Fueled by Joseph Pilates' belief that exercise should enhance and support the natural machinery of the human body, instructors lead students through a tapestry of intense, focused moves that draw from weight training, aerobics, yoga, and tai chi. In addition to leading group mat classes aimed at boosting core strength, they stock their hardwood studio with machines such as Cadillacs, ladder barrels, and reformers that rely on handles, ropes, and pulleys to heighten the workouts. The staffers offer semi-private and private lessons that focus exclusively on these reformer machines, which each face their own mirror so practitioners can perfect their poses and James Cagney impersonations simultaneously. To liven up the floor routines, they sometimes combine elements of TRX suspension training or ballet-barre workouts, both excellent complements to the intense core work of Pilates.
Equipment: We work with whatever equipment the client has.
Students should bring: Water is always a good idea to have nearby
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Guests allowed: No
Pro Tip: Come with your goals in mind.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
With humor and constantly changing routines. We know staying in shape is hard and rarely fun so that's why we are hired. We make it fun, motivating, and keep you accountable.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
No, we leave music up to the client. We can help them sweat to oldies or hip-hop.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Our fitness consultancy believes that fitness is a journey and that we are just helping you find the right path. No judgments.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We want to be your fitness advisors for life. We feel like our consultancy is a big family. We want our clients to know that we will be with them through thick and thin. Our business also includes face to face interaction between therapists and customers via a mobile device to discuss their health goals.
Gretchen Dusseau and Keri Crost faced a challenging paradox: how could those with little time achieve the level of fitness their body needs?This is when they founded their own fitness philosophy, launching System of Strength.
At SOS, Gretchen and Keri's team take participants through a five-part training system that covers metabolic, eccentric, strength, and isometric training, with a healthy smattering of stretching and diet tossed into the bargain. This approach guides each of SOS?s classes, creating dynamic workouts that incorporate exercises such as plyometrics, yoga poses, and Pilates combinations that can be adjusted for every fitness level.
Gretchen and Keri empathize with their clients, understanding how easily mental obstacles and everyday distractions can get in the way of a fitness regimen, what with family obligations and smart phones that need to be fed every hour. To help clients soldier through these challenges, they pepper SOS?s site with motivational quotes and posts success stories as sources of inspiration.
The encouraging shouts of Nathan Jordan and his band of fellow certified trainers echo off the bright-green walls of the Jackhammer Strength Training studio, overpowering the clatter of weights and the huff of exercisers. Pulling from their own unique styles and approaches to exercise, each of the three seasoned instructors lead boot camp and personal-training sessions, guiding students of all fitness levels as they grapple with free weights, kettlebells, and suspension straps. The trainers encourage healthy lifestyle beyond the studio by teaching students tricks for improving their diets, such as which low-calorie snacks are most filling, and which greens can make you punch through walls.
Inside Snap Fitness, rows of gleaming dumbbells stand waiting on racks near weight machines, treadmills, and a range of other exercise equipment. Personal trainers assess clients' strength and fitness levels during the complimentary 30-minute consultations, then help them slim down and develop great exercise form.
Yoga on High serves as the focal point for a growing community of yoga enthusiasts dedicated to diverse, yet related practices. The studio caters to such a wide range of interests by employing more than 30 instructors. Each instructor possesses a unique yoga philosophy that complements the studio's overall goal of creating a welcoming environment for students of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, Yoga on High's comprehensive teacher-training programs swell the studio's community by fostering the next generations of impassioned instructors.
At Yoga on High, the instructors embrace three core styles of practice. Iyengar-based Hatha classes emphasize physical alignment and mind-body awareness. Ashtanga sessions invigorate students with more active poses and a heated studio space that can reach 80 degrees. Vinyasa classes teach attendees to link breath with movement, creating seamlessly transitioning asana sequences. However, the studio doesn't limit itself to these three styles. In addition to aerial yoga and Pilates, the schedules include specialty classes that explore different aspects of yoga?meditation, breathing techniques, prop-assisted recovery poses?in greater depth.