With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s easy to put the gym sneakers aside and indulge in your favorite holiday treats. But with so many news-worthy fitness studios right around the corner, why would you want to? From boxing to yoga, and just about everything in between, Gainesville is home to some of the hippest fitness trends across the country. Regardless of the trend you choose to take on this season, you’ll be on your way to a fitter, healthier you!
Beast Mode Boxing and Fitness
If you’re looking to channel your inner Ronda Rousey, check out Beast Mode Boxing and Fitness, located at 250 SE 10 Ave. Owner Shawn Richardson, also known as Coach Jitt, will teach you combinations that get your full body involved. Beginners will not be “thrown in” immediately, Richardson promises, but start out by learning proper foot work, head movements and body angles before moving on to the ring. If you’re a seasoned boxer, Richardson has a place for you as well — stop by and practice your skills, or participate in conditioning exercises. Regardless of the scenario, Richardson feels strongly about Beast Mode Boxing and Fitness’s “We don’t get tired” mentality, meant to push you to gain the most out of each class. Classes can be in a private or group setting. Clients can purchase a $53 monthly package for unlimited boxing classes and a $42 package for unlimited conditioning.
Big Ron’s Yoga College
For all interested yogis, new and experienced, Big Ron’s Yoga College, located at 591-D NW 10th Ave., has classes that focus on exercising the body, mind and spirit through a series of dynamic and sequential Bikram-style yoga poses in a 100-degree room for 100 minutes. The sessions improve balance, posture and energy levels, and serve as a therapeutic outlet for many clients. Clients at the studio often notice relief from a variety of medical conditions, ranging from arthritis to side effects of previous strokes to general muscle pain, according to Rose Char-boneau, owner and instructor of the Gainesville studio. She describes yoga as “putting oil in a car,” used to refuel and regenerate clients to take on whatever their daily lives bring. New clients are welcome to join classes by simply walking in for $15. There are also select packages, including unlimited lessons for $100.
Contact Charboneau by calling 352-875-1976. The weekly schedule is posted on their website at bigronsyoga.com.
If your biggest concern is losing weight, Orangetheory Fitness, located at 2005 NW 43rd St., is a great option, with the average amount of calories burned in an hour between 500 and 600 for women and 1,000+ for men. Each wo
rkout involves endurance, strength and power training, taught by a certified personal trainer. Half of the class is spent in the cardio room and the other half is spent in the weight room for a killer combination of burning calories and toning muscle. The goal of Orangetheory is to spend at least 12 minutes in the “orange” zone, a physical state that exudes the greatest amount of calories burned for 36 hours post-workout, according to the owners. Rates range from $8 to $20 per class, depending on the package chosen. Clients can purchase classes in a 10-pack, 20-pack or 30-pack, and they can be used up to a year from purchase.
Sign up through the Orangetheory app or by calling 352-559-3937. The schedule can be found on their website at gainesville.orangetheoryfitness.com.
A recent Pure Barre class at the studio in Gainesville.
You don’t have to be a ballerina to get a body like one with Pure Barre studio, located at 4201 NW 16th Blvd. With a 55-minute full-body toning and strength routine, Pure Barre helps clients to achieve better posture, flexibility and endurance. Each class begins with a warm-up followed by thigh and ab exercises set to fast-tempo music. Pure Barre focuses on obtaining long and lean muscles through a perfected technique, which Gainesville Pure Barre co-owner Moana Tucker believes is the main reason Pure Barre is so different from other barre studios. Pure Barre creates a sense of strength among clients, empowering them to not only get through the workout, but to come back for another intense, yet energizing session, she added. New clients can purchase their first month of classes for $99, with every month after that for $125. Clients can also choose to pay $15 per class. The studio welcomes both men and women.
For the class schedule, visit purebarre.com/fl-gainesville/.
Whether you’re extremely flexible or can barely touch your toes, Evolve Pilates, located at 6450 SW Archer Road, Suite 210, is a great option for getting active and building muscle. After consistently taking classes, clients often notice an increase in flexibility, balance and strength. Pilates emphasizes a mind-body connection that will leave you feeling refreshed and clear-minded. Choose from a variety of classes, including a pilates equipment class, mat class and total body barre class. Prices range depending on the class and package chosen; Individual lessons range from $60 to $80 per session and group classes from $12 to $30 per session.
For more infor-mation and to view the class schedule, visit evolvepilates.com.
Photography by: Steffanie Crockett