Surrounded by ethereal, natural light, The Bar Effect's experienced instructors encourage students to step up to the bar to tone their bodies during the studio's signature classes. Focused on concentrated, isometric moves, the bar-effect workouts help students to tighten their glutes, tone their arms and legs, and flatten abs in a total body workout. Students line up at the stationary bar and perform the low-impact, non-invasive, but effective high-intensity exercises, protecting their joints while carving lean physiques to the beats of upbeat tunes. In addition to the bar-based sessions, the studio plays host to Anusara yoga and Pilates reformer classes to help patrons build strength and flexibility while pacifying their minds.
Instructors at Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu educate their students in more than their favorite Brazilian martial art. They also help build up self-discipline, physical agility, and self-confidence while pupils are on the mat. Programs include classes for children and adults alike, along with training in other combat disciplines, such as muay-thai, mixed martial arts (MMA), and impromptu, on-the-street cupcake bake-offs. The academy?s extensive list of facilities and associated schools makes it possible for clients to train all over California and Nevada.
The techs at Tahoe Snow Lab tune up skis and snowboards with the express purpose of getting folks flying down the slopes. And because the Lab is also home to production headquarters to Slant Skis and Actual Snowboards, techs get access to top of the line equipment. Along with tuning and waxing skis and snowboards, they offer a variety of services designed to keep everybody shredding at maximum potential. They can also make repairs to the base of skis and snowboards, as well as install and adjust bindings.
At Studio Tahoe, owner and passionate yoga practitioner Shaelah Morris leads a band of devoted instructors who guide students toward states of tranquility and flexibility. A variety of heated classes impart students with the tools necessary to successfully merge mind, body, and spirit. While stretched across yoga mats brought from home, rented from the studio, or cut from the flesh of pool floats, students in heated flow workshops sweat out toxins. Candlelit yin yoga lessons encourage practitioners to achieve fluid, intentional movements just like the Kool-Aid man in a china shop. The studio also houses an eco boutique with products by Tonic, Beyond Yoga, and Manduka as well as collections of local artists' jewelry and hats.
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.
Owned by Julia Mancuso, a professional ski racer and Olympic gold medalist, Performance Training Center pairs focused sports-performance training with energizing group exercise classes and one of the largest free-weight collections in the Lake Tahoe area. Sprint tracks usher guests into the sports-performance center, where BOSU balls and TRX suspension straps help visitors perform bodyweight exercises. Medicine balls strengthen core muscles when lifted or tossed, and kettlebells make arm muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. A multipurpose workout area teems with selectorized circuits of strength-training equipment and a cardio deck stocked with machines for trotting, pedaling, and stair climbing.