By Karel Bond Lucander and Sam Boykin
Posted: Monday, Jan. 06, 2014
Channel your inner ballerinaeven if you dont know a plié from a pirouetteand tone your body at Pure Barre studio in Huntersville. Owner Katie Moscovitch, along with a team of six certified instructors, uses low-impact, structured isometric movements to target womens typical trouble areas: seat, hips, thighs, abs, and arms. Combining movements taken from yoga, Pilates, and dance, Pure Barres goal is to help you achieve a long, lean, and strong physique. People see changes in less than 10 classes, says Moscovitch. Just when your body gets used to the workout, well switch it up, which is exactly what the body needs to continue to progress.
www.purebarre.com/nc-lakenormanContenders Boxing Gym
After years of slugging it out in toughman contests and amateur Golden Gloves competitions, Joe Mayer opened his own gym in 1999 to teach others the sweet science of boxing. While some of the 2,000 pugilists Mayer and his coaches have trained over the years have gone to fight professionally, Mayer stresses that Contenders Boxing Gym is ideal for men and women who simply want to improve their fitness. Mayer offers a series of one-on-one programs that incorporate jumping rope, punching bags, weightlifting, and even sparring. Its a regimen thats guaranteed to improve your strength, stamina, and coordination, and as an added bonus, you learn how to kick butt in the process.
20420 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius
Thanks to TV shows like The Ultimate Fighter, mixed-martial arts (MMA) has become a huge force in both pop culture and fitness. Matt Sredzinski, who started martial arts training at 3, got caught up in the craze while going to college in Michigan. Sredzinski was teaching kickboxing at the time, and started a small fight team, traveling to surrounding states to fight on the weekend. Not long after a friend convinced him to move to Lake Norman, he opened The Rock MMA & Fitness Center in 2010. This month hes unveiling his new gym, Camp Rock, which, in addition to MMA and self-defense training, offers full-body cross-training classes and bootcamps.
105 Parr Drive, Huntersville
At FastFit Boxing, you can jab, cross, uppercut, and roundhouse kick your body into shape. Youll burn calories and strengthen muscles as you rotate through 16 three-minute stations. A majority of our clients have never put gloves on before, says co-owner Steve Halloran. They come here for a fun, cool way to workout and learn self-defense. Steve, a certified trainer and amateur fighter, along with his wife Lisa, a certified nutritionist, opened FastFit Boxing in October. During the first session theyll evaluate your overall health and help you set nutrition and fitness goals. Once your baseline is established, theyll guide you into new levels of fitness.
Jetton Village, 19911-B North Cove Road, Cornelius
The dozen certified instructors at Community Yoga have studied the discipline from Bali to India, and they offer a wide variety of classes. Owner Amy Schneider, who opened the studio in 2004 and has been practicing for nearly two decades, says Community Yoga is a welcoming place where you can let your mind go for a little bit and feel what its like to live in your body. The Cornelius studio also offers Pilates, meditation, and chakra dance classes. A monthly Womens Circle brings students together for activities such as journaling and creating vision boards.
20823 North Main St., Cornelius
www.communityoga.comDancing Moon Pilates
When seasoned Pilates instructors Denise Maffia and Crys Roeder opened Dancing Moon Pilates in spring 2012, they created an open, inviting atmosphere and classes designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Dancing Moon offers private, semi-private, and small-group classes, as well as prenatal and postnatal Pilates, boot camps, and the innovative Piloxing class, a hybrid of Pilates, boxing, and dance. After 10 sessions, youll feel better, says Maffia. After 30 sessions, you will have a new body.
15905 Brookway Drive, Suite 4210, Huntersville
With nearly 20 different classes, Gotta Yoga has a little something for everyone. We want to provide all kinds of options, so people can find the practice that works best for them, says co-owner Clif Gentle. Classes include hot yoga, performed in a room heated to a sweltering 95 degrees, flow and vinyasa, prenatal/postnatal, as well as classes designed for athletes. New in 2014: aerial yoga, which uses silk ceiling hammocks to assist with posturing.
19911 North Cove Road, Suite C., Cornelius
www.gottayogastudio.comPilates Studio at the Lake
New owner Michele Pulaski is transforming Pilates Studio at the Lake into a boutique fitness studio. In addition to Pilates, the studio will offer kettlebell classes, kickboxing, and suspension training. We plan to be a one-stop shop, where you can get your core strength, toning, strengthening, and cardio workout all under one roof, in an hour or less, says Pulaski. Pilates Studio at the Lake will continue to offer private and semi-private sessions, as well as small-group classes.
202 S. Main St., Davidson
The Bindu, which opened in 2009, offers a variety of yoga classes for all skill levels, including vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, as well as private lessons, workshops, and teacher training. Founder Kelley Gardner recently turned over the Bindu to fellow instructor Sally Phillips, and the facility is moving to a new Cornelius location. Kelley has done a fabulous job building the Bindu, and we share a passion to practice, says Phillips. Well keep moving forward and growing.
20100 Zion Ave., Cornelius
www.thebindu.comChampions Sports Performance
Since Greg OConnor opened Champions Sports Performance in Cornelius in 2011, it has become one of the most popular fitness facilities in the area. The 10,000-square-foot building has a long stretch of indoor turf for sprinting drills, and state-of-the-art equipment designed for dynamic, full-body exercises. The facility offers both youth and adult classes designed to improve speed, strength, and endurance, including the Training for Warriors program, developed by Martin Rooney. Rooney recently moved to Lake Norman to make Champions his international TFW headquarters. He says the program is equally effective for both elite athletes and those who may be intimidated by some of the more intense circuit-training programs.
18831 Statesville Road, Cornelius
Burn Bootcamp caters to busy moms of all fitness levels, and combines nutritional coaching with group and personal training. Founder Devan Kline, a former minor league baseball player, certified personal trainer, and nutrition specialist, has put together 45-minute sessions of burst training (short intervals of high-intensity cardio), strength training, and athletic conditioning. With the help of certified trainers, including co-owner Morgan Stevens, Burn Bootcamp offers these challenging workouts at multiple Lake Norman locations, including Cornelius, Huntersville, and Mooresville.
With two Lake Norman locations, Fitness Together helps clients create a detailed plan and achieve goals using state-of-the-art equipment, proven exercise techniques, and one-on-one personal training, with special attention paid to proper body alignment and posture. Both Bryan Wisdom, who owns the Mooresville location, and Dan Peden, manager of the Huntersville location, are certified trainers with college degrees in health and fitness. The pair stress that Fitness Together motivates and supports clients through well-rounded and focused programs that incorporate strength training, cardio, and nutrition, along with ongoing feedback and appraisals.
229 Medical Park Road, Suite 100, Mooresville
9818 Gilead Road, Suite 105-B, Huntersville
Specializing in one-on-one and small-group training, Personal Fitness works with everyone from elite athletes looking to improve their performance to folks who just want to shed some pounds and look good in bathing suit. After years practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, Bill Scibetta, whos licensed with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, opened Precision Fitness in 2001. Scibetta and his team start each clients training program with a comprehensive evaluation to determine objectives and goals. They then create an integrative fitness program custom-designed for each individual. Scibetta recently moved Precision Fitness to a new 4,500-square-foot facility with massage therapy facilities, juice bar, and a state-of-the-art performance lab that offers services such as movement analysis and metabolic efficiency.
18515-C3 Statesville Road, Cornelius
Certified trainers Ken Crowder and Paul Klein opened CrossFit 77 in May 2012 in Kleins Cornelius garage with only 12 members. A month later they moved to Benchwarmers Sports Complex in Mooresville, where they now operate out of a 6,500-square-foot facility with six additional trainers and more than 250 members. Crossfit 77 offers a full line-up of programs for kids, groups, and personal training.
302 Rolling Hills Road, Mooresville
CrossFit Huntersville is a family-owned and operated facility that stresses the importance of achieving true fitness, not just the appearance of fitness, through simple yet challenging exercise programs. The workouts can be adapted and scaled to accommodate all levels of ability and experience.
9705 Rosewood Meadow Lane C, Huntersville
With several experienced and certified coaches, including owner Jane Elizabeth Huff and general manager Molly Land, CrossFit Davidson offers challenging group exercise sessions that, as your improve, increase in intensity. Huff and Land stress that they help members set goals and hold them accountable, so theyre more likely to achieve success.
303 Depot St., Davidson
Situated in a 4,500-square-foot facility in Huntersville with outdoor space for running drills and activities, CrossfitLKN offers group classes that cycle between periods of endurance, strength, and structural balance. Skilled and certified trainers are on hand to help everyone from beginners to advanced competitive athletes.
9825 Northcross Center Ct. Ste R, Huntersville
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