A Breath of Fresh Air
Voted #1 Best New Business on the Shoreline 2017
Voted #1 Best Pilates Studio on the Shoreline 2017
Voted #1 Best Place to Study Yoga on the Shoreline 2017
Voted #2 Best Health / Fitness Center on the Shoreline 2017
Voted #2 Best Wellness Center on the Shoreline 2017 (behind our own Essex Wellness Center!)
“We built Fitness on the Water as a community to inspire individuals to feel their best by creating balance of mind, body and spirit. This holistic approach to improve overall wellness is the foundation of everything we offer,” explained Founder/Owner Heidi E. Kunzli, MS, LADC. “Count on us to provide a schedule of motivating fitness classes, educational workshops and personal training to achieve individual health goals in a space that is comfortable, challenging & non-intimidating.”
Located at 8 Novelty Lane in Essex Village with breathtaking views of the Connecticut River, and on Route 1 in Westbrook and Branford, Fitness on the Water is a private fitness studio operated by Essex Wellness Center. It offers a unique experience of peace and privacy as you work toward improved strength and physical health. From boaters and beachgoers to busy moms and stressed college students, individuals find this a convenient place to get in a workout – and those who feel self-conscious about going to “a gym” often find this to be a welcoming and motivating environment. Luxurious and private, Fitness on the Water offers specialized services accompanied by highly individualized expert attention.
“…Hillary Kennedy is the Goddess of Barre Class – know that she has a CULT FOLLOWING. I LOVE her classes – (I am only one of her many devoted fans) – and Hillary is one of the ESSENTIAL reasons I succeeded in the Fitness Challenge. Hillary uses every second of her sixty minute class to work and stretch our muscles. She squeezes every bit of effort and strength from her participants – while keeping us safe and free from injury. That’s a very big deal. She is fun – and funny – and keeps a very strenuous class moving along nicely. Most importantly, she is an exceptional trainer. Her class is never the same, always super challenging, always working deeply into muscles long dormant. Hillary is completely vested in her participants, constantly correcting form, coaxing us to do better and to do more, ever vigilant. We leave Hillary’s Barre class exhausted, but exultant! Just call her “Goddess” for short…” – From “AS”, Essex
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Barre Class is a great way to lose weight, get firm and toned…..fast! This is a full body workout which uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Light handheld weights are used to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.
Favorite yoga instructor, Traci Costanzo offers gentle yoga classes connecting mind and body, while slowing down and releasing tension. This yoga class provides a soothing sequence to promote flexibility, create calm in the mind and restore balance and harmony in a mindful practice of breath, gentle movement and meditation. This yoga class is for all levels to enjoy. Essex Village and Westbrook Studios.
For the experienced student or those seeking a more challenging yoga workout, Melanie, and Antonia offer Yoga Flow classes in Westbrook and Branford. Vinyasa flow sequences will create a focus on breathing and self-energy while targeting specific areas of the body.
A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. This 60-minute heart pumping, dance-loving goodness has an open invite to all. With powerful music and a room full of enthusiasm, any fears of being clumsy or not able to follow the instructor are quickly forgotten. Join shoreline favorite Becky to dance your butt off!
Barefoot Bands (TM)
In this unique, low impact class we incorporate resistance bands hanging from the ceiling, loop bands and the philosophies behind barefoot cardio, yoga and pilates to give you a totally awesome and well-rounded workout! Through specific and precise cuing, you’ll learn how to efficiently recruit all of your stabilizer muscles to blast your body into incredible shape. 55 minutes.
Body Sculpt and Burn
This fast paced, fast moving, comprehensive total body workout focuses on upper/lower body exercises and core movements that provide both cardio and strength. Within the 60 minute workout, participants experience short intervals that deliver a calorie drenching workout and post metabolic boost (ie. boosts your metabolism to burn calories after the workout). Body weight, free weight, Spin bikes, Rebounders and Indo Rowers make the movements fun and never boring! Expect to move in this class! Please wear sneakers! Modifications for all levels!