At Crossfit Epiphany, the certified coaches lead exercisers on ever-changing tours around the gym's array of barbells, boxes, kettlebells, and medicine balls. The exercises performed at each station are by nature functional and inclusive, allowing all clients to develop and improve their fitness for every-day activities regardless of prior experience, shape, or exclusivity agreements with other truck tires. The group-class setting encourages a fun and supportive atmosphere, one that spurs all members to sweat and push themselves throughout the Workout of the Day—aka WOD. The WOD might draw from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or cardio exercises on any given day, but each is designed to sculpt physiques and improve patrons' overall health regardless of their life stage.
Warm, humid air swirls in the blades of the ceiling fans of Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver's certified Bikram studio, helping to limber up the bending bodies during 90-minute classes. Bikram-certified instructors lead students of all skill levels through the style’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises, each of which build on the last to strengthen muscles throughout the entire body. Their classes are set in a 105-degree studio with 40 percent humidity to enable students to sink deeper into stretches, release toxins via sweat, and imagine they’re in the mouth of a peaceful dragon.
When you walk into Northwest Women's Fitness Club, you might wonder if you've stepped into a day spa. Soothing yellow, green, and lavender tones create a tranquil backdrop for a variety of fitness equipment. Adirondack chairs, thatch accents, and wall-based mantras such as "peace" give the sauna a laid-back, tropical vibe. Visitors might spy women smiling as they drop their kids off in the daycare area before a Pilates class, belly-dancing workshop, or relaxing massage.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Sprint to the sounds of gridiron battles on cardio machines outfitted with TVs or camouflage your skin’s capacity for blushing with six weeks of unlimited tanning-bed access. Eight basic group classes shred fat through catalyzed camaraderie, be it the heat-pounding boogie-down of Move & Groove or the stress-banishing breath control used in Gentle yoga. Muay Thai classes return from their summer hiatus to forge strength through cathartically vicious blows from the hands, feet, knees, elbows, and prehensile tail.
Fire Mountain’s experienced figure flexers lead a variety of salutary Hatha postures, appropriate for all ages and skill levels, in a studio heated to an optimal toxin-trumping temperature. Posturing pupils are guided through a sequence of muscle-strengthening, joint-limbering, and ligament-tickling stretches designed to refresh the body, and stimulate glands and organs back to law school. Attain physical felicity through the camel pose, which enlivens the nervous system and relieves backaches. Or test your spine with the rabbit pose, during which students engage in an extreme forward-bending stretch while opening their maws to feast on the neighbor’s geraniums. Check out the full class schedule as well as the helpful tips and tricks for first-time hot yogis.
By the age of 30, Stephanie Howard's extreme athleticism had nearly run her body into the ground. She was participating in physically demanding sports, from snow-ski racing and water-ski jumping to 197-mile relay marathons and even playing volleyball while pregnant. Stephanie had severely traumatized her spine in the process, suffering from compressions that landed her in physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, and regular injections at a pain clinic. Everyone told her this could only end one way—with surgery.
Stephanie refused to believe such extreme measures were necessary, and, on a whim, enrolled in a hot yoga school. Not only did her pain begin to subside, but she found herself gaining strength in her back. Hot yoga was the cure she needed. She eventually opened Yoga Hot Spot, starting out teaching 10 classes a week on her own before expanding to three locations with a team of experienced instructors. Each class takes place in a heated studio and explores various techniques including hatha, power vinyasa flow, and giving nicknames to individual beads of sweat.