At GoYoga, certified instructors welcome students of all skill levels by demonstrating modifications that make poses easier for beginners or trickier for veterans. During Flow Fundamentals classes, they gently adjust alignment as students build strength and release stress with basic poses. Deep breaths power full-fledged Flow routines, which revolve around graceful Vinyasa sequences that more closely resemble dance steps. In addition to hosting beat-driven Groove sessions, the studio holds many types of classes inside an 85-degree room, which ousts toxins and allows muscles to feel as limber as a freshly massaged puddle.
Founder Doug Owens leverages the vigorous fitness aspects of boxing to train clients, and in the past he has whipped into shape a number of pro athletes, including NFL quarterback Brady Quinn and NHL wing Jody Shelley. He translates his personally devised program into group and one-on-one sessions that incorporate weight training, conditioning, flexibility exercises, and a healthy diet. Doug places an emphasis on uniting these facets of physical fitness into a mutually reinforcing symphony, rather than focusing his program on one area, all while imparting the fundamentals of sparring, such as not sparring at the dinner table.
Although he's now a fitness expert and personal trainer to the stars, Todd "The Bodyman" wasn't always in perfect health. Todd struggled with both childhood lung disease and a ballooning waistline before losing more than 40 pounds and reclaiming a healthy lifestyle. Not only did he overcome those obstacles, he went on to become a black-belted martial artist, serve in the US Army, and eventually marshal his expertise as an active-lifestyle consultant for NBC 4 television. Today, Body by Todd's online resumé sparkles with celebrities such as actor Danny Glover, NFL pro and sports anchor Cris Carter, and recording artist Marti Dodson.
It's not just Todd who has emerged victorious from personal health battles. His team of trainers—which includes new moms and former cheerleaders, gymnasts, and soccer players—has each eked out hard-scrabble victories against excess weight, losing 25–75 pounds each. Todd and his crew have helped more than 10,000 clients reach their fitness goals with custom programs, using straightforward nutritional guidelines and exercises that, like dinner parties spent rubbing elbows with famous Muppets, are easy on the joints.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with instructors, then other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Ballroom and social to salsa, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
True to its simplistic name, Wellness Forum Hot Yoga cranks the thermostat to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature designed to burn body fat, loosen stiff muscles, and flush out toxins. During each 90-minute hot-yoga class, the studio's trained instructors lead a looped series of 26 flowing poses, pushing well-warmed student bodies to forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic deep-relaxation breathing. After just a few flowing sessions, mentally limber students at Wellness Forum Hot Yoga can expect healthier-looking skin and occasional bouts of endorphin-induced giggles. To make the most of the heat-seeking experience, first-timers should arrive 15 minutes early with beach towels and yoga mats (rentals available for $1), plus water in their bodies, their bottles, and, if applicable, in any unattended at-home aquariums.
A wealth of amenities that include a basketball court, plenty of cardio machines and weights, cycling, a sauna, and tanning beds await customers at Cal Fit 10. In addition to these features, Cal Fit 10 also offers exciting group classes, such as Zumba, Pilates and spin, that will keep clients in shape and energetic. And parents can drop off their offspring at the Kids' Klub before hitting the gym.