Green Yoga House offers prospective pretzels an abundance of stretch sessions, from pre- and post-natal to hot Vinyasa, inside its two spacious studios in Clive and West Des Moines, as well as lunchtime yoga classes in the skywalk on Grand Avenue. Owner Lily Hou has been practicing yoga for 14 years and teaching since 2003, and was voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Des Moines by Cityview in 2009. Learn bendy basics at the West Des Moines location, mastering foundational poses, breathing techniques, and meditation practices. Build body and mind muscle at the Clive location by bringing hand weights to the Yoga with Weights class, designed to increase strength and endurance while generating energy flow, improving balance, and moisturizing parched yoga mats.
Fitness World West has been trimming Iowa's waistlines since 1986. Its three modern, fully equipped facilities hold more than 75 weekly fitness classes, an aquatic program accredited by the Arthritis Foundation, and advanced strength equipment from Hammer, Cybex, and Paramount. During the diverse lineup of fitness classes, the gym's trainers pump up their students' motivation with rigorous, varying workouts that include Zumba, yoga, cross training, and Greco-Roman spelling bees. For one-on-one instruction, personal trainers work with clients to design fitness plans that optimize results, taking advantage of the center’s cushioned track and the cardio theater's elliptical machines, cross trainers, bikes, and treadmills. When working out solo, clients can set brainwaves to one of 80 channels broadcasting from the cardio machines' personal flat-screen TVs, jogging or biking along to motivational music videos, athletic competitions, or home-shopping auctions. The gym’s selection of Olympic free weights stands ready to fatigue muscles before the whirlpool, sauna, or steam room relieves and relaxes deep-rooted aches.
In addition to increasing clients’ physical prowess, Fitness World West's knowledgeable staff help overhaul the unhealthy habits of their clients through computerized fitness assessments and personalized nutrition consultations. And, during workouts, they welcome parents to entrust their children to the kids' gym and nursery, where an eagle-eyed staff member watches over little ones as they romp around or lead troops of G.I. Joe figurines in taxing pushup regimens.
Studio owner Ryan Esdohr approaches power yoga with a background in sports medicine, leading invigorating and rejuvenating classes for all skill levels. As early as 5:30 a.m. on select mornings, Ryan gathers students in the heated studio space and guides them through a flowing sequence of powerful poses and invigorating transitions. The therapeutic heat loosens tightly wound limbs and spurs increased sweat, and the challenging workout leaves muscles feeling strong enough to squeeze magma out of a pumice stone.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.
Goals in Motion Fitness Studios challenges participants of any fitness level to push the boundaries of their exercise comfort zones via group exercise classes and nutritional education. The 5,500-square-foot studio accommodates up to 70?80 students per class. The studio offers a variety of classes including strength training, cardio yoga, kickboxing, strength circuit training, kick n' mix, power 45, kickbox circuit, Zumba and small group personal training, and the instructors include modification in each class to ensure each participant is always hot on the heels of their physical-possibilities frontier. Live-streamed classes are also available to those with busy lifestyles and homebodies, making missed classes a thing of the past.
The Goals in Motion program does not believe in short-term diets that lead to yo-yo dieting, but instead imparts the value of a positive attitude and frequent exercise while emphasizing a lifestyle of balanced eating with regulated carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats. The founders of Goals In Motion, Mardi Pfannebecker and Sandy Hafner, strive to maintain the studio's family-like atmosphere and even work out with their members on a daily basis. Both owners graduated from Iowa State University, Mardi with a degree in exercise science and Sandy with a degree in business.