A person dangles above the ground in a hammock, elongating their limbs and modulating their breath. It's not a leisurely afternoon in a backyard, it's just another day in aerial yoga class at Point of Balance. The yoga studio's certified instructor, Kara, guides students through a variety of inventive classes such as this. She teaches a flow course that emphasizes constant movement and an aqua class that emphasizes swimming the English Channel in one breath. Not only does Kara accommodate students of all yoga skills, from beginner to advanced, but she can also use American Sign Language to boost the inclusiveness of her curriculum.
It was only a year ago that a trip to the clothing store would bring Zumba Fitness founder Jahnea Phillips within tears. She was forced to choose from frumpy clothes in the plus-size section that did nothing but hide her curves. That all changed when a close friend invited Jahnea to her very first Zumba class. After an hour of shaking, twisting, and jumping, she was almost near tears again, but this time they were tears of happiness. That short while spent dancing reminded her of how good she deserved to feel.
One year and 76 pounds later, Jahnea is sharing that experience with ladies of all shapes and sizes from the stage of the spacious Hazel Dell Grange in Vancouver. This is where she teaches the art of Zumba, which involves cardio exercise through Latin-inspired moves, in which one dances out the entire story of Julius Caesar’s childhood.
Fusion Fitness & Nutrition promotes healthy lifestyles through a combination of fitness and nutrition counseling, as well as relaxing spa care. Expert instructors lead a variety of classes scheduled throughout the week in a spacious studio featuring high ceilings and a mirrored wall so that students can toss encouragement or bottles of water to lagging reflections. Power Vinyasa yoga guides students between strength-building poses with rhythmic breathing in a warm workout room, and boot camps push participants to follow callisthenic and body-weight exercises. After class, relax as an esthetician sloughs off dead, dull skin cells and pollutants with a soothing facial. First, a gentle massage improves circulation and detoxifies skin, then faces bask in warm steam as pores absorb gentle products that clarify skin and intimidate collagen into working harder via a scared-straight program.
A canopy of sturdy yellow TRX straps and plump, heavy bags hangs down from the ceiling at FloresFitness, waiting for willing guests to hold on tight or pound away. Whichever implement visitors choose, certified instructors will shepherd them along to help build lean bodies and strong cores. At FloresFitness, kickboxing and boxing classes pepper heavy bags with a flurry of punches while also allowing students to step in and duke it out inside a real boxing ring. Nationally certified TRX instructors teach exercises that build muscle while also challenging the core muscles, and kettlebell classes build the hip speed vital to improving one’s softball swing or Saturday Night Fever impersonation.
Reynard Carrie Jr. knows the importance of staying in shape, thanks to his professional career playing arena football. Now a certified trainer, he helps others drop pounds and get in shape through private and small-group training sessions at Rey'smart Fitness. He understands that clients will get more out of their workouts if they commit to an all-around healthier way of life, so he offers nutritional advice and shares his favorite recipes. In addition, personal consultations help clients on their path toward better health.
Open Elevate Fitness Gym's door, and you'll encounter an array of tools clients can use to achieve their fitness goals. Trainers stock this intimate space with strength-training equipment and free weights, which they use when guiding clients through personal and group training workouts. Trainers also lead boot camps and Mom & Tot fitness classes that allow moms to exercise while their tots socialize with other tots.