Helping New Orleans stay fit and healthy is what drives the programs and classes at Salvation Studio Health & Fitness Center (2917 Magazine St., Suite 202, 896-2200; www.salvationstudio.com), which recently renovated its popular spinning studio to include top-of-the-line Star Trac Spinner bikes and a more comfortable environment in which to work out.
"We're the first ones in the area to have these new bikes," says club owner Rusty Roussel. "The Star Trac Spinner is an all-aluminum and stainless-steel bike, has the latest gear mechanisms, and it's just a phenomenal piece of equipment." Spinning itself has increased in popularity since it started 10 years ago. "People understand how important it is to get aerobic exercise," he says. "Spinning, besides being created from a real cycling experience, allows you to work at high intensities without the impact on your ankles, legs and lower back. You can get intensity without jarring your body."
In addition to spinning, Salvation Studio offers a full range of other workouts, personal training and classes that include circuit training, cardio, abdominal workouts, body pump, several levels of yoga and Pilates. The 4,800-square-foot studio also has a cardio center, treadmills, elliptical trainers, weight training and even a nutrition program called Vitabot that helps customers develop personal meal plans for a balanced diet. Customers can opt for full-year or monthly memberships, and the studio has convenient hours; classes start as early as 6 a.m. on some days.
"We've almost doubled our business since we reopened after the hurricane," Roussel says. "We're getting a great response from customers who say it was one of the things they missed while they were away. [Working out] helps with stress. It's hard to gauge the mental benefits that come with exercise, but it's definitely a good feeling." Bigger and Better Cameron Jones For Your Home (2127 Magazine St., 524-3119) has expanded its showroom into a space next door previously occupied by another business, making the home furnishings and gift store's space a third larger than before. Owners Cameron and Joan Trenor removed the wall separating the spaces to facilitate the flow of the store and now display dining and bedroom sets, bedding, duvets and a new line of rugs. They also have introduced two new lines of furniture.