Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.
The sculpted instructors at Soul Shine supplement body-toning classes with individual instruction and hands-on guidance as they help students seek holistic well-being. Yoga sessions equip students with the necessary props, including mats, blankets, and rugby helmets, before initiating sequences devised to enhance flexibility and strength as they relieve stress. The studio’s flexible schedule boasts classes all week for students of vary skill levels, including Yoga Intermediate, which unveils the sweeping gestures of more advanced inversions and asanas, and Yoga Basics classes meet to review fundamental poses with the help of limber marionettes. All yoga sessions begin with a warm-up consisting of held postures and end with reflective Savasana breathing, as well as a celebratory high-five. Pilates class orchestrates a regimen of muscle-toning exercises that sculpt sturdy cores with smooth, controlled movements.
There are no treadmills at Redefined Fitness, and no intricate weight machines. The 10,000-square-foot fitness studio instead evokes a collegiate strength and conditioning room. Stocked with medicine balls, suspension straps, and kettlebells, the studio?s gear emphasizes functionality over glamour, an emphasis that originates with its owner, lifetime athlete Donte Anglade. Anglade strives to raise awareness in the community of the benefits of personal fitness, a process he and his team of trainers share with clients. They patrol the studio throughout the day offering personalized training guidance for clients ensuring each person reaches their ultimate fitness goals.
Equipment: Rogue Fitness Equipment, including rig, bars, kettle bells, jump ropes, and boxes
Students should bring: Water, workout clothes, and a great attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: CrossFit is everyone. The workouts are modified for each person's unique fitness level.
Whether engaged in private training, large- or small-group boot-camp classes, or nutritional consultations, women who attend Body Transformer Fitness learn to transform their lifestyles, no matter their age, fitness level, or planet of origin. The enthusiastic certified trainers whip ladies into shape during high-intensity women's boot-camp sessions and lead them through fat-burning exercises in a supportive and fun-filled environment. Gals zap calories into oblivion via core conditioning, short-distance running, strength and endurance training, and calisthenics, toning their bodies and shedding excess poundage while boosting their self-confidence. Trained in analyzing an individual’s wellness needs, the instructors tailor exercises and nutritional advice to each client, accommodating them by adjusting for physical limitations or turning up the difficulty for experienced exercisers. They construct calorie-counting meal plans based on both grocery shopping and eating out, allowing students to lead their social lives without being relegated to munching on the cloth napkins for sustenance at restaurants.
Personal trainer Shawn Hunter founded One More Rep to help people reach their fitness goals. Regardless of age, weight, or athletic ability, Shawn and his staff of trainers work with clients to achieve noticeable results, from sculpted arms and legs to abs that can cut diamonds into smaller diamonds. Training comes by way of boot camps, one-on-one sessions, sports conditioning, and even distance training, which is conducted remotely for clients too far away to come to the gym.