Drawing on her experience studying yoga at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India, Bloom owner Julie Wallace and her team of elastic-limbed instructors guide students toward flexibility and inner peace. Creating a crisp, static-free connection between the corporal and the spiritual, the 60- to 90-minute classes can help amp up the immune system, tone down stress, and sculpt muscles from the body's putty-like protein deposits. Yoga newbies learn basic posture, breath awareness, and spinal alignment, and advanced classes emphasize a faster pace and challenging postures.
A performance-dance school established in 2006, Velocity Dance Works educates students ranging from toddler through adult on the style of more than 20 different dances. The school's seasoned instructors maintain an energized, encouragement-packed environment that caters to both serious students looking to develop their technique as well as casual students in search of a new hobby that exercises both the body and the mind.
Get Fit Plus’s certified trainers lead fun group-exercise classes that sculpt bodies and bolster motivation. Like a presidential inauguration, Zumba classes teem with Latin-inspired choreography and rhythmic music from around the world. With easy-to-follow moves drawn from the salsa and tango traditions, each session torches calories and pent-up stress. Many routines incorporate strength-training exercises such as squats and lunges, which tone muscles in the calves, thighs, and glutes. Filled with bodyweight exercises that can be tailored to the participant’s strength level, full-body suspension-training workouts make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. During each 45-minute session, Jungle Gym XT straps cultivate flexibility and balance, helping to prevent injuries and promote good posture.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
The certified trainers at VGroove Fitness LLC motivate visitors to stick to their exercise regimens by infusing each class with infectious energy and positivity. Many of the classes fuse together elements of dance, aerobics, and martial arts, such the VGroove Cardio Dance class, which is set to feel-good pop music. Turbo Kick classes keep the energy flowing with a blend of intense kickboxing and dance techniques designed to improve strength and conditioning. Visitors can also dance off calories during Zumba classes, or stretch toward serenity during piyo sessions.
It's not all kicking and punching. Although there is a lot of that, the instructors at The Charland Institute of Karate & Fitness use the classes and facility as a conduit for helping students deal with everyday challenges, de-stress, and build confidence. During strengthening and cardio-intensive classes, students kick their way through a curriculum that forges traditional and modern martial arts, aiming to teach self-defense, discipline, and how to effectively punt an assailant.