Champions of making traditional Ashtanga yoga accessible to pupils of all experience levels—including kids, seniors, and teens—SAVY International's certified faculty helms classes that promote yoga’s physical benefits and explore its theoretical origins. Led by Dr. Jitender K. Sahdev, an advanced certified Yoga teacher and E-RYT 500, experienced instructors guide students through classes of various levels held throughout the week, introducing nascent posers to stretching essentials during the beginner-level Gentle Yoga class and promoting the release of stress release and knock-knock jokes through the Laughter Yoga class. To complement their bountiful course offerings, SAVY staffers offers nutritional packages and ease achy bodies with a variety of therapeutic massages. Adroit muscle manipulators bombard the body’s pressure points with strategic strokes that can relieve corporeal and emotional malaise, and relaxation-inducing oils such as coconut, olive, and mustard bolster the massage’s healing powers.
Create Balance Pilates owners Collette Brown and Renée D’Orsay believe a balanced body is the path to a balanced life that is both healthy and fulfilling. As Stott Pilates instructors, they foster this equilibrium by teaching core-strengthening exercises developed with the input of physical therapists, sports-medicine experts, and exercise-science researchers that stress alignment and form to help students sculpt their bodies safely. Clear, concise cues guide students through isometric exercises atop exercise mats as well as fluid movements performed on spring-based resistance equipment such as Reformers, jumpboards, and reflex-testing jack-in-the-boxes.
In addition to offering small-group classes for many different skill levels, the studio caters to students’ goals during private training sessions in its cozy, sunlit space. No matter which type of instruction students receive, they typically experience a measurable increase in strength and coordination, and find themselves building the type of endurance and flexibility required to run a marathon en pointe.
For more than 25 years, Fitness Forum owners Alec and Lynne Pinchin have kept their 39,000-square-foot gym in fine fettle through constant renovations and an influx of up-to-date equipment and fitness programs. The facility's high-soaring ceilings and walls shield exercisers from the harsh heat and bitter cold of the outdoors, and expansive skylights let in natural light and views of emus soaring among the clouds. In two cardio centres, heart rates skyrocket as guests tackle treadmills and stairmasters and fix their eyes on HDTVs. The gym also houses an indoor pool area and a rubberized running track.
More than 75 fitness classes energize and motivate visitors in a fun group setting, and squash courts host sweat-inducing bouts between racquet-wielding foes. While parents torch calories rep by rep, kids can while away the time at the gym's daycare centre, where tykes watch movies and fill out tax papers in pudding.
Amid the pristine confines at The Athletic Club London, clients pave their path to health with cardio and resistance machinery, pools, group exercise classes, and a staff of experienced trainers. Membership unlocks 24-hour access to the fitness havens, giving patrons unfettered use of cardio equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals, or the heated pools where instructors lead aquatic yoga and families play marco polo, the game where people try to echolocate the famous explorer's ghost, during open swim.
Co-ed and women-only group fitness classes practice such traditional exercise styles as cycling, yoga, and Pilates. Instructors also specialize in newer techniques, including TAC physique, a ballet-inspired workout session taught by former-dancers-turned-robots, and TRX classes, with suspension straps that wield the body’s weight to create a full-body resistance-training workout.
Getting a Bikram yoga studio to an ideal temperature seems as simple as turning up the thermostat above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and that is how many studios do it. But Bikram Yoga London Centre has designed a heating system that relies on a commercial-grade furnace and gas-heated radiant tube to warm its studios to 105 degrees while maintaining 40% humidity in the room. This is to replicate typical climate conditions in India and help clients get a more authentic Bikram yoga experience. The system also monitors the CO2 levels in the room and pumps in fresh oxygen.
This environment, paired with the Bikram series of 26 yoga postures, loosens muscles, ligaments, and joints, flushes out toxins, and allows the body to take in more oxygen. In addition to helping bodies, the heat helps instill mindful self-control and discipline.
The certified trainers of BodyWorx turn bellies into abs of concrete, and replace wheezing, winded bodies with endurance machines. Each of their functional training workouts helps strengthen the musculature that runs the length of the torso, turning cores into fat-burning powerhouses. For personal attention, personal trainers jump into the fitness weeds with clients, focusing their combined 20 years of experience on the trainees' target areas and goals. Guests can also sign up for boot camps for full-body fitscapades that combine cardio, strength training, and the motivation that comes from working out with peers. The studio also hosts a variety of drop-in fitness classes such as Ab attack, kick-boxing, or Body Sculpt, which teaches guests how to animate chiselled marble likenesses of themselves using dark magic.