The teachers at Atomic Pilates help students exercise their full musculoskeletal system. They teach classes for all skill levels, ranging from beginning mat, which focuses on form and breathing, to Cardio Mat, with more continuous intensive movement and stretching to keep heart rates high.
A master Pilates instructor, a boxer, a bodybuilder, a fitness studio owner, and a personal trainer walk into a bar. It sounds like the beginning of an elaborate joke, but really it encompasses every credential Piloxing’s creator, Viveca Jensen, possesses. After years in the fitness industry, the multi-talented Jensen created a workout as diverse as her resume, which has since been featured in magazines such as Women’s Health and O Magazine. A blend of reformer-based Pilates, boxing, and dance, Piloxing is an interval-based workout, whose three components all foster core strength more effectively than allowing a sea walrus to lay on top of you. At her Los Angeles studio, Piloxing, Jensen teaches not only Piloxing, but barre exercises that will hone students’ Piloxing technique, and reformer-based Piloxing classes that also incorporate Wunda Chairs.
Pilates instructor and Metabella Living founder Natalie Pierre has assembled a body-boosting coalition of health-promoting classes ranging from personal training to cooking. In Metabella Living's eco-friendly studio, visitors can grow taller and wiser in Pierre's Pilates courses, revive laggard lungs in cardio-focused personal training sessions, satiate needle-starved faces with acupuncture attention, or take cooking classes with a rotating roster of chefs. All courses are taught by professional instructors and kept to small sizes to guarantee a relaxing environment, and that few people sit if a full-court basketball game breaks out. Purchasers also choose between a body sensor reading, which evaluates body fat and other fitness metrics, and a hands-on foot correction, which addresses arch issues related to balance and stride.
Throughout her 15 years as a certified personal trainer, Karyn Graham has earned an unusual nickname: “The Butt Queen.” The moniker references her signature workout, the Karyn Technique, which firms glute muscles without bulking up thighs. Karyn teaches her eponymous classes at RPM Fitness Studio, a boutique workout venue she co-owns with her sister, Cynthia. The duo finesses clients’ physiques with rigorous spinning classes, whose minimal joint impact renders them ideal for injured athletes and knee models. Complementary Pilates classes, conducted on mats or Reformers, streamline physiques by building long, lean muscle. Five-week Slimfit Bootcamps fuse Pilates with cardio-kick, boxing, body-fat analysis, and nutrition counseling.
Within The Yogi Tree's orange-hued interior, deep-breathing bodies follow instructors' poses in classes open to all ages and skill levels. Flex vocal cords and tendons in the Kundalini yoga class, which works sound currents and breathing passages along with external movements, drawing on a 5,000-year-old tradition that allowed ancient news anchors to shout breaking updates for thousands of miles. Qi gong classes seek to synchronize circulatory systems with movement and breath, and the musically scored motions of the Hatha yoga class focus on balancing the body's natural opposing energies, such as hot and cold or butter and peanut butter. Lunchtime yoga classes add flexibility to the most rigid schedules, providing a low-calorie snack and an hour of Kundalini-based yoga exercises to purge midday slumps. Prenatal classes keep bodies spry through pregnancy, and kids' and teen yoga courses keep youngsters nimble and teach them how the shapes in their geometry textbook really feel.
Sara, the owner of i heart fitness XO, didn't just trade her spot behind an executive's desk for a spot in front of a Pilates class—she came up with her own workout method, too. Her signature Control Method classes comprise a full-body workout that combines barre, mat, and reformer exercises to strengthen and condition. In addition to their full-body effects, workouts are scheduled all week long for student convenience.