South African native Corne' Rutherford, the certified Pilates instructor who owns Pilates 4 Poise, teaches precise flowing movements that fortify the body's core region. Rutherford draws from more than a decade of experience to craft one-hour routines filled with time-tested muscle-isolation exercises developed by boxer, circus performer, and fitness innovator Joseph Pilates. Appropriate for all levels of strength and flexibility, classes incorporate deep-breathing exercises so that students can pump oxygen throughout their bodies and exhale pent-up giggles before they erupt mid-wedding vow. In addition to demonstrating the movements, Rutherford observes the group, sharing tips on form, technique, and alignment to promote safety and maximize the exercises' benefits.
Equipment: Ballet barres, gymnastics mats, Marley flooring system
Students Should Bring: Water bottle, proper dance shoes based on genre of dance class
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
?Routine is the enemy??a statement Scott and Laura Garrison proclaim with the seriousness of a war declaration. They believe that exercise all too often makes a shift from ritual to routine, losing all spontaneity and excitement, as well as inspiring many people to quit before they can reap the benefits of their hard work. At CrossFit Confortare, the duo work to diminish the number of quitters by leading a boredom-crushing, ever-changing workout of the day, as well as by fostering a community where students challenge one another in friendly competition and hold themselves accountable to their own goals. They structure their workouts around functional movements people use in their everyday lives, such as squatting to pick up loose change or performing knee lifts to punt their outgoing mail across town to the post office each morning. Workouts range from fundamental exercises, such as pushups and jump rope sets, to intense spurts of Olympic lifts and rope climbing. To supplement their physical instruction, the Garrisons also provide guidance on eating a nutritionally balanced diet.
Drawing from her training in dance and yoga and the Pilates certification she earned in 2001, owner Ashley Hayes leads fitness classes that emphasize mindful movements. She animates a hands-on mentality during Pilates and barre dynamics sessions, which require students to consistently monitor their range of motion. Ashley imparts this approach to help her students increase stamina and muscle tone through the repeated execution of the proper technique, as opposed to brute repetition. Her elegant exercise regimens can build long, lean muscles over time while encouraging the kind of posture that makes a drill sergeant feel like Quasimodo.
With two basketball courts, a volleyball court, a turf field, and an indoor soccer field, MVP Sports Factory boasts enough space to accommodate its wide array of kids' sports programs. Lessons teaching soccer, basketball, tennis, and blastball?an introductory form of baseball?inspire confidence and teamwork at the tricked-out facility.