The teachers at Sanctuary Power Yoga advocate a regular yoga practice as a way to bring greater peace and balance into everyday life. Because of the perspective shifts they?ve each experienced through yoga, they are eager to ease beginners into what may seem like a foreign or strange type of exercise. Their heated power-yoga classes suit all levels, emphasizing a flowing sequence that promotes moving meditation. Unheated slow flow allows students to learn proper alignment, and the gently held poses of restorative yoga relieve tension built up from carrying children to school everyday. The studio also holds workshops and events such as reiki sessions and card readings.
Energy Fitness's certified personal trainers help clients capture elusive muscles by leading exercisers over savannahs of workout machines and weight equipment in a 15,000-square-foot facility. A personal training session gets clients off on the right foot by helping them design a fitness regimen tailored to their goals. Trainers have four lines of weight machines at their disposal with which they can personalize workouts for exercisers of all ages and fitness levels. The center's 45 cardio workout machines occupy both limbs and eyes, as personal televisions attached to each machine broadcast news stories about local squirrels who made good. In the weight room, dumbbells clamor to be hoisted.
The trainers at Elite Strength and Performance create and lead high-intensity workouts for guests of all fitness levels. They use equipment such as tires to be flipped or hit with sledgehammers, TRX Suspension Trainers to leverage gravity and body weight for scalable moves, and gymnastics rings to do isometric holds and build core strength.
Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness first opened its 35,000-square-foot fitness centers in 1979, and the specialists have since maintained a commitment to helping their members lead healthier lifestyles. They work in partnership with hospitals and medical professionals to stay keen on current research, turning this information into personal-training programs and professional advice for members of all fitness levels. In addition to programs in fitness and recreation, health education, and nutrition, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness offers more than 60 group fitness classes. Members can shake up their routines with group cycling, yoga, and Pilates sessions, or tune out the surrounding world while burning calories on TV-equipped cardio machines. Member amenities also include basketball courts and an aquatics center in addition to outlets for kids including a youth activities center and babysitting services for kids that are tired of pretending to be their mom's fanny pack as she works out.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates with INSANITY routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Jennifer Calvo, the zen master behind The Zen Den, works as a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher. She is well-versed in a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, Thai, bamboo, and myofascial release. Alternately, yogi Nisha Whitfield owns and operates The Zen Den's sister business, Bristol CT Yoga. Nisha has completed 500 hours of registered yoga teacher training through Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, also known as Ishta Yoga. She studied at the distinguished American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City before launching her own yoga practice, which has attracted a client base that includes celebrities, athletes, and artists.