Joseph Pilates invented his signature exercises to help wounded soldiers recover from trauma sustained in battle. The form also proved adept in handling many of the stresses and injuries faced in modern American life. The instructors at Pilates of Weston take Mr. Pilates’s classical approach to fitness, making the entire body healthier by strengthening the core first. They use reformer machines––a name coined by Joseph Pilates––to provide extra resistance during the exercises, thus training the body more quickly. They use a suite of 500 different exercises to help their students flatten and tone midsections, improve posture, and prevent future injury.
Robin Ryan and Christine DeStefano know that in each person’s body is written the story of their lives, from wear and tear caused by a job to past injuries that can limit mobility. Using Reformer machines—exercise-enhancing equipment invented by concept founder Joseph Pilates—they help write a new chapter in the body’s history. Among their many benefits, Reformers help remove unnecessary joint and muscle stress from exercising, allowing people to achieve body-transforming workouts without irritating old injuries. With only five Reformers in the studio, class sizes remain intimate, allowing Robin and Christine to provide personal instruction to teach student. Classes typically last one hour or the amount of time it takes a beer belly to come to terms with its shrinking existence.
Ruth Ann Bradley runs The Yoga Institute of Broward with humor, compassion, and dedication, providing students of all levels with the platform to learn methods of achieving a fitter self and peace of mind. With a focus on the Iyengar method of Hatha yoga, the studio's classes concentrate on overall well being. Ruth Ann shows her students that practicing yoga improves their quality of life by building long, lean muscles as flexible as a calendar with no agenda, while also ridding the body of stress and stimulating weight loss. Whether the goal is to stand taller, bend over backward, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, The Yoga Institute of Broward offers the yoga style to do the trick.
Yoga may be a highly individualized practice, but personal growth requires a collaborative community spirit. Harmony House Yoga strives to create this spirit by creating a welcoming environment for students of all skill levels and yogic interests and by hosting classes that draw inspiration from a range of eclectic styles. Regardless of whether students are attending a dynamic Vinyasa session or a meditative yin class, they receive personalized guidance and feedback from the instructors. By creating a strong community environment, the studio emphasizes yoga's ability to build emotional and spiritual connections between practitioners and their surroundings.
• For $39, you get a five-class studio package including spin classes, ultimate classes, yoga-stretch classes, and the ultimate ballet-barre workout class (an $80 value). • For $49, you get a five-class Pilates-FIT package (a $105 value).
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The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.