Pilates in Wake Forest


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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.
3585 Cotton Field Ct.
Wake Forest,
NC
US
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.
Richland Mall
Columbia,
South Carolina
US
In 2001, dancer Carrie Rezabek Dorr invited exercisers to join her in ballet-based workouts. Held in the basement of an office building without a staff, a sign outside, or even a bathroom, Carrie transformed her small business into a national franchise with locations in 33 states. Her Pure Barre system helps sculpt long, lean muscles. Using a ballet barre and isometric movements, the exercisers drastically shape areas such as the abs, hips, arms, and butt.
4209 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh,
NC
US
As Studio Hargett’s owner, Marideth Stiller helps customers get in shape by drawing on nearly two decades of fitness experience—including training in Pilates, yoga, and aquatic exercise. She didn’t waste time leaving her mark on the four-year-old studio, moving it to an expansive new location within the Pine State Creamery Building that gives her team of instructors room to spread out during their weekly Pilates, yoga, and cardio classes. Though these classes range from restorative yoga to ballet burn, they all offer a non-competitive environment in which students can improve their strength and flexibility to the point where they can use their own arms as a jump rope.
410 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh,
NC
US
The recipe for Bikram yoga calls for 26 postures and two breathing exercises to be performed in a heated studio for 90 minutes. Cindy Glass and her team of yogis follow that recipe to a tee at Bikram Yoga Raleigh. The benefits of the warming workouts include everything from detoxification to increased circulation. Students who either have attended at least 20 classes or are related to Charlie Chaplin can sign up for one of the studio's advanced classes or 75-minute silent classes.
9650 Strickland Rd.
Raleigh,
NC
US
The yoga room at LIFT Athletic may get hot?a furnace heats the space as high as 95 degrees during classes?but that doesn't mean it's always stuffy. That's because the center's sophisticated facility features a ventilation system that can pump in fresh air in as little as 15 minutes. (That's in addition to the cushioned, moisture-resistant floors and numerous windows that already make doing yoga there a delight.) Aside from yoga, LIFT also offers strength and conditioning classes.
2921 Wakefield Crossing Drive
Raleigh,
NC
US
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