Think the whole gym thing just ain’t your bag? Iron Root Studio’s congenial vibes and assortment of classes is just the thing to change your tune.
Sure, it seems just about every time we turn around we see a new gym or fitness fad popping up – but an exercise depot we can actually feel comfortable in? Now that’s a rare find indeed. Between the endless intimidation of svelte folks who look like they practically live at the gym to the grunting behemoths behind the weight machines, we spend half the time we should be getting our heart rates up simply motivating ourselves to get to the gym in the first place. Just when we were thinking the gym just wasn’t our thing – Iron Root came along to totally change our tune.
Amy Rakestraw came out of the corporate life and wanted to keep things positive in her life, and her best avenue of doing so productively? Going to the gym. In fact, the more she worked out, the more fulfilled she felt. She went on to become a trainer and yogi. From there it was only a matter of time before she knew she had found her vocation: opening her own gym. Thusly, Iron Root came into being. With a variety of classes focusing on yoga, boot camp, and kettlebell – there’s something for everyone here. Within their yoga realm, there are vinyasa and mobility classes, numerous ways to get bendy. Kettlebell, which is more focused on developing balanced strength through repetitious movements, is a more strict offering for those looking to tone up. And the boot classes are a good (friendly) kick in-the-pants combination of aerobic and strength exercises. Focusing in one arena in your time at the studio is absolutely a-okay by Amy’s standards, but the results you’ll get from taking a bit of everything? An overall healthful and disciplined sense of fitness and well-being.
“I love being able to help build confidence in someone,” Amy says. “I get to see them be happier, to help them recognize they’re stronger than they think they are.” Her non-elitist, intimate and friendly classrooms are just the spot for us to boost our self-esteem, that’s for sure. “The MO of my gym is to welcome the people who wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable elsewhere. We’re open and welcome to everyone and anyone.” Now that’s the kind of gym we think we can finally get behind.