare them for future attempts to land a burning helicopter on top of a skyscraper.
At Goga Studios Lakewood Ranch, members shape and sculpt their bodies using advanced health and wellness tools. The super fast oscillations of Whole Body Vibration machines augment the effects of resistance training, while infrared saunas detoxify the body while burning up to 300 calories in 15 minutes. Members also have access to an unlimited cache of pure, hand-mined himalayan salt that can be used in cooking, bathing, inhalers, and neti pots.
Doing the same exercise routine over and over again bores the mind as much as it does the muscles. Mental fatigue sets in, and worse, the body becomes accustomed to the regimen and progress wanes. The instructors at BestFit Fitness know the body needs variety to grow faster and stronger, which is why they developed their BestFit system. The instructors send shockwaves through bored muscles with 50 weeks of different full-body workouts. Though each week's 30- to 45-minute routine hones endurance, strength, power, and core fitness, they are never identical. One week, patrons might take on invisible opponents with kickboxing strikes, and the next, they might heave kettlebells until they reveal their darkest secrets.
The signature regime welcomes all levels of fitness, as do their alternative classes such as CrossFit, a dynamic patchwork of high-intensity conditioning techniques. In TRX suspension training, patrons face off against their own body weight as they perform exercises while dangling from resistance bands.
At Shapes Total Fitness for Women, the instructors strive to make working out as easy and fun as possible. That's why?in addition to providing access to free weights and cardio machines?they host more than 67 group training sessions per week, with options ranging from yoga to indoor cycling. That way, clients can get in shape using whatever means work best for them. Some of the eclectic classes have zero impact on joints, too?specifically the ones in the on-site pool. These include 45-minute water cardio classes and versatile aqua aerobics sessions, which are ideal for athletes with arthritis and other special needs. The most completely flexible workouts at the gym, however, are the personal training sessions. The one-on-one workouts are designed purely around the client's goals, whether she wants to lose weight or grow strong enough to carry her favorite dumbbell home with her.
The word yoga finds its origins in the Sankskrit word "yuj," meaning to yolk or bring together. That philosophy drives the practitioners at Three in One Yoga, who take the name of their business from their desire to unite mind, body, and spirit. To do so, they take a broad view of yogic traditions, combining the modern amenity of heated room with the older tradition of vinyasa yoga. While combining breath and movement to flow through postures, they group meditates on a particular subject, sometimes secularly chosen from yogic philosophy, or sometimes embodied by a passage of biblical scripture shared at the beginning of class.
After NCCPT-certified personal trainer Charles Chestnut III graduated from Western Illinois University??where he played football and studied human biological sciences??he returned to his native Florida and founded Chestnut Performance Training. The company specializes in boot camp and personal-training sessions that are held outdoors at local parks. Chestnut III taps into his athletic background during his T.E.A.M. Athletics training sessions, which help athletes improve key sports-related abilities such as speed, agility, and referee schmoozing.