After obtaining certifications to teach several movement modalities, including dance, aerobics, Pilates, and yoga, Carol decided to share her passion and wealth of expertise with others by opening her own studio, Yoga Core Fit. The studio's growing schedule features two styles of yoga: Vinyasa—which strengthens muscles through posture sequences linked with mindful breaths to bolster strength and mental clarity—and the slower-paced Yin style—in which poses are held for three minutes at a time to help students sink deeply into stretches. To outfit bodies with toned cores and lean-muscle suits, four Pilates classes enhance exercises with various tools, challenging patrons to stretch resistance bands, balance on fitness balls, whittle waists with toning rings, and complete routines while cradling snoozing baby hippos.
Inspired by her love of dogs—the studio's logo is a pup in the yoga boat pose, which is also known as the Pilates teaser pose—Carol collects donations for the Solano SPCA Haven for Animals at her studio.
Retired ballet dancer and Practical Pilates instructor Adam Aicher helps students hone long, lean physiques with 50-minute yoga and Pilates classes. The studio teems with sessions six days a week, including mat Pilates classes where the studio's extensively trained instructors lead students through a series of carefully controlled exercises that focuses on strengthening cores, increasing range of motion, and forging a bond with shy, sticky mats. Similarly, yoga classes bolster muscles while encouraging flexibility with a mix of challenging and peaceful poses.
Wellness workshops and intensive bridal boot camps allow guests to delve deeper into the aspects of fitness that most interest them, be it learning basic nutrition, chiseling physiques in three weeks, or learning how to stash wedding cake without losing muscle tone. The studio’s wall-to-wall glass doors reveal views of Town Square plaza, inviting guests out to the wraparound terrace as they wait for their classes.
Viewed from above, Basic Training?s fitness boot camps look like a track meet designed by worker ants. On the ground, participants bound over hurdles, crawl through obstacle courses, and wield heavy objects such as sandbags, sledgehammers, and beer kegs. In actuality, these workouts are designed by a human fitness expert: Rodney Carson, a drill instructor who has trained at military bases such as the Army National Guard Camp San Luis Obispo and the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.
Based on the Marine Corps physical-training regimen, his boot camps propel participants toward fitness goals while boosting their confidence and breaking their bad habits. Many workouts draw from his experiences preparing for track-and-field events, such as the International Masters Track Circuit, where he won three gold medals for his speedy footwork. Calories melt during his boot camps? sprints and fartlek runs, and bodyweight exercises make muscles more ripply than an ocean preparing a shaken martini. During field-meet days, dodge ball, kickball, and tug-of-war battles jump-start workouts with an extra dose of fun.
Experienced instructors lead each session, inspiring the group with friendly shouts, hearty claps, and tips on form and technique. In addition to helming camps for civilians of all fitness levels, Rodney and his crew train first responders, such as police officers, firefighters, and soldiers, during special-operations sessions.
Helmed by athletes and coaches Annie Baker and Jennifer Pero, Dream Xtreme Gymnastics immerses budding child and adult gymnasts in varied gymnastics instruction that boosts self-esteem. Instructors guide students at ten levels: parent-assisted learning for the youngest students and beginner through advanced classes to teach gymnastics positions, maneuvers, and flexibility-building techniques to older students. They also coach a competitive gymnastics team, where each petite athlete is trained toward individual goals, such as competing in college or at the USA Gymnastics National level. Whether training or visiting for open-play sessions, tiny guests exercise on the facility's low balance beams, low bars, and mine for evidence of lost teddy bear civilizations in the foam pit. Staff members can also host fully catered birthday parties, during which they coordinate food service, full setup and cleanup, and construct obstacle courses and coordinate games
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
"The yoga community is so different than a typical gym. It?s warm, friendly and inviting." This is just one of the many accolades shared by Akasha Yoga's happy members who revel in the sense of community the studio fosters. One of the reasons for the close-knit feel?heated classes where students commiserate as they challenge themselves and others to push through the high temperatures. Though possibly overwhelming at first, the raised Fahrenheit helps students sweat out harmful toxins and loosens their muscles so that they can achieve deeper stretches and poses that resemble the flexible animals they're named after. Students can also opt for non-heated classes such as Yin Yoga in which a series of floor postures are held for several minutes making it one of the more challenging classes. Another reason for the close-knit feel?teachers who have discovered the power of yoga after injuries, unwanted weight gain, or career stress and who patiently lead students toward their goals, whether the goals be weight loss, relaxation, or working as the body double for a pretzel.