Vertical Fitness's group belly-dancing classes provide an empowering workout, strengthening muscles and improving flexibility in a calming, spa-like studio, with bamboo floors and soft candle lighting. Instructor Wendy Scott fuses a background in Pilates and massage therapy with one-hour belly-dance-basics classes, teaching first timers introductory hypnotizing arts such as stretching, posture, and finger-cymbals work. More advanced torso-wigglers can try Christine Karnofsky's classic belly-dancing classes, which last 90 minutes and cover choreography, chaining together movements, and how to dance atop a photocopier.
At Crossfit Sierra Nevada, supportive CrossFit–certified trainers help fitness seekers of all levels craft better bodies through constantly varied and functional motions such as lifting, throwing, and jumping. The Mommy Bells classes lead new moms in 60 minutes of fat-blasting boot camp workouts, where participants hoist kettlebells, stretch bands, and wrestle baby mastodons to help whittle away postpregnancy weight. For those new to the CrossFit philosophy, The Midtrack program spans 10 classes that hone 10 areas of overall physical fitness, including cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, flexibility, and how many statues hands can crush in 30 seconds. Constantly shifting workouts-of-the-day challenge students with intense regimens that include everything from pushups and TRX suspension work to dragging huge tires across the gym.
As a new mother, Tanya Rose Bordner found herself suffering from the severe headaches, hormonal imbalances, and emotional lows that often accompany motherhood. She knew she needed to take better care of herself and decided to try Bikram yoga. Though skeptical at first, she found herself hooked after one class when she discovered that she felt better physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and she eventually decided to become a Bikram-yoga instructor.
Now, Tanya and her team of certified instructors—all of whom have trained for several hundred hours—strive to share the benefits that Tanya felt in that first class with others. Using two breathing exercises designed to circulate oxygenated blood, these instructors lead students through 26 postures that carve out toned muscles and pump up flexibility. The classes take place in a 105-degree room with a recently renovated rubber floor, and after each session, staff members encourage students to press an ice-cream cone or the provided frozen lavender towels against their heated brows.
With its gleaming marble demonstration counter, wooden cabinets topped with carved grapevines, and overhead televisions, the teaching kitchen at Nothing To It! Culinary Center would look perfectly at home on a film set. Instead, it sets the stage for the school’s master chefs to share the secrets to baking a flaky, golden pie crust or simmering a fragrant Moroccan stew with more than 500 students each month. Under the helm of Culinary Director, Chef Lara Ritchie, a graduate of New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vermont, expert gourmands constantly add new hands-on and demonstration classes to their already encyclopedic schedule. Budding Boyardees hoping for a comprehensive approach can take the eight-level techniques series, which starts with knife skills and finishes with advanced techniques such as rendering an emulsified aioli or soft-boiling an egg with telekinesis. Pupils interested in more specific, contained lessons join hot-topic sessions, which delve into gluten-free cooking or sausage making, or international classes that explore Lebanese cuisine’s spices or Spain’s rustic charcoal-fired meats. Over the holidays, the 6,000-square-foot center fills with apprentices who learn to craft seasonal edibles such as truffles or gingerbread houses.
Nothing To It! also feeds visitors feasts they don’t have to cook. Its Napa Valley–style Gourmet Deli layers sandwiches with lavish ingredients such as imported cambozola-cheese pesto and flavors salads with creamy curried-mango chutney.
My Gym has created an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks to 9 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. Imaginations soar and children triumph at My Gym Children's Fitness Center.
Billing itself as "Reno's world-class sports spa," Sports West Athletic Club’s Spa of the West is designed to complement its athletic branch with skincare, nailcare, and massage services, and approaches beauty with a holistic, inside-out philosophy that incorporates health of the mind, body, and spirit. Under high archways and soft light emanating from wall sconces, guests can obtain a tan or wax. The Tuscan Wine Antioxidant Peel nourishes skin all over the entire body; heated basalt stones warm up the Tahoe massage; and makeup artists treat faces to expertly-applied cosmetics. Services are designed for men, teens, and couples, and Spa Journey packages bundle services inspired by specific locations.