"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere."
To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. This focus, shared by Body & Brain Holistic Yoga and The Life Yoga, forms the basis of the studio's classes and consultations. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Flanked by mirrors and overseen by a charismatic fitness coach, EB30x Fitness Studio is the destination for those seeking intense, guided workouts. People here don’t train by themselves, but instead enroll in group and personal training sessions. These bands of fitness brothers and sisters usually arrive in search of EB30x's signature Xpressway workout. During quick 45-minute sessions, exercisers use their own bodies for resistance, sweating and laughing together as they rapidly spring between different positions. Curious gymgoers can watch the workout by clicking here, because its high-energy routines generate so much power they actually upload themselves to the Internet by accident.
Equipment: Barbells, rowing machines, dumbbells, Olympic rings, and medicine balls.
Students should bring: Towel and reusable water container
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Just push yourself to the best of your ability.
Michael Ockrim enjoys being between a rock and a hard place. As the creator of Backyard Beefcake Fitness, he expounds on fitness workouts that make use of the natural and manmade world to build functional strength and total-body fitness. Michael eschews treadmills and bicep curls for chopping wood, pull-ups on a tree limb, or sit-ups while suspended from the peak of Mount Everest. Preaching an attention to the mind-body connection, he leads indoor boot-camp sessions, personal-training sessions, and outdoor camps that help prepare for an upcoming mud run or obstacle-course race.
Body & Brain Holistic Yoga's classes incorporate yoga, tai chi, meditation, martial arts, and signature breathing postures to forge a mind-body exercise that helps students to awaken their inner ki energy. The one-hour sessions attempt to improve flexibility, strength, breathing, and energy sensitivity, which contribute to holistic health. Much like a dive-bombing red-winged black bird, classes often vary their approach, ensuring a more dynamic experience from session to session
The skilled instructors at Top Notch Fitness help to chisel more shapely shapes with a dizzying array of classes including boxing, mixed martial arts, and sweat-shedding circuit training. Learn self-defense in muay thai classes, mastering the powerful punches and the leg-toning kicks of Thailand’s national sport. Jiu-jitsu attendees learn to grapple, ground fight, throw choke holds, and dominate a larger opponent, and ladies sculpt lean muscles in one-hour women’s kickboxing classes, which utilize medicine balls, jump ropes, and target pads to burn fat faster than lighting a butter churn on fire. The fitness haven holds classes for all types of exercisers, from beginners to competitors. Check out the schedule for a complete listing of available class times or to remember how many Saturdays there are in a week.