Green Locus wants to make living a healthy lifestyle practical and simple through yoga, mindfulness, and healthy eating habits. So at their welcoming yoga studio in the Westchase Tower Center, certified instructors teach weekly yoga classes for all ages, meditation workshops, teacher trainings, private yoga classes, and kids yoga parties. Practitioners can come in for a Flow class that focuses on smooth breath and movement transitions, try a relaxing and mindful Gentle session, or work core strength in a Strong class, which offers a challenging yoga workout.
Xtreme Dance Company of Tampa forms a family out of its network of instructors, many of whom trained together in the past. Regardless of the dance style being taught—and the curriculum covers more than a few, from flamenco to hip-hop—they focus as much on building confidence as honing form. Students of all ages might practice ballet techniques, tap choreography, and acrobatic stunts under their supportive guidance, and they even take on babysitting duties: during Parents' Night Out sessions, they entertain youngsters with lessons and games, allowing adults to have a carefree evening.
Since their near-simultaneous invention in the 1930s, yoga and Pilates have been locked in the smiling ferocity of mortal frenemy combat, each vying for wellness superiority. Today’s Groupon lets you choose sides: for $25, you get two yoga or Pilates classes (or one of each, normally $20 a piece) along with an eyebrow shaping at Palm Wellness Center (normally $15), a combined $55 value. Receive a full bushel of physical uplift with toning exercises and slick facial aesthetics that scream 2010.
As a former national-level figure skater and ISSA-certified personal trainer, Jessica knows what a full-body burn feels like. However, she didn't know that a stationary bike could replicate the feeling, until a fellow trainer encouraged her to climb aboard a RealRyder cycle. Jessica became a devotee after just two rides. Determined to share her newfound passion with others, she gathered a team of certified instructors, populated two studios with RealRyder ABF8 bikes, and opened their doors to prospective pedalers of all fitness levels.
Inside Ryde For Life, Jessica and her staff host 45- to 60-minute classes synced to each teacher's music playlist. They lead stationary teams atop RealRyder bikes, whose specialized frames allow riders to lean, bank, and steer as they would an on-road bike. In addition to pumping up cardiovascular systems, sessions engage the core, upper body, legs, and the scalp muscles that hold helmets in place.
Though many workers-out desire want a gym that feels like a home away from home, complete with saunas, juice bars, and tanning beds, Elite Strength & Conditioning caters to a different class of gym-goers. Inside the spartan space, every inch is dedicated to the most effective, functional conditioning equipment, from coiled metal chains to hulking tractor tires. During guided workouts and open-gym sessions, members push themselves to their limits, burning through calories at breakneck speed while layering on muscle. The process helps clients improve athletic performance and prepare for an apocalypse that leaves behind nothing but kettlebells with which to build houses.
At Real Athletics & Wellness, trainers have two settings: low and high intensity. But the physical results they help clients achieve fit into a single category: striking. Whether instructors—including a triple-threat college athlete and a former professional volleyball player—head up RAW Elite Training, a challenging mix of running, TRX, and other exercises, or Shape-Up Training, a scaled-down version of RAW Elite, they use functional movements to shape bodies quickly. That same method is put to use in athlete training, personal training, and programs for youth and seniors.