The instructors at Perfect Balance Fitness & Martial Arts Training strive to create a happy marriage between Eastern and Western philosophies. Master Al Agon draws from the discipline and fitness ideals of ancient martial arts techniques and modernizes them with instruction tailored to help kids build discipline and focus in school and professionals cope with stresses at work. To earn a black belt, students must exhibit devotion not only at the gym but also in other important aspects of life, such as relationships and school work, striving toward a lifetime of fitness and overall contentment. In addition to the martial arts program, the venue also hosts intense kickboxing classes in which students pummel punching bags until they agree to share the secrets of withstanding a pummeling. One-on-one personal training sessions also adhere to Agon's training philosophy and are tailored to help clients meet their individual wellness goals.
Captained by seasoned yogini Bertha Diaz, Firefly Hot Yoga caters to beginning, intermediate, and athletic cross-training students with heated and unheated classes. The studio's schedule delivers a variety of classes, including Power Vinyasa sessions, which beckon attendees with an elevated thermostat and a dynamic sequences of poses. The poses help students bolster stamina and concentration, and the heat detoxifies cells and leaves muscles as relaxed as a hammock in zero gravity. Eschewing the heated practice space entirely, Gentle Therapeutic yoga enlists slower-paced, restorative poses that soothe chronic pains, baby injured muscles, and buoy postures with such props as blankets, straps, and teddy bears stuffed with marshmallows. During private lessons, instructors tailor their teachings to each student's skill level, along with their fitness and relaxation goals, taking time to ensure proper postural alignment for maximum yogic benefit. Enlisting an arsenal of advanced stretching techniques, yoga props, and suspension apparatuses, private lessons imbue attendees with an understanding of form and control that can prepare students for their everyday yoga practice or bimonthly yoga duels.
The idea of the Buddha getting in a fight might be startling, but the image that Brawling Buddha Studio represents is one where both yoga and martial arts find a home. Atop hardwood flooring, yogis stretch, twist, and pose during classes with the help of longtime yoga instructor Hayley Milks. In a padded area nearby, kids and adults learn karate, muay thai kickboxing, and brazilian jujitsu from seasoned sensei Jimmy Guerrero.
The senseis at CTX Evolution Academy teach the martial arts, but their lessons extend beyond just punches and kicks. Their classes also help kids build confidence, foster self-discipline, and develop anti-bullying techniques. In a large mirrored studio with colorful padded floor mats, instructors teach martial-arts classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as fitness classes such as Zumba.
The cleansing, 105-degree temperatures of Bikram Hot Yoga 305's practice space creates an environment that simultaneously challenges students and helps them find the inner strength necessary to forge a healthy mind-body connection. Founder Carolina Villalba has practiced yoga at studios across the country, drawing on the techniques she learned to develop her skills. Each of her 90-minute classes are open to visitors of any skill or fitness level, and instructors create a supportive environment where attendees can feel comfortable testing their physical limits. Over the course of those 90 minutes, classes perform rehabilitating sequences of 26 asanas as well as two breathing exercises. These deep, sustained stretches methodically work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the entire body, improving strength and flexibility as they help restore the body to optimum health. In addition to providing an additional mental challenge, the room's intense heat encourages sweating and loosens tight joints and muscles, allowing students to sink further into each stretch and easily slip into tight scuba suits.
AACrossfit co-owner Oscar Castillo knows what it means to be tough. As a firefighter and paramedic, he often has to push his own body to the limit in order to keep his community safe. Along with a team of highly-trained coaches, he helps others push their own limitations in order to improve their bodies and sports performance, and develop a high level of self esteem.
Membership with AACrossfit gives a group of up to 40 students access to exercises that are always new and surprising. By keeping the activities varied, the coaches aim to build strength and condition bodies in every way possible so that students can one day reach their goals, whether that's lifting 250 pounds or just losing enough weight to fit back into their wedding track suit. To help students on their journey, AACrossfit also runs a blog that keeps members moving with new workouts of the day and alerts them to upcoming local CrossFit competitions.