Yoga with Linda's passionate instructors guide groups of fitness-goers through the rhythmic dance moves that characterize zesty Zumba sessions. In order to eradicate excess calories and pesky inhibitions, Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin grooves with easy-to-follow dance steps that even beginners and klutzy shadows can quickly master. Two-stepping teachers employ intervals of both fast and slow dancing, peppering each routine with spurts of resistance training so that muscles can define themselves before the British tabloids define them first. Yoga with Linda's class schedule offers Zumba four days a week, and hip-shakers must be at least 13 years of age to participate.
Fitness & Dance hosts a series of centering classes such as Pilates Mat, an odyssey of core and back workouts alongside coordination exercises. During the Vinyasa-flow yoga class, firm postures and steady breaths form bridges between the domains of body and spirit. A Fusion class injects bursts of cardiovascular exertion, such as lightning rounds of Duck, Duck, Goose, into Pilates and yoga regimens in order to set calories aflame. Club-toting linksmen aim to improve their games with a Golf Conditioning class that applies the core tenets of Pilates, yoga, and axe combat to golf swings. Groupon holders can mix and match classes from the schedule or delve into one or two disciplines. Head to the website's class-descriptions section for information on required gear.
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 Mossa routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
At Prana Yoga, students gather beneath the wings of swans, which float across the studio's wall toward the inspirational quote "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Here, such wisdom surfaces from within as minds clear and muscles strengthen. During the signature Vinyasa flow class, the temperature rises to loosen tight muscles and oust squatting toxins. Students match deep, relaxing breaths with a series of ancient poses as teachers, such as studio cofounder Carrie Herscovici, circulate the room, lighting candles and gently adjusting bodily alignment. Drawing from her training with power-yoga superstar Baron Baptiste and Indian sage Senthil Kumar, Carrie inspires her students to surmount both physical challenges and mental unrest, strengthening the body while bringing peace to the mind. In addition to leading classes, she donates 10% of the studio's profits to charity and operates a clothing boutique that helps shoppers integrate yoga into their everyday lives and bow-tie collections.
When viewed through the wall of mirrors at Bikram Yoga Rochester, the studio's wood-paneled ceiling and walls seem to go on forever. In 105-degree heat, a team of experienced instructors leads students through intensive yoga poses that systematically engage the entire body. Students can watch themselves twist and bend during 90-minute classes selected from the studio’s schedule. The temperature of the steamy studio space is engineered to soothe muscles, loosen joints, and encourage detoxification, and provides a challenging setting for students to launch bodies into modifiable postures that accommodate all skill levels from novice to expert and even pregnant women. In addition to yoga, Bikram Yoga Rochester also employs a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, massage therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist.