Yoga for Everyone’s experienced instructor, Hillary Bispham, personalizes poses for all body types and abilities within her group-class sessions, allowing for an unintimidating approach to yoga. Trained in chair yoga and following the principles of Structural yoga, a system of Vinyasa yoga, Hillary takes stretch-seeking pupils through a series of postures that take into consideration differences in body composition and flexibility and emphasize relaxation, conscious breath, and unconscious yodeling. Serenity recruits play fetch with downward-facing dogs and salute temperamental suns in Yoga for Everyone’s comfortable suite. Check the online schedule for class times.
Exercisers lunge, leap, and lift around the gym, their feet supported by Parisi Fitness Centers' logo-emblazoned hardwood floor. It shines between mats in yoga class, blurs beneath the sliding platforms of Pilates reformers, and supports the stationary wheeling of spinning classes with stoic resignation. Finally, it gives way to plush carpeting in the strength-training area, where patrons blast their lats and abs, and personal trainers craft personalized regimens in one-on-one sessions.
Further accommodating guests, the gym's staffers walk the floor to dole out technique pointers, and provide childcare services while parents shed sweat. After an intense workout, they help guests replenish energy with a healthy beverage from their juice bar.
At Ethos Fitness Spa for Women, the focus isn't just on inner health, but outer health as well. The combination gym and spa sports a variety of weight-training and cardio machines, as well as workout spaces for small group-fitness classes, enabling ladies to fine-tune their form whichever way is most comfortable. Meanwhile, inside the spa, clients can soothe recently worked muscles with a therapeutic massage, correct their complexion with a facial treatment, or even highlight newly toned limbs with a UV-free airbrush tan. Staff nutritionists also bring outer and inner health together by constructing personalized food plans that can include everything from meal planning to kitchen makeovers to tips for successfully disarming the grocery store sample lady.
The trainers at Odyssey Athletic Center know that a single approach to physical fitness is as boring as it is limiting. They bear certifications and degrees from a variety of disciplines, earning the recognition of workout guilds ranging from the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America and the World Instructor Training School to the American Council of Exercise. This knowledge of different exercise systems enables them to host 60 classes per week inside their 27,000-square-foot facility. Their scheduled Pilates sessions help students nurture lean muscle without bulk, and Zumba meetings melt away calories with fun dance steps set to a Latin beat. To ensure they stay informed on emerging fitness techniques, staff members attend continuing-education classes and hold weekly question-and-answer sessions with their dumbbells.
A licensed chiropractor and experienced martial artist, Dr. John Surie started practicing hot yoga when he met his future wife, Natalie. Charmed by her Australian accent and passion for the practice, he soon became an avid Bikram student himself, and in 2002, the husband-and-wife duo opened their first studio with Natalie helming her own curriculum of Bikram-inspired classes. Today, their hot-yoga empire has expanded to five studios sprinkled across the United States and Australia, each teeming with certified instructors who lead students through 13 different class styles. Designed to make hot yoga accessible to everyone, classes range from the studio’s signature Ignite series, which introduces newcomers to the foundations of hot yoga, to intense Shape classes that see stretchers melding hot-yoga and Pilates moves while solving Pythagorean equations.
Each studio comes equipped with special flooring tailored to the humid environment of hot yoga, as well as air-circulation and advanced heating systems to keep fresh, hot air blowing.
Realistic conditions. Realistic goals. These two statements bookend Mayer's Karate & Fitness's principles. The instructors teach skills such as self-defense, jujitsu, and judo as they would be used and needed in the real world, with nary a crouching tiger nor a hidden dragon in sight. Both adults and kids can take karate classes, which build self-esteem as well as muscle; there are also sessions for kids with special needs that emphasize coordination and social skills as much as physical activity. Fitness options include Latin dance–inspired Zumba classes and personal training, in which American Council on Exercise–certified coaches help clients make and meet goals.