At Hot Power Yoga Center, instructors aim to never teach the same class twice. That's a tall order, especially since the center hosts more than three dozen weekly vinyasa-inspired yoga classes that range from basic flow sessions to more intense hot yoga courses. They pull it off by eschewing a rigid choreography for a looser, more on-the-fly approach, which allows them to customize each class based on the energy of the room. This looser modus operandi also allows instructors to more easily tailer each pose to the specific skill levels of individuals, ensuring every student gets the most out of their practice.
It isn't just the students who've taken notice of this fresh and user-friendly approach to yoga. Cosmopolitan featured owner Kristin Caforio-Marengo in an interview in the November 2014 issue, and
TimeOut New York said her classes "will wring out your emotional baggage, along with the sweat and toxins."
For 40 years of her life, Lisa Lavoie went without a single urge to perform muscle-toning spins on every chrome pole she came across. Now, she can't imagine a life where she doesn't artfully maneuver around a smooth metallic post on a regular basis. Once she discovered the intense yet fun exercise form in 2009, she fell in love with it and opened her own studio less than four years later. Today, Lavoie dedicates herself to eliminating pole dancing's negative stigma and exposing it as the artistic strength-training workout that it truly is. With help from a team of certified instructors, she leads rigorous, one-hour classes that aim to build confidence levels, upper-body strength, and core muscles. In addition to leading pole fitness classes, instructors helm other out-of-the-box fitness classes, including aerial silks and belly-dancing classes.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Though some fitness aficionados may prefer the treadmills, rowing machines, and ellipticals that fill most traditional gyms, others enjoy getting in shape a different way—through dance. At Rhythmoz Dance & Fitness Studio, visitors of all ages and athletic levels can shimmy their way to stronger midsections, leaner limbs, and healthier hearts during a variety of dynamic, fun classes. Adults match steps and rhythms with the beats of brain-burrowing tunes during hip-hop, Zumba, and african dance classes. Additionally, kids can build dance and social skills during swing dance, hula dance, and ballroom dance, the last of which readies them for the intricate, dance-centric business presentations of today’s corporate world.
At Escape Aerial Arts, students learn how to combine the grace of dance and gymnastics while defying gravity. The studio's five poles and suspended aerial silks provide an alternative to typical conditioning and strength-training workouts. As students spin, climb, and dangle inches or feet above the ground, they are using their muscles without putting undue strain on their joints. Instructors lead a variety of classes ranging from beginners' sessions that introduce the fundamentals to more advanced sessions that emphasize the aspects of performing on the pole or aerial silks.
The staff members at Shaping Zone for Women never want their clients to be intimidated by working out. That's why they've created a welcoming, women-only fitness space. Here, members can build camaraderie, endurance, and muscles in group classes such as Zumba instead of constantly trying to get their friends to build human pyramids together. They can also develop their own fitness regimen thanks to access to recumbent bikes, free weights, elliptical machines, and resistance bands. The results: toned limbs, strong midsections, and increased energy.