Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Paper lanterns bounce light off pristine bamboo floors at Surya Yoga studio, where the walls are covered in yoga- and Hindu-inspired murals. The 2,500-square-foot space includes two spacious practice rooms, plus a lounge with a couch, candles, and rugs that create a homey vibe. But while it might be tempting to Zen out on the cushions, yoga classes await: from a four-week Introduction to Yoga course to SUP Yoga (stand-up paddleboarding), vinyasa flow, kids' yoga, and more. The studio also hosts events and special workshops with visiting instructors, giving students more ways to grow in their practice.