Cheryl, Evolution Fitness and Wellness Solutions’ seasoned personal trainer, totes her 17 years of experience into the gym to tone bodies and inspire healthy lifestyles in students of all fitness levels. Her 60- to 75-minute boot camps play to coed groups but include a variety of ladies-only classes, such as kickboxing and mom-and-baby sessions. Through use of weights, structures, and gravity in both outdoor and indoor sessions, participants rev up endurance and energy, gain coordination and strength, and work toward positive attitudes and a slimmer self. The motivational instructors at BBB-accredited Evolution Fitness also keep students' muscles guessing with urban pole walking, sports conditioning, and bridal fitness programs to assure no one ever falls into a boring, ineffective routine, like regular teeth brushing.
At Tru Fitness and Health, the fitness-savvy staff’s commitment to fitness extends beyond group classes, semi-private training, and one-on-one sessions; trainers reach out to absent members with friendly calls or singing telegrams to encouraging them to return to the studio. Personal-training sessions and two to three-person semi-private sessions craft custom approaches to fitness regimens, and group sessions average a class size of 10–12 members, so coaches can lavish personal attention on each student, ensuring they perform each exercise safely, correctly, and without bribing their neighbour to hold their dumbbells. Tru Fitness’s full-body regimen also unites eating right and exercise with screenings for muscular imbalances and 21-day nutrition plans designed by a registered dietitian.
Inspired by the belief that one's physical and mental well-being is the most important priority in life, the instructors at KarmaYoga Studio gently motivate their patrons to achieve this harmony within themselves. Exposed stone creates an earthy backdrop as the instructors lead students in group classes that cater to a range of skill levels and yoga modalities. Within the neutral-toned studio, the wall-length floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect concentrating yogis as they bend and stretch across the plum-colored antibacterial floors. Body benders battle stress atop personal or rented mats for 60–90 minutes in group classes such as Hatha yoga, which teaches 30 postures in a heated room to help soften muscles, ease breath, and reveal which students are actually snowmen wearing yoga pants.
When Mike Worden of Energy Boot Camp shouts instructions to his campers in any given session, his words carry a little more weight than the average command. That's because, in addition to being an American Council on Exercise–certified personal trainer, he possesses a certification as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or the art of phrasing statements to get people to react in a certain way. He uses his skill set to amp up campers' enthusiasm and motivation while presenting them with increasingly harder physical challenges. These can include short sprints followed by classic burpees, a rapid-fire combination of sit-ups, crunches, and pushups, or partner-resistance exercises, such as refusing to blink during a staring contest.
Champions of making traditional Ashtanga yoga accessible to pupils of all experience levels—including kids, seniors, and teens—SAVY International's certified faculty helms classes that promote yoga’s physical benefits and explore its theoretical origins. Led by Dr. Jitender K. Sahdev, an advanced certified Yoga teacher and E-RYT 500, experienced instructors guide students through classes of various levels held throughout the week, introducing nascent posers to stretching essentials during the beginner-level Gentle Yoga class and promoting the release of stress release and knock-knock jokes through the Laughter Yoga class. To complement their bountiful course offerings, SAVY staffers offers nutritional packages and ease achy bodies with a variety of therapeutic massages. Adroit muscle manipulators bombard the body’s pressure points with strategic strokes that can relieve corporeal and emotional malaise, and relaxation-inducing oils such as coconut, olive, and mustard bolster the massage’s healing powers.
Create Balance Pilates owners Collette Brown and Renée D’Orsay believe a balanced body is the path to a balanced life that is both healthy and fulfilling. As Stott Pilates instructors, they foster this equilibrium by teaching core-strengthening exercises developed with the input of physical therapists, sports-medicine experts, and exercise-science researchers that stress alignment and form to help students sculpt their bodies safely. Clear, concise cues guide students through isometric exercises atop exercise mats as well as fluid movements performed on spring-based resistance equipment such as Reformers, jumpboards, and reflex-testing jack-in-the-boxes.
In addition to offering small-group classes for many different skill levels, the studio caters to students’ goals during private training sessions in its cozy, sunlit space. No matter which type of instruction students receive, they typically experience a measurable increase in strength and coordination, and find themselves building the type of endurance and flexibility required to run a marathon en pointe.