Hot air swirls around Bikram Yoga’s studio, heating limbs and relaxing tense muscles as students sink deeply into their practice’s 26 postures. During 90-minute sessions, a Bikram-certified instructor leads classes through a consistent routine of standing and seated poses mixed with two breathing exercises. In the space’s equatorial temperatures, students of all fitness levels burn calories, strengthen muscles, and eject perspirable toxins as instructors offer encouragement and personalized modifications. In addition to bringing a yoga mat and towel from home, students should prepare for class by drinking enough water to float a flock of rubber duckies.
Elite Strength and Performance's enthusiastic instructors rally physiques of all fitness levels for personal training and group classes within a state-of-the-art facility. The instructors forge a supportive atmosphere with free-flowing words of encouragement to boost self-esteem and watch to ensure no participant is left behind or doing the hand jive instead of sets of burpees. Gals of all ages are welcome to women's boot camp sessions, which cover a medley of exercises to keep heart rates peaked during fat-busting routines. Weight training, swim training, and memberships are also available.
At Elite Muay Thai, a team of martial-arts instructors passes martial-arts wisdom to trainees in a range of daily classes. Day and nighttime classes include muay thai kickboxing, jiujitsu, mixed martial arts, and general fitness.
Powerhouse Gym's clean, brightly lit fitness facility blooms with activity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As clients speed toward goals on cardio machines—including ellipticals, rowing machines, and recumbent bikes—or tussle with a huge selection of free weights, instructors lead hundreds of fitness classes that range from TRX Suspension to ballroom dancing. After working out, members can unwind on the facility's clinical-grade hydro-massage machine, kick back in one of the lie-down tanning beds, or socialize at the onsite café area. As a family-friendly facility, the gym also offers a supervised Kids Club devoid of child-devouring boogeymen.
The instructors of Cherise’s Heavenly Fitness structure their lessons to adhere to the club slogan, “Where friendships are made and bodies are changed.” Instructors, including AFAA-certified Kelli Durrance, believe that when people have fun at the gym, they're more likely to continue their fitness regime (plus a little fun during exercise never hurt anyone). Whether sweating in a Zumba class, strengthening in a yoga session, or bench-pressing legal documents in a boot-camp class, students are surrounded by like-minded folk ready to slim their torsos and share a smile.