Getting motivated to go to the gym isn't always easy, so the folks at Proof Fitness wanted to make their gym a welcoming place that clients want to go to. One of the largest group fitness offerings in Lexington, the 20,000-square-foot facility houses more than 100 pieces of carido equipment, a large selection of free weights, and the latest circuit and strength training equipment. Additionally, there are four fitness studios, a TRX area, and an outdoor training area.
Seven days a week, their staff is on-site to work with clients on equipment if they want or for one-on-one personal training, small group training, and in their Youth Speed, Agility, Core and Vertical program. Group classes are both fun and functional. Sessions include kickboxing, ballet-influenced Barre, and stationary cycling, providing a host of options for members looking to put on muscle or shed a few pounds.
Leigh-Ann Mims, the owner of Elle Fitness, brings her knowledge of BarreAmped directly from her studies with Suzanne Bowen, the creator of the BarreAmped method. During classes, she and her students stand at a ballet barre as they perform challenging poses and small, isolated movements, which are inspired by modern dance, yoga, Pilates, and deep stretching. These movements are designed to strengthen the entire body, and lengthen muscles to work toward dancer-like lean gams and arms. The method sometimes takes students away from the barre to the floor to perform ground work and stretching, or outside where they can photosynthesize sun into muscle fiber, like a body-building fern. In addition to the traditional BarreAmped classes, Leigh-Ann also leads the more advanced BarreAmped Fire and the six-week BarreAmped Boot Camp series.
At Bliss Body's open, airy studio, you'll find practitioners bending and stretching in a variety of yoga classes held throughout the week. During vigorous ashtanga sessions and gentler basic yoga—designed to supply beginners with a strong foundation—instructors teach the importance of wellness-prompting activities such as mindfulness, steady breathing, and not starting every morning with a warm cup of gravy. The studio also offers Pilates, a challenging, core-toning regimen that both strengthens and lengthens bodies, available in multiple levels.
For more than 65 years, Barbara Ann's School of Dance has offered lessons for pupils aged 3 through adult. When the students pass through the school's pink doors, expert trainers immerse them in the art of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and more. Besides confidence, they instill dancers with coordination, poise, and grace. Since fun is a big part of dance, they also offer ballet-themed birthday parties where girls aged 3–8 can try on more than 100 costumes and face-pirouette into cake.
Jill Johnson's lengthy list of job titles includes registered nurse, personal trainer, licensed Zumba instructor, and Pilates teacher, to name just a few. As the owner of Lexington Pilates, she regularly proves her mastery of exercise at Zumba and Pilates classes. She also leads classes at requested locations throughout the city, such as aquatic exercise at local pools and lunchtime Zumba sessions at corporate offices.