Trained in aromatherapy, reflexology, and all manner of massages, Leah Taylor customizes all of her services to fit her customers' needs. Taylor doles out massages in packages that range from 15 minutes to two hours in length, allowing clients to designate exactly how much time they’d like to be tenderized before they reemerge into the world or baste themselves at home. Prenatal, sports therapy, and Swedish massage number among Taylor’s many specialties, with most services supplemented with add-ons such as hot-stone treatments and reactive-heat muscle therapy.
At Kaia F.I.T., working out is a team sport rather than an individual undertaking. Women of all ages and fitness levels cheer one another through functional training programs that challenge the body and mind. Designed to build strength, endurance, and flexibility, many programs adopt a boot-camp-style format, which includes a health assessment and a review of fitness goals. Armed with this information, coaches devise a custom regimen of cross-training exercises that intensify as participants grow fitter. Body-sculpting moves are culled from disciplines such as kickboxing and weight lifting, and barre exercises and yoga make muscles strong and flexible. Nutrition counseling facilitates healthy choices on days marked with temptation or a sudden storm of Sno Balls.
CrossFit Captivate’s head coach and owner, Corey Bibolet, serves as a living example of how CrossFit’s commitment to functional movement can contribute to bettering bodies for all types of activities—not just squats and lunges. He began practicing CrossFit in 2008 as a means to build strength and spice up his break-dancing routines and has been dedicated to the fitness medium ever since. A coach for more than three years, Corey holds several CrossFit competition titles, and he travels the country to attend training seminars and find new ways to get his pupils motivated. Today, he and his staff of co-trainers teach more than 30 classes per week in their blue-walled gym equipped with weights, hanging rings, and kettlebells.
No frills. No nonsense. At Crossfit Sparks Elite that means no distractions from the task at hand, which is focusing on fitness. In their bare bones gym that features no mirrors, no chrome, and no complicated machines, coaches give personalized attention during small-group classes. They ensure that each student understands the fundamentals of CrossFit's functional movements performed at a high intensity. It also means exercisers receive the encouragement and motivation often needed to reach fitness goals. To ensure a high level of engagement, they also change workouts daily, which wards off the boredom of repetition. And to keep the method accessible to all, they scale workouts to each student and offer CrossFit Light classes for those seeking a slower pace.
Quiet ripples set a deceivingly placid stage for Lisa Gonzalez's PaddleFit classes. Lisa G. sculpts the core, back, and arms with low-impact exercises that blend both yoga and cardio. She incorporates basic paddling into the sessions, which keep the mind engaged along with the body. Lisa also leads private standup-paddleboarding lessons, sunset paddleboarding tours, and—back on dry land—circuit-training workouts.