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.
For the yoga classes, Jai Dee isn't interested in classifying people as beginner or advanced, but instead welcomes any interested parties to all sessions. True beginners won't have to feel like they don't know what they're getting themselves into, though: their schedule includes in-depth descriptions of all the classes, each of which is also rated by sweat level. The classes range from the gentler Relax and Revive to the more intense hold-focused Strength and Balance, with varying levels of intensity in between. For an added element of fun, Jai Dee also hosts specialty classes that include Zodiac Yoga, which is inspired by the week's astrological trends. The sessions might focus on combating stress one week and toning bods to meet a mysterious, attractive stranger the next.
At Science of Strength, owners Eddie Juica and Travis Kuykendall build dynamic workouts using kettlebells, Olympic lifts, and functional training. Suspension training with Jungle Gym XT suspension straps makes clients work with their own body weight, building core power as well as ligament and tendon strength.
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.
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Fitness studios often work hard to cultivate a relaxing setting. They might install floor-to-ceiling windows, play soothing music, or enforce a strict policy against flash mobs. But Urban Kai ramps up the relaxation to the next level. Their fitness classes take place on the Hillsborough River, where yoga groups stretch and bend atop stand-up paddleboards. The aquatic setting surrounds exercisers in waterfront architecture and open skies, which take on brilliant hues at sunrise and sunset. Dolphins, turtles, cats, and other marine life make occasional appearances as well.
Urban Kai was founded by Michael Conlee and his wife, Aimee. Mr. Conlee originally started paddle boarding as a hobby, but he quickly realized that his new pastime had toned his physique. Mr. Conlee started Urban Kai, and—along with his fellow instructors—he now teaches several on-water fitness classes. Urban Kai's yoga-on-water class, for example, helps participants build strength and flexibility, while warrior-zen workouts combine paddleboard exercises with on-land workouts. Mr. Conlee and his team also take groups on long-distance paddleboard tours.