Workout With Patty
St. Louis is known for so many things—baseball, toasted ravioli and ‘the square beyond compare’ being a few. But it really should be known for the sheer number of fitness options available across the city! Last fall, I tried quite a few locally owned spots and shared my experiences in the paper. After, I heard from many of you about your favorite places to sling some steel, so to speak. It took this old body of mine a little while to try your suggestions, but I did. As you read these reviews, keep in mind that I am 58 and in reasonably good shape—with a bad shoulder, crunchy knees and a strong hatred of sweat. Consider yourself warned.
I am still stunned at how beautiful this place is! Even if you aren’t going to work out, go take a look and eat at the cafe, which offers all kinds of healthy foods. I signed up for a chakra yoga class hoping it would be the easiest. I was wrong. It was very challenging … but, since there were no mirrors, no one could see how badly I was doing! There are classes all day, many in heated studios, and there are numerous membership options. It’s a one-stop place for those who like fitness in a group setting. My daughter can’t get enough of it.
Kerri Simmons provides a variety of classes that strive to improve both your functional and strength training. I did this class with a friend, and I am proud to report, I only fell and crawled to the next station once! Kerri keeps the class moving, and I absolutely would be in fantastic shape if I went faithfully. Classes usually have 12 people, two doing the same activity as you rotate throughout the gym. Great overall workout!
The best description of this studio is that it felt like Cheers! No, people weren’t drinking beer, but as a newcomer to the group, I found everyone very encouraging, giving me high-fives when I actually did something right. I felt like I belonged! It’s a quick, 50-minute, all-over workout, again moving among various stations with a trainer who watches you to prevent you from hurting yourself. I was exhausted from the workout but so happy I went.
Let’s just say, I had a really bad attitude about dragging a tire around a parking lot. That said, I did it and managed to tell everyone I ran into that day what a badass I was! Studio owner Ryan Hansen combines yoga, strength training and cardio in a very efficient workout. I don’t doubt for a minute that regular workouts with him would produce some pretty amazing results. Still, the tire dragging …
This is so much more than a fitness studio. Services include integrative medicine, a spa, fitness and nutrition. I was just there to take an ELDOA class, though I could easily have been persuaded to slip on a robe and stay a while. ELDOA is a way to decompress your spine and provide myofascial release. As someone who has a bum shoulder and a tendency to hunch over the keyboard, I thought this class was perfect to stretch and relax my weary muscles. I am pretty certain I grew an inch or two. Oh, and don’t get me started on how great this place smells when you walk in the door.
I do pilates on a regular basis, so I wasn’t expecting to feel much the next day. Wrong. Owner Kim Wallis has a variety of small group classes, and I took the basic reformer one. It was fast moving, but Kim is hands-on, so she makes sure you are in the correct position and encourages you to make adjustments if you have injuries. Sure, she works with a lot of professional athletes, but she seemed just as happy to be with a group of women trying to get into shape. The class flew by, which is always the sign of a good instructor.