Resolve To Be A Better You - Fitness
If you’re looking to increase your overall health through strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance without much risk of injury, Club Pilates is the perfect place for you. The motto “Do Pilates. Do Life.” speaks to how this exercise method, an art of control over your body, mind, and muscles, can improve your everyday life.
Owners Lanie and Craig Brazell opened the East Montgomery location in September 2017 and the Zelda Road location in March 2018. They are continuing to grow and are excited to announce the grand opening of their Auburn location this month. Lanie says, “Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen. Pilates conditions the whole body - even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you to enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.”
Pilates is an efficient full-body workout that focuses on toning, core strength and flexibility and offers a low-impact workout for all skill levels. True to Joseph Pilates’s, the founder of Pilates, original “contrology” method, Club Pilates has modernized the workout with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, offering high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price.
Club Pilates uses a variety of equipment in their classes such as a springboard, a barre, TRX® bands, EXO-Chair, BOSU, and the infamous reformer. The reformer may look like a torture device, but it’s actually a very versatile machine that uses springs to increase resistance and allows for better mobility during your workout. There are over 500 different exercises you can do on the reformer alone!
If you’re not familiar with Pilates, fear not. Club Pilates instructors have undergone 500 hours of training, so they are well prepared to walk you through each class and provide modifications if needed. Classes are in a group setting, but there isn’t a competition aspect like in other group workouts; you’re able to work at your own pace. There is also a secluded private training room available for those looking for one-on-one training.
This workout is for anyone, no matter the age or body type. It is great for those with heart disease, arthritis, back pain, diabetes, sciatic nerve issues, knee injuries and is safe and recommended during pregnancy. The studios offer seven different types of classes and four different levels, each lasting 50 minutes, so you won’t get tired of the same workout week after week.
Joseph Pilates said, "In 10 classes you will feel a difference, in 20 you will see a difference and in 30 you will have a whole new body!” I can’t think of a better New Year’s resolution than to improve your health and well-being, and Club Pilates will do just that.
Club Pilates offers your first visit for free so don’t procrastinate any longer. Schedule your visit today!
East Montgomery 8143 Vaughn Road Phone: 334.603.8055 clubpilates.com/eastmontgomery.com
Zelda/Mid Town 2940 Zelda Road, Suite C Phone: 334.328.2465 clubpilates.com/location/zelda/
Orange Theory Fitness
A workout that keeps burning calories AFTER you leave the gym…it sounds too good to be true; but Orangetheory was designed to do just that, and this heart rate based interval-training studio is making a name for itself, quickly growing around the country.
At Orangetheory, science meets fitness by harnessing excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC for short…. or more fondly, the afterburn). Members wear a monitor to track the heart rate throughout the class, and each member’s heart rate is on display in real time on a big screen that can be checked throughout the class. Each class is divided into cardio and weight training and is designed to maintain a target heart rate zone that stimulates metabolism and keeps you burning calories up to 36 hours after the class. Heart rate levels are designated by color, and the more time you spend in the orange and red zones, the more afterburn you will experience. It’s the workout that keeps on working you out.
The handy Orangetheory app allows you to schedule your classes and track your statistics from each class. Each class is different so you never get bored, but you always get a total body workout with a focus on endurance, strength, power and a combination of all three.
It can be nerve-racking trying a new workout for the first time, but at Orangetheory, your fears are subsided by the friendliness of the staff, their knowledge of the techniques and their patience with you as you are learning. Coaches are passionate about members’ health. Learn more about them at orangetheoryfitness.com or stop by Orangetheory Fitness Montgomery located at 1645 Perry Hill Road. The first class is free!
Rebar Performance opened their doors in October 2013 by fitness fanatics Jacob Hudson and Chase Ingram. Their current location off Chantilly Boulevard is a state-of-the-art facility with a 15,000 square foot outdoor football field attached and a dedicated spot for children with their own television, air conditioning, bathroom and sitter. This location is ideal for dozens of surrounding neighborhoods and even comes with a shower for the on-the-go commuter! One of our favorite things about this facility is the large glass garage doors that roll up, giving it an open-air feeling. Oh, and the sound system is pretty legit, too.
All of the programs offered are group-led by instructors who are knowledgeable, caring, and most importantly, certified. No baseline of physical fitness or past experiences with certain movements is required to begin. Each program and instructor will meet you where you currently are in your health journey and tailor each workout to make it safe, yet challenging.
CrossFit- This program is an hour long and blends cardio, gymnastics, and weightlifting movements to keep your workouts fresh and exciting while also avoiding the dreaded workout plateau. Athletes that opt to participate in this program go through a week of one-on-one training with an instructor at no extra cost to the client. This allows them to transition to classes safely and with a better understanding of how the human body should move. Seven classes a day (3 of which have free childcare to members) accommodate any busy schedule.
Launch Bootcamp- This is a 45-minute workout that never touches a barbell but rather focuses on higher reps and more cardio. Dumbbells, kettle balls, medicine balls, slam balls, and sleds are utilized, but there is no heavy lifting or Olympic lifts. No intro class is required as the movements in the workouts can be taught before the workout by your own qualified instructor. This program offers five class times per day with the earliest starting at 4:45 am and the latest starting at 6:15 pm. Free childcare is also available to members.
Rebar Strength- This program lasts an hour and is led by Aaron Smith (formerly of the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University strength staffs) and consists of Olympic Lifting and Power Lifting movements. Aaron has custom 12-week workout programs designed to increase strength and power. No background is needed in these movements as he will teach you one-on-one to build quality of movement. There are two class times per day available for this program.
CrossFit Kids- This program is designed to get kids off their phones and computer and MOVING! It is working out under the guise of playful games. This program is for children ages 6-14 and two certified CrossFit Kids instructors are on hand each class to ensure each child’s needs are tended to. The younger kids will focus more on gymnastics and bodyweight movements, while the older kids may pick up an empty barbell if the workout calls for it. This 45-minute class starts at 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Usually when you think of the YMCA, the first things that come to mind are “gym and swim.” The YMCA of Greater Montgomery is so much more than that. According to Lara Lewis, “The YMCA of Greater Montgomery is a dynamic association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of our youth, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause and our programs are always based on the needs and interests of our communities. We exist for a better you, for a better community, for a better us.”
The YMCA has a rich history, especially in Montgomery. Their first building, the Downtown YMCA on Washington Avenue, was built in 1906 as a residence serving only boys and men with a membership of just 529 people. By 1912, membership doubled to 1,200. Four new branches were built in the 1950s, and growth has been steady since then, with new branches and increased membership. Currently, the Montgomery locations have a director of healthy living, two wellness directors and over 85 instructors who work throughout the 15 fitness facilities promoting health and wellness for the whole family.
The YMCA offers monthly packages with varying rates according to your needs, and there are no contracts or processing fees. With the monthly packages, clients have access to their 12 fitness centers, indoor pools, multiple gyms, free group and water exercise classes, free childcare for ages 6 months to 6 years while you work out, youth sports and camps, and much, much more. When you join, you are offered a personalized wellness orientation. You may schedule a one-on-one session with any wellness coaches to set a plan to help guide you through your wellness journey.
The YMCA is there to meet your needs and your goals. Their philosophy is, “A new year means a stronger you.” With more than 100 classes a week, and all their other amenities, there is truly something for everyone. To learn more about any of their locations or programs, visit their website at ymcamontgomery.org or check out their app on your mobile device - The Y. For a Stronger You, For a Better You, For a Better Community, For a Better Us.