During 90-minute lessons, Bikram Yoga Ventura CA challenge bodies to perform feats of flexibility and endurance through a series of yoga poses in a studio heated to 105 degrees. The heated room loosens muscles and promotes circulation, while humidification and circulation keep the air feeling fresh.
In 2006, StageLight Studios opened as a small exercise outfit that taught burlesque and pole-dance classes exclusively. Today, its certified instructors lead small groups in a private, mirror-lined studio, where seven chrome poles rise from the polished wood floor to accommodate a class of up to six students and one instructor or seven firemen. They also use the space to host parties, workshops, and instructor certification, in addition to boot camps and private training. Outside of the classroom, StageLight's boutique outfits students with pole-appropriate gear, including clothes, shoes, and accessories.
Cosmotion fusion fitness system integrates martial arts, healing movement, and dance into high-energy cardio classes. Each session builds a unique pattern of 52 basic moves to cultivate core strength, while improving flexibility and stamina. The studio also offers a full schedule of dance-centric workouts, which range from Bollywood-fusion and belly dancing, to hokey pokey workouts performed in full suits of armor.
Compete Green's endurance events, from 5Ks to marathons, revolve around sustainable practices and an engagement with the outdoors. Cofounders Tom Taylor and Ben DeWitt honed their hamstrings and toughened their hooves while churning up trails from the South Shores of Lake Michigan to Xterra's off-road triathlons in Maui. Tom and Ben found more common ground in their interest in environmentally conscious event management. Compete Green initiatives furnish their 100% free-range participants with sustainable awards such as tree seedlings and organic and recycled apparel. Race-day amenities include prevalent recycling bins, recyclable race numbers, and an athletic-shoe-recycling program.
Mind & Body Wellness Studio's Pilates mat classes satiate the need to hang, point, and lengthen the body via handy apparatuses such as foam rollers, rings, balls, bands, and free weights. With more than 10 hour-long classes to choose from weekly, students of all fitness levels have the chance to improve posture, restore balance, and strengthen the core. The passionate Pilates purists at Mind & Body Wellness emphasizes proper movement techniques designed enhance mobility and decrease post-class soreness. Pilates mat classes remain small in size, typically hosting a small crowd of 8-12 students, in order to maximize attention from the instructor. See the website for a complete class schedule.
Gold Coast Gymnastics forges flexibility, strength, and upside-down finesse in children of every age through a well-rounded lineup of instructive gymnastics classes. Progeny with a penchant for somersaults, cartwheels, and back-handsprings onto moving tricycles can hone their acrobatic aptitude in classes such as Academy I, which teaches basic skills while focusing on strengthening self-esteem. Parents can introduce younger tumblers to the gymnastics world in Mommy & Me classes, while little ones more comfortable with gym equipment and constant carrot requests from the pommel horse can progress to KinderGym.