Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.Also, don't be surprised if your class incorporates light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work. Barre class is a more fast paced higher impact class with uplifting music and high energy instructors.
The goal of a mat Pilates class is to strengthen the body’s “powerhouse,” a Pilates term that refers to your abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, hips and glutes. Through a series of floor exercises using resistance bands and rings, the workout helps build, sculpt and tone these muscles, giving your body a long, lean look. Pilates can aid in flexibility and improving posture, as stretching your body is a vital part of class. While low-impact, Pilates burns fat during and after class, as your muscles continue to shed calories long after class ends. Mat Pilates class is a great option if you are looking for a slower, lower impact fitness class.
A wide variety of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs.
One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways, and all kinds of variations. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.
Step aerobics is a classic cardio workout. It's lasted for decades for a simple reason: It delivers results.
The "step" is a 4-inch to 12-inch raised platform. You step up, around, and down from the platform in different patterns to boost your heart rate and breathing, and strengthen your muscles. Step aerobics moves range from simple to advanced. The most basic is a step-up, step-down. Once you get more experienced, you do moves that take you over the top and around the step forwards, sideways, and backwards.
Hoop class is another lower impact class which incorporates mat pilates exercises as well as the fun and creativity of using a weighted Hula Hoop. If you’re tired of crunches and other traditional exercises for the abs, hula hooping may offer you an effective alternative. Spinning the hula hoop around your mid-section requires an active engagement of your hips and abdominal muscles. Class will also incorporate arm work to help sculpt and lean the arms as well as full body tightening and toning.Part of the fun of this class is simply remembering how to Hula Hoop! Don't worry our instructor will teach you.
Cycle class in an indoor spinning/cycling class which includes a warm up and cool down. The intensity will vary throughout the class thanks to different body positions (i.e., standing versus sitting), pedal speed, and resistance. The instructor will tell you when to change your settings so your ride feels like it would outdoors—complete with hill climbs, sprints, and coasting. In some special classes, the pedaling is even mixed with upper-body workouts, resistant bands, or a themed adventure (Michael Jackson tribute, anyone?). Cycle class is for all levels of fitness. You want to arrive about 5-7 minutes early to set up your bike in it's correct height and position.
Cardio kickboxing is a group fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio. This high-energy workout challenges the beginner and elite athlete alike. Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility, and burn calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout.
Adult Active Aging:
This class is a lower impact, slower paced group fitness class designed for the Senior adult, Pregnant adult, or adult who has or has had health issues or major surgeries. Designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities for daily living, Adult Active Aging class is taught by a highly qualified instructor with extensive experience in injury prevention and exercise management for chronic diseases. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support and class can be modified depending on any fitness level. Socialization and fun music are also incorporated into this slower paced, low impact class.
Body sculpting is a non-aerobic, muscle-toning class, usually focused on core strength. In class you will use weighted bars, exercise bands,dumbbells, or a combination of these gadgets. You will perform traditional weight-training moves in a class setting.
Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of a TRX Suspension Trainer, a highly portable performance tool that leverages gravity and the user's body weight to complete 100s of exercises. Pilates on suspension straps has taken pilates to a whole new level. The straps provide extra resistance, mobility and stability through your spine, shoulders, hips and knees. This results in a body that moves with greater function and ease.
Circuit training is an interval-based workout program. You complete several different exercises in rapid succession, with short rests in between. Generally, you’ll perform each exercise at a high intensity for a set period of time or set number of reps. After doing one series of exercises, or completing one “circuit,” you’ll start at the beginning again and complete the circuit one to two more time. While a circuit might include any one of hundreds of exercises, the workouts fall into a specific categories.
PLYOGA is a 4 part fitness system that utilizes the centered and balanced principles of Yoga as an active recovery for a segmented class in Plyometric interval movements.This class is a HITT class full of timed plyometric movements followed by static hold yoga poses.