Waves tumbling across sand is one of the most relaxing sounds. It is appropriate, then, given the name of her studio, that instructor Sue Wattenbarger has a soothing voice that doesn’t disturb the sense of calm in a room full of yogis. She calls on that calm demeanor, along with more than 200 hours of training, to guide students through restorative yoga classes. Sue specializes in lymphatic classes that help circulate fluids in the body and strengthen the immune system. The staff there is also experience with guided relaxation massage and yin yoga, which uses longer poses to increase mobility in the joints or make hiding in the National Mannequin Museum all day easier.
Hard Exercise Works helps clients improve their physical health with intense total-body workout regimens for all fitness levels and sage nutrition advice within a supportive fitness community. Dedicated coaches push attendees to reach their goals in classes that accommodate up to 50 students, ensuring pupils' safety by demonstrating proper technique. Each workout consists of an ever-changing sequence of intense exercises, intended to improve strength and stamina over a five-week period. In addition to a vigorous fitness regimen, the gym's nutrition philosophy promotes well-being outside of class sessions by either prescribing a five-week diet for students or teaching them how to photosynthesize their own food.
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.
Master Gym’s training facility houses circuit weight stations, elliptical machines, and other high-quality cardio equipment. Members can work up a sweat following their own routine, or they can join in on one of the regularly scheduled classes. Zumba classes burn calories with fun dance routines set to Latin-inspired music, and cardio-kickboxing sessions help tone muscles using a series of jabs, hooks, and other boxing moves. Master Gym also offers boot-camp sessions, which mix a variety of exercises to build strength and endurance.
Best Body Bootcamp designs classes that are unusual and fun, challenging students to flip tires and pull heavy sleds. Certified instructor Gina Galiano, a lifelong fitness enthusiast, found herself floundering as workouts became boring and tedious. A manifestation of the antidote she discovered, today Gina leads what she calls "eclectic" boot-camp sessions that change from week to week. By keeping the workouts fresh, she hopes to prevent participants from becoming bored and dangerously pretending their dumbbells are hand puppets. Based in cardio and strength training, Gina's 45- to 60-minute workouts eschew fitness-machine doldrums for weight work and exercises that elevate heart rates.