Yoga is universal. In keeping with that notion, Synergize Yoga welcomes any and all students to practice at its studio—beginners, experienced yogis, and expectant mothers all can find a class right for them. Along with energizing flow classes, the instructors lead meditation sessions and Yin yoga.
Surrounded by cheeky pink carpeting and floor-to-ceiling racks of metallic-colored medicine balls, instructors at Studio K lead 45-minute fitness classes, many of which focus on seniors. With a stone fireplace nested in the corner and mirrors surrounding the walls, cozy classes whip cores into finer fettle during yoga and mat Pilates, and patrons cut a cardio rug during dance-aerobics sessions that include Zumba and Latin Dance. Studio K takes part in the SilverSneakers program, which modifies cardio and strength workouts for seated routines, making it easier for older students and reigning monarchs to participate.
The dynamic classes at Bella Barre Fitness combine elements of Pilates, yoga, and dance with body-toning poses performed on a ballet barre. During workouts, instructors guide exercisers through isolated movements that aim to tone and elongate muscles, rev the metabolism, and burn fat more efficiently than wearing a George Foreman grill. Instructors correct and refine students' postures throughout the class to help them master the barre fitness routine. Students of all ability levels are welcome, and no dance background is needed to participate.
After suffering from burn wounds at a young age, Kristin Cromie found her way back to health and peace by practicing yoga. She went on to earn CorePower Yoga certification and open her own studio, Yoga Spice. There, she guides classes that cater to different levels of experience. The relaxing, candlelit Flicker class, for example, focuses on gentle stretches, and the Spicy 90 class revolves around invigorating poses that help students work up a sweat.
Together, Jose Lara and Amara Kamara wrack up 25 years of experience in fitness and rehabilitative fields. At Boot Camp MSP, they funnel that wealth of exercise and physiological knowledge into heart-blasting, muscle-busting workouts. Unlike regular gyms, where exercisers are liable to inhale recycled air or errant medicine balls, Boot Camp MSP gets exercisers into the great outdoors, holding each session in either Nelson Park or Elm Creek Park Reserve. They combine this outdoor body blast with nutritional seminars led by a licensed dietician.
Though their mission is to whip their clients into shape, their methodology is a relaxed one. “If it is not fun, then don’t do it,” says Amara. “For me, making you laugh at loud during your session is one of the many [things] I love about this job.”
A forest of 10 stainless-steel, 20-foot-tall poles glimmers beneath the red, green, and blue stage lights of Dollhouse Pole Dance Studio, but the truly captivating sight is the dancers—strong and limber silhouettes that twist, turn, and glide gracefully up and down. Amid the 2,000-square-foot studio’s plum walls and sprung hardwood dance floors, seasoned instructors lead students of all sizes and experience levels through a variety of pole-dancing classes and comprehensive workshops, varying the focus from technique to fitness to flexibility. The studio also hosts parties, where guests sip complimentary champagne in the chic front lounge before enjoying a private pole-dancing lesson. After lessons, partygoers convene in the studio’s changing room, where private stalls and mirrors enable ladies to primp hair, put on makeup, or change into matching banana suits in preparation for a night out.