After finding that her yoga practice helped her overcome her own personal health issues and depression, studio founder, macrobiotic chef, and certified instructor Barbara Ruzansky maintains a passion for introducing “yoga and healthful eating to people, so they can continue to grow and reach their full potential.” Held within a warehouse-like studio with two technicolored practice spaces, Barbara's classes offer a dynamic combination of Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa flow, and Forrest yoga. She and her large team of equally passionate instructors also helm a selection of slower and gentler yoga styles that cater to three-toed sloths and students recovering from injuries.
The personal trainers at Big Sky Fitness cut frustration from the range of emotions their clients experience. That's because their X-factor coaching is grounded in science, ensuring that exercisers reach their goals if they stick to the regimen. Group fitness classes act as a helpful add-on to the personal-training sessions, as do nutritious shakes from the Shake Bar.
Zoey Trap and Kathryn Coyle specialize in the art of not sitting still. Zoey's MS in exercise science and research on spinal therapies combines with a respected expertise in Pilates and yoga—knowledge that fuels her teacher-training programs and fills her much-translated publications. Kathryn has applied her Pilates certifications to rehabilitative work and presentations delivered across the globe. Both women have been featured in Pilates Style magazine, and have populated The InnerSpace studios with qualified instructors to lead students on their journeys to mental and physical wellness. The InnerSpace's classes promote traditional yoga and Pilates methods. Through group and private sessions, trainers help students of all fitness levels to pursue personal growth, imparting skills and physical abilities that can segue from the studio to real-life situations such as coping with stress and tightrope commutes. The chandeliers in the public posing area bathe visitors in a quiet glow, one that evokes the peaceful atmosphere of the library that once occupied the building. In intimate alcoves, the instructors coach clients in one-on-one sessions, tackling equipment such as the Reformer, and alternative wellness services—including massage and Reiki—drain tension from muscles.
At CrossFit West Hartford, knowledgeable coaches draw from trainings and disciplines such as MMA fighting and college football to get their students fit and healthy. Instructors work hand-in-hand with each trainee to help them understand the science behind each workout, tailoring exercises to each pupil's abilities, whether high-intensity CrossFit sessions or precise Pilates movements.
Each instructor at Evolution Pilates is certified through Stott Pilates, which requires a minimum of 200 hours of training. Backed by this certification, the instructors lead private and group classes for all types of exercisers, from beginners to experienced athletes. The classes incorporate equipment such as reformers, which help exercisers build lean muscles.
PHIT Pilates Studio’s experienced instructors help students strengthen abdomens, backs, and resolve with training that focuses on individual goals and abilities. Owner and certified Pilates teacher Susannah Israel-Marchese and her team lead pupils through the discipline’s series of low-impact movements Monday–Friday. Using joint-friendly techniques, students augment strength in the abdomen, back, shoulders, and hip joints to achieve the goal of subbing for the vacationing Bulkeley Bridge. PHIT’s boutique-style studio maintains a noncompetitive atmosphere and a cheerful, personalized approach to working out. Proximity to the Real Art Ways theater allows newly straightened postures to pull off previously unattainable pranks, such as blocking views of people sitting behind them at art exhibits and independent films and sticking a flippant Post-it note to the top of Shaquille O'Neal's helicopter.