At Spurling Training Systems, coaches design and scale fitness programs to clients' goals and skill levels. In their 7,500-square-foot gym, they lead cross-training and boot-camp sessions to improve athletic conditioning. A mixed bag, those sessions include everything from flipping tractor tires and punching heavy bags to sprints, weightlifting, and resistance training. Besides group and personal-training sessions, they also provide nutritional guidance to help members meet their goals.
Sacred Movement Yoga's owner Kristina turned to yoga to relieve the stress of too much weight, debt, and coffee and found that her stresses melted away in the face of a burgeoning yoga practice, inspiring her to share her life-management tool with others. Along with a team of experienced instructors, Kristina leads three levels of Vinyasa-style yoga classes, guiding students through sequences of athletic poses, connected by continuous, balance-testing movements and breaths. During dance-infused fitness classes, instructors use a ballet barre to stabilize students as they perform dynamic, ballet-style movements to sculpt lean muscle. Sacred Movement's resident massage therapist performs reiki, traditional massage, and Thai-yoga treatments for patrons seeking further treatment for physical, emotional, and spirit-animal-related tension.
Quest Fitness boasts a spacious, 20,000-square-foot facility equipped with group classes, massage therapists, and personal trainers prepared to whip burgeoning fitness fanatics into shape. A two-week Quest Fitness membership (a $118 value) grants members access to rows of cardio machines, including bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines, and a four-lane salt-water pool. Health hunters can attend a variety of fitness classes chosen from a schedule of more than 50 sessions per week, such as Body Combat sessions, which combine karate, boxing, tai chi, and kickboxing, as well as the Aqua Aerobics class, an aquatic workout where swimmers float, swim, and cannonball their way to physical fitness. Achieve a more targeted workout with a 30-minute one-on-one personal-training session (a $37.50 value), during which an experienced trainer will wake up lethargic muscles just in time for the annual interoffice strongman competition.
For the past 30 years, Yankee Fireplace has outfitted homes with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, and grills, overseeing the installation process from the showroom to the first sanctioned spark. What began as a small retail location now encompasses two vast showrooms that share 50 functional fireplaces and stove displays between them. Here, customers can warm their hands in front of potential fireplaces or examine stoves for flame output. Both locations are authorized dealers of major brands such as Weber, LYNX, The Big Green, Jøtul, Heat & Glo, and Regency, and the technicians at Yankee Fireplace service everything they sell. Though fireplaces and grills are the business's main focus, they also bedeck patios with handsome furniture sets, umbrellas, and hammocks capable of supporting one or two people, or up to twelve outstretched garden gnomes.
The teachers at Nataraja School of Yoga certainly acknowledge and harp on the importance of alignment, posture, and breath. But, to them, the ability to reconnect the mind and body is yoga’s most powerful tool. All of the instructors have passed Iyengar-influenced training in both poses and philosophy, though they lead such class styles as beginner yoga, Very Gentle yoga for seniors, and advanced practice for descendants of the Gumby family. The studio also hosts Zumba classes, a faster-paced dance-cardio workout that sometimes includes weighted sticks for added toning.