Though she had already established four fitness businesses and accrued more than 20 years of experience as an instructor, Blythe Bracey’s introduction to hot yoga was reformative. The art helped her overcome the emotional turmoil of divorce and fueled her tenacity in life, so much so that she opened me. to spread the word about hot yoga’s many benefits. Blythe guides students through classes in a room heated to 100–105 degrees, the known boiling point of inspiration. She encourages guests to make the experience a personal one—just as it was for her—and highlights hot yoga's capacity to boost mental as well as physical health.
Ballet-inspired workouts, boot camp, and Pilates courses are also part of Blythe's curriculum, facilitated by the gym's two floors and trove of equipment. Regardless of their background, all guests progress through routines at their own pace in an effort to cultivate self-awareness.
Designed by prolific course architect Willard Byrd, Timberlake Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 6,579-yard trail across a Lake Murray peninsula as it dips southward into the glassy waters. Picturesque views of the lake abound throughout the round—because of its proximity to the lake, the club offers free docking and shore-side pickup for those who wish to arrive by boat or seahorse—and the supersized pool's watery fingers come into play on seven holes. Rounds culminate with dramatic flair at the signature 18th hole, a 483-yard par 5 where a mid-fairway water hazard looms on the business end of a blind tee shot, raising the stakes for players who unsheathe their driver in the hopes of reaching the green in two.
Alongside the grassy course, neon yellow orbs slice through the air at Timberlake Country Club's tennis courts, where tennis pro Mark Gardiner teaches students to hit a forehand passing shot or incite an earthquake with a deafening grunt. The club also houses diverse dining facilities to curb appetites or host social events.
The Yoga Connection defines spirit as the indefinable energy within us all that allows us to connect with the world around us. This inclusive studio seeks to strengthen that energy by improving physical health and mental clarity through the practice of yoga. Over the past five years, The Yoga Connection’s amiable and supportive instructors have lent their individual training styles to create a varied series of courses that teach the prolonged postures and breathing exercises of the Hatha discipline. Suitable for participants of any fitness level, courses cater to specific needs such as those of seniors, expectant mothers, and those unable to unfold themselves from human-pretzel routines.
In addition to helping students to achieve mental focus through physical expression, instructors delve into the inner-workings of the mind and its effect on habits through mindful-awareness meditation. This newly focused mind can be put to work learning how to teach the craft during the 200-hour yoga certification program. As cherries on the top of its ice-cream sundae of services, The Yoga Connection also offers massage therapy or nutritional advice from its onsite registered dietician, advice that includes not putting cherries on everything.
Though its title may conjure up images of base jumping or spelunking in volcanoes, Xtreme Sports challenges its members to tackle standard recreational activities with intensity. But its coaches and trainers also know that sports and physical activity should be fun, so whether their charges are shimmying to Latin rhythms in a Zumba class, improving athletic prowess during athlete boot camp, or honing teamwork skills during summer camp, they are getting positive reinforcement. This helps the instructors lead both adults and children toward their individual goals of losing weight, improving agility, or bench-pressing family members.
Against the gym's industrial backdrop of red, white, and black, students at CrossFit Clayton hoist and grapple with a stock of functional training equipment—including kettlebells, climbing ropes, pull-up bars, and barbells—to conquer the ever-changing Workout of the Day. Believers that “everyone is an athlete,” certified CrossFit Level 1 instructors channel their former careers as sports players to motivate students through sweat-inducing tapestries that combine fitness modalities such as weightlifting and gymnastics. Aiming for optimal fitness in every aspect, they also offer nutrition guidance.