Health & Fitness in South Portland Gardens

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Chiropractors at Specific Chiropractic Centers coast to coast get their clients walking tall with advanced spine-straightening technology. They pinpoint spinal abnormalities with an advanced thermographic scan that sends heat cascading through problem areas, allowing the professionals to make an informed diagnosis. From there, they deploy their chiropractic method to fix upper-cervical kinks and restore neural functionality. The goal is to perform as few adjustments as possible both to respect clients' schedules and to carve out more time for practitioners to work on their puppeteer careers.

51 US Route 1
Scarborough,
ME
US

At Lifestyle Fitness Center, the professional fitness team fosters svelter silhouettes and stronger bodies in a 20,000-square-foot facility brimming with Nautilus, Life Fitness, and Cybex exercise equipment. More than 80 cardio machines test every sinew and bifurcated hoof while the fleet of treadmills lights up glistening faces with personal 15-inch LCD TVs attached to each machine. Enthusiastic instructors lead dancercizers in cardio-intensive Zumba classes, help yogis of all levels twist torsos during yoga classes, and motivate students through an array of aerobics classes designed to roast calories. Exercisers can also enter the 2,500-square-foot cardio theater room for stationary cycling amid audio and video stimulation or recharge with free wireless Internet at the juice bar. The adult-supervised childcare room, with toys and beanbag chairs, allows parents to focus on their workout or to finally get some alone time with the Legos.

29 Pleasant Hill Rd
Scarborough,
ME
US

Out in the park, its not uncommon to see dozens of people swinging their hips, hooping and laughing. They're not going for a Guinness Book record or even competing: they're burning calories in a fun way. It's what Hardcore Hooping is all about—getting people together for energetic, healthy activities that shed pounds. The hooping experts design their multi-colored hoops specifically for the task, weighting them perfectly with water. That water swooshes around while hooping, creating a rhythmic sound that fosters a trance-like focus. Besides burning calories, hoop exercises build core strength and improve balance and flexibility. Hardcore Hooping also offers rental packages for events and leads high-energy fitness classes.

Deering Oaks Drive
Portland,
ME
US

At ZUJA Wellness, instructors help students of all levels strengthen their body, mind, and spirit with a diverse medley of fitness and wellness classes and personal training sessions. Each of their group classes focuses on core strengthening, stabilization, and balance biomechanics—with instructors on hand to make modifications to better suit students’ abilities. They turn the focus to quieting the mind during yoga sessions, which are performed on mats or suspended in fabric hammocks. In addition to hosting a variety of wellness workshops, the center helps reduce tension and stress through massage therapy and reflexology services.

81 West Commercial Street
Portland,
ME
US

At Pure Movement Pilates Studio, tables and chairs aren't furniture, but workout partners. The trapeze table and four Wunda chairs facilitate Pilates exercise by adding resistance to motion with their spring systems. They work alongside five Reformers and several mats during private, semiprivate, and group classes, all of which are led by seasoned instructors and customized to suit students of varying skill levels. Though the techniques vary by session and apparatus, their benefits align: better posture, increased flexibility, and lean muscles.

Pilates isn't the only discipline taught by the expert staff, however. Professional dancer Elizabeth Mikautadze leads Gyrotonic courses, a method that, unlike playing basketball in a straitjacket, emphasizes achieving and maintaining full range of motion through fluid, free movements. Her lessons draw from fields as diverse as tai chi, swimming, and gymnastics to guide clients as they manipulate pulley-based machinery. The studio also hosts meditative Hatha yoga lessons, and, to offset soreness and soothe physiques, its onsite massage therapists administer reflexology, deep-tissue massages, and Thai bodywork.

1 Marginal Way
Portland,
ME
US

Though he named his business after the Greek word for discipline, Tommy Holmes believes that exercisers require more than that to sustain a fitness regimen—they also need variety and a shared sense of community. Tommy prioritizes functional exercises such as weightlifting and gymnastics techniques. He acquaints his clients with kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine balls, outfitting the most advanced students with Batman-like utility belts that hold all three.

In addition to resistance routines, his workouts incorporate team-based drills and games to amuse as well as challenge participants. After teaching fundamental maneuvers and safety through his basics course, Tommy hosts group classes. He also crafts customized fitness and nutrition plans during personal-training sessions to help clients achieve personal goals, such as becoming the first person to run a backwards three-minute mile.

26 Carignan Avenue
Portland,
Maine
US