Studio 59 Pilates Fitness’s owner Stacy Darkis has dedicated her life to helping others. She began her career as a clinical medical assistant, but changed course after discovering Pilates and realizing how many more people she’d be able to help by opening her own studio. Today, she helps her students control their muscles and sharpen their bodily awareness in both mat Pilates classes and on Pilates reformers, moving equipment that uses springs to add tension and thus enhance the effectiveness of moves. Her supporting staff of instructors helps fill a robust schedule that also features yoga classes.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
The Racket and Fitness Center boasts a wealth of body-buffing equipment within its bright fitness center alongside swatting facilities for various racketeers. Open on weekdays 6 a.m.–9 p.m. and on weekends 8 a.m.–4 p.m., the variety and volume of available gear ensures muscle-sculptors a balanced workout and a center free of lines and long waits. The circuits of Nautilus machines guide patrons in proper resistance, form, and movement, and free weights allow limbs to seize control of their own strength-training destiny. Machines also come equipped with Cardio Theater to give heart-rate-raisers the opportunity to effectively multi-task and increase their mileage in tune with televised small-claims-court drama.
Maine Optometry’s skilled optometrists determine prescriptions for contacts, such as Acuvue Oasys, and glasses, such as the eye boutique's more than 750 frames including brands such as Oakley, Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. These frames encircle everything from simple single-vision lenses to specialty lenses that cater to athletes or clients who stare at a computer monitor all day waiting for it to blink. Clients interested in throwing off the yoke of eyewear entirely can discuss refractive surgery with the doctors.
Maine Optometry also outfits clients in designer sunglasses and concerns itself with the environment, working with an e-prescribing system that eliminates paperwork, which trees hate to fill out.
The Academy's coaches are serious about self-defense. They lead a variety of classes that teach the technical side of martial arts, such as Brazilian jujitsu classes, as well as those that combat the realities of an unexpected attack, such as women's self-defense classes. They also offer lessons for kids.
At Fit and Balanced Personal Training, certified personal trainer Anca Potvin helps her students set and achieve fitness goals. Her services include one-on-one training sessions as well as group classes, such as a stroller boot camp for mothers.
Amanda Curtis Kezal wants to restore balance to as many bodies and minds as she can. A yoga instructor for more than 15 years, she not only operates Holistic Pathways, but also teaches yoga in community centers and reaches faraway students with Yoga Online. Fun, laid-back classes at Holistic Pathways include Sports-Mind Yoga, Toning and Sculpting, and Expressive Yoga Dance—a practice from Las Vegas that blends creative and rhythmic movements from around with the world with various yoga styles.