For more than 20 years, Yoga Connection's classes have focused on stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques—but founder and director Priscilla Potter isn't afraid of yoga's more holistic side, either. When she's not teaching, she's an astrologer and a meditation instructor, and her multifaceted perspective on yoga shines through in the studio's schedule. Sessions range from bouts of yin yoga to chakra yoga, which explores the body's seven energy centers.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
The trained and experienced instructors at Animas Center lead 15–20 students in yoga and Pilates classes on sprung wood floors specially designed to cushion yogis and foster healthy joints. Mix and match from the schedule's spectrum of body-bending classes, such as the VyaVinyasa class, which blends the kinetics of martial arts and dance with the contemplative posing of yoga. Yoga Nidra, a 45-minute guided meditation, disposes the stresses of the mind and the tensions of the body through a careful combination of relaxing exercises and supine positions that leave yogis as calm and centered as a monk encased in jell-o. Core-strengthening Pilates workouts, such as Pilates mat classes, comfortably cater to the spine through a series of floor exercises.
In the shadows of the Catalina foothills, Prestige Fitness's trainers inspire their clients to reach new heights. In 120 small group classes a week, instructors show exercisers how to push their muscles to the limit in TRX suspension sessions or get their blood pumping in vigorous spinning classes. Staff use the Polar BodyAge® system to assess clients' fitness level—a computerized fitness-assessment tool that measures oxygen usage, flexibility, and what percentage of the body is composed of Mountain Dew. The center also hosts whole body vibration machines, which tone muscles rapidly by inducing rapid involuntary muscle contractions in major groups.
Better Bodies wears many different hats. Though the upscale gym features classic strength-training equipment and cardio machines, it also offers nutritional counseling, personal training and group fitness classes, such as spinning, yoga, boot camp, and Pilates. Better Bodies' spacious layout and sleek decor provide a soothing atmosphere for fitness and relaxation alike. After an intense workout, you can recharge with a protein-rich smoothie at the café, refresh at the full onsite salon and spa, and then relax in the gender-separate steam rooms.