This is the time of year when most people begin to think about getting in shape for summer. Yes, we all had wonderful ideas and resolutions back in January, of fitting back into clothes that serve the sole purpose of reminding us that there was once a time when we were much thinner. However, that first of the year motivation got lost somewhere along the way and now we are starting all over again. Many people like to exercise in a gym because they are motivated by others and it gives them a sense of community, but which gym is the right fit for you? Most people randomly pick a place that is close to their home or work or is the cheapest. If you are looking for something new and unique, check out some of these specialty gyms in the local Louisville area.
Hot Spot Yoga
Hot Spot Yoga is the only certified Bikram Yoga gym in the Louisville Area. Hot yoga is the next big thing; and if you are like me, you may be a little reluctant to give it a try (after all, regular yoga is difficult enough). Bikram Yoga is done at sweltering 105 degrees and 40% humidity. Not only does it help increase balance, flexibility and relaxation; but it also helps you sweat out all of the toxins in your body. The creator of Bikram Yoga, Bikram Choudhury, describes a typical class like this: “We put incredible pressure on you to teach you to break your attachment to external things and go within. Instead of blaming others for your own weakness, fear and depression, you will learn to take responsibility for your own life. You’ve got to face yourself in the mirror, every part you don’t like, every mistake you make, every excuse your mind creates to limit your potential liberation–there’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.” (http://bikramlouisville.com/bikram-yoga-louisville/index.php/about-bikram-yoga-louisville/why-bikram-yoga).
Hot Yoga does cause some concerns for dehydration, so you will want to check with your physician before trying the class. You will need to prepare for the class by making sure that you are fully hydrated ( 64 oz the day prior and 8 oz each hour the day of is suggested); eat a good meal (not too heavy) prior to yoga, come dressed in a bathing suit, sports bra or lightweight clothing and bring a towel and yoga mat. It is also important that you rehydrate yourself after yoga; you may purchase a specialty drink filled with electrolytes at the gym.
Location: 6427 West Hwy 146, Suites 8 & 9, Crestwood, KY 40014
Hours of Operation: Classes run from 6:30 am-7:00 pm M-F, 7:30am-4pm Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm Sunday. You will need to sign up for class online prior to coming at http://bikramlouisville.com/bikram-yoga-louisville/
Fees: You can pay per class or a monthly fee for unlimited classes
The YMCA is a well know organization that is a great community outreach program for both adults and youth. It has a great family atmosphere and has lots of fun things for your little ones to do while you work out. There is a play area for 8 and under with tunnels and a ball pit; while older kids have their own exercise room and exercise classes, or they can play basketball or swim. The Southwest YMCA is unique in that it also offers water aerobics. They have a pool that is open year round; in the winter the ceiling is closed off with an insulated bubble transforming it into an indoor pool. They offer multiple water exercise classes that allow you to work out using the resistance of the water. They also have several water classes that are used as rehab classes for those who have suffered an injury or have arthritis. The YMCA also offers year round youth sports including soccer, baseball, basketball and cheerleading. The SW YMCA has two workout rooms with top of the line equipment and multiple aerobic rooms; they also have a rock climbing wall.
Location: 2800 Fordhaven Rd., Louisville, KY 40214
Hours of Operation: 5am – 10:30pm M-Th, 5am-9pm Friday, 7am-7pm weekends
Fees: There is a joining fee and a monthly membership fee.
Pure Barre offers ballet -style exercises using a ballet barre, however, no dance experience is needed. They focus on isometric exercises, stretching and toning muscles in women’s most problematic areas. Men are welcome, but most of the clientele is female. The schedule varies by day and you will need to register online for classes before you come at http://purebarre.com/ky-louisville/. No equipment or special shoes needed for classes, as it is not a ballet technique class.
Location: 1321 Herr Lane, Suite 180, Louisville, KY
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week, hours vary by day
Fees: You can pay for classes individually, purchase a group of classes, or pay an unlimited monthly fee
Louisville Ballet School
The Louisville Ballet is a dance studio, not a gym. However, it offers a variety of dance classes for adults at both the novice level and advanced. They offer a ballet technique class, ballet boot camp (focuses less on actual technique and more on stretching, strengthening and lengthening long muscles), tap, Zumba, yoga and much more. It is a very calm environment with small class sizes and excellent feedback from teachers.
Location: 4121 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207
Hours of Operation: They have classes 7 days a week, times vary depending on the day.
Fees: You can pay for classes individually or purchase a card for 5 or 10 classes.
CrossFit has recently become very popular; it is a conditioning workout aimed at increasing strength and endurance. Greg Glassman, the creator of CrossFit describes it in CrossFit Journal, “CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.” CrossFit is usually done in a class setting and incorporates boot camp-style exercises, circuit training and heavy weightlifting. It is especially useful in training military, law enforcement and rescue responders. It is also a great way to get in shape for athletics, triathlons and strength competitions. CrossFit Regeneration has more of a community feel because you work out with the same group of people instead of by yourself. It has more of a coaching atmosphere than your basic gym. If you are tired of your basic treadmill or jazzercise class then this may be just what you need.
Location: 3250 Ruckriegel Parkway Louisville, KY 40299
Hours of Operation: Classes are offered from 6am-7pm M-F and they are open on the weekends
Fees: There is a monthly membership fee