As a former national-level figure skater and ISSA-certified personal trainer, Jessica knows what a full-body burn feels like. However, she didn't know that a stationary bike could replicate the feeling, until a fellow trainer encouraged her to climb aboard a RealRyder cycle. Jessica became a devotee after just two rides. Determined to share her newfound passion with others, she gathered a team of certified instructors, populated two studios with RealRyder ABF8 bikes, and opened their doors to prospective pedalers of all fitness levels.
Inside Ryde For Life, Jessica and her staff host 45- to 60-minute classes synced to each teacher's music playlist. They lead stationary teams atop RealRyder bikes, whose specialized frames allow riders to lean, bank, and steer as they would an on-road bike. In addition to pumping up cardiovascular systems, sessions engage the core, upper body, legs, and the scalp muscles that hold helmets in place.
CrossFit 428's dedicated trainers, Ricky, Hope and Jethrie, strive to help clients of all shapes and sizes—from stay-at-home moms to competitive athletes—achieve their personal fitness goals through dynamic workouts. Unlike other weight-lifting or cardio exercises, the CrossFit method builds strength using functional movements people perform on a daily basis, such as squatting, reaching, and running away from the guy who's running away from the cops. During the one-hour workouts, participants work to perfect 10 areas of physical skill, which include cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, power, and agility. The staff also provides nutritional guidance to augment the process of becoming fitter.
The team behind The Yoga Loft has taught students to use yoga to open their hearts and minds since 2002. The experienced and certified instructors are dedicated to bringing an intentional yoga practice to clients. Wake up with the sunlight streaming through the studio windows in the mellow Morning Yoga class, which uses slower moves aimed at quieting the mind to prepare it for the day. Or learn to link breath with energetic movements in a Vinyasa session. The Yoga Loft also has teacher training programs, yoga workshops, and ongoing events.
Located in the center of the city, the airy Yoga Loft studio features new maple floors, 1,400 square feet of space, and soaring 28-foot ceilings.
Roy Taylor wasn’t always an NASM-, NASCA-, AFAA-, and ACE-certified personal trainer. He was once a 6’5” kid who weighed 145 pounds. He combated his lankiness by working out, ultimately gaining 95 pounds of muscle. At Body Construction, which he founded in 1986, his current and former bodies both shape his personal training technique. Welcoming of all fitness levels, Roy and his trainers work with everyone from kids to members of the FBI. He leads intense, daily CrossFit classes as well as stocks his gym with machines and uses equipment such as tires, sledgehammers, and monkey bars during workouts.
Wendy O’ Lenic, of Wendy Fit, began her professional dance career in 1979 with a Vegas dance review. Over the years, her passion for movement evolved and found a new life in yoga. Her curriculum covers various disciplines including yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Within the earth-green walls of her studio, Wendy and her staff lead students through group classes, private and semiprivate personal training sessions, and specialty courses such as ballet core and kettlebell. Once annually, the studio co-sponsors a yoga cruise so that students can practice their moves in fresh air and catch views of dolphins doing planks.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
The certified personal trainers at Starka Fitness guide exercisers through fun full-body workouts that cultivate strength, balance, and muscle tone. TRX suspension training employs sturdy straps to turn the human body into its own weight machine. Instructors draw from more than 300 bodyweight exercises to help build strong, flexible muscles in the arms, abs, and back. One-hour boot-camp sessions burn calories by pairing indoor and outdoor strength-training drills with cardio exercises, enabling campers to swim through quicksand with confidence. All campers meet with a trainer before the first class, where they set goals to accomplish through jumping rope, tossing medicine balls, and lifting kettlebells. During Pilates sessions, up to 20 students fortify torso muscles and sculpt lean, flexible limbs with stretches and precisely controlled movements. Contact the studio for its latest schedule of classes and Mr. Universe birthdays.
Snap Fitness members have 24/7 access to the gym's wealth of cardio and strength-training equipment. Each of Snap Fitness's well-kept gyms allow members to use personal keycards to access training rooms during daylight, moonlight, or cloudy, mysterious hours. A bevy of workout machines, free weights, and philosophically constrained enclosementist weights, help keep waiting to a minimum. As an added perk, participants get a 60-minute personal-training session, in which trainers measure a member's strength, flexibility, and endurance in order to draft a custom workout plan. Trainers will also help members become familiar with each piece of equipment's functionality and taste in music.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The Lotus Room fosters a creative family atmosphere with inventive children's classes taught by energetic instructors and a spacious, naturally lit studio for private parties. Toddlers (ages 3–6) can frolic, pose, and sing pitch-perfect odes to bendiness in Kids Yoga Strong, which whimsically integrates storytelling, song, and games to increase flexibility and awareness. Instructors in the After School classes geared for older kids (ages 8–12) boost self-confidence by supportively encouraging young yogis to express their creativity through music, dance, and acrobatics, increasing body awareness more effectively than a life-sized holographic likeness. The Lotus Room caps all classes at 20 students to ensure individualized instruction and an accepting environment for meaningful conversations about existentialism.
Yogani offers a variety of class styles for all experience levels and busy schedules, with classes starting as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m. Yogani’s experienced and impassioned instructors teach well-known yoga techniques such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa, along with less-traveled roads toward enlightenment such as lyengar and Bikram. There are also on-the-go classes such as yoga lunch hour and hybrid classes such as power yoga and Shakti flow, as well as specialized classes for children, seniors, and pre- and postnatal women. Check out Yogani’s full schedule to plan your seven days of splendid shaping.
There’s a no-nonsense intensity to the fitness approach at CrossFit Jaguar's gym—its mission statement declares that “routine is the enemy” and demands you to “release your inner beast.” To achieve these goals, the certified CrossFit trainers unleash their students to tackle various machines and workouts that work to transform health, appearance, and resolve.
No two workouts will ever be the same: in one session, you might find yourself on the tug-of-war ropes, obstacle courses, and the occasional piggyback ride. Olympic sports such as weightlifting and track and field inspire many of the exercises, from barbell squats to sprinting while jumping hurdles. Beginners can master CrossFit basics during small-group Foundations courses, which can teach you more about presses and cleans than a professor of laundry studies.
Along the way, the coaches aim to help you find success in your career and family life as well as in workouts. They often hold nutrition consultations and personal-training sessions to teach strategies for setting goals and managing your time.
At Shapes Total Fitness for Women, the instructors strive to make working out as easy and fun as possible. That's why—in addition to providing access to free weights and cardio machines—they host more than 67 group training sessions per week, with options ranging from yoga to indoor cycling. That way, clients can get in shape using whatever means work best for them. Some of the eclectic classes have zero impact on joints, too—specifically the ones in the on-site pool. These include 45-minute water cardio classes and versatile aqua aerobics sessions, which are ideal for athletes with arthritis and other special needs. The most completely flexible workouts at the gym, however, are the personal training sessions. The one-on-one workouts are designed purely around the client's goals, whether she wants to lose weight or grow strong enough to carry her favorite dumbbell home with her.
For the yoga classes, Jai Dee isn't interested in classifying people as beginner or advanced, but instead welcomes any interested parties to all sessions. True beginners won't have to feel like they don't know what they're getting themselves into, though: their schedule includes in-depth descriptions of all the classes, each of which is also rated by sweat level. The classes range from the gentler Relax and Revive to the more intense hold-focused Strength and Balance, with varying levels of intensity in between. For an added element of fun, Jai Dee also hosts specialty classes that include Zodiac Yoga, which is inspired by the week's astrological trends. The sessions might focus on combating stress one week and toning bods to meet a mysterious, attractive stranger the next.
At 4 a.m., few people are awake, and the roads are quiet except for the purr of the occasional insomniac car. It can be hard to get work done or even find anything that’s open, but light still spills from the door of Anytime Fitness, even on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Members have access to the workout facilities at any hour of the day, any day of the year, so they can bench-press free weights before dawn or ride an elliptical after giving their broken home stairmaster a proper midnight burial. Though club amenities vary by location—there are thousands of Anytime Fitness franchises throughout the world—most gyms offer a wide variety of workout wares and resources, including cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and personal trainers. In addition, most locations offer 24-hour tanning beds, letting guests soak in rays by night.