Since 1979, the staff of Lehigh Valley Racquet and Fitness Clubs has made it their mission to obliterate any barriers keeping their members from working out. Each club is open 24 hours a day year-round, with free childcare available during specific times of day. That commitment to availability helps even the busiest people find time to hop on Hammer Strength and Cybex strength-training circuits, StairMasters, and other equipment. Group fitness classes get students sweating as they execute punches in Turbo Kick cardio-kickboxing sessions or dance to Zumba's Latin-inspired workouts. Full-body boot-camp workouts are also available, mixing in calisthenics, strength training, and agility drills to continuously challenge bodies. All of the clubs? personal trainers hold bachelor's degrees in health-related fields or have national certifications from accredited organizations.
After their workouts, members can unwind in the whirlpool, sauna, or steam rooms, then drop off their free rental towels for cleaning. For sports lovers, the Allentown location also boasts basketball, volleyball, squash, and badminton courts, as well as 11 outdoor and 8 indoor tennis courts.
Easton Yoga's staff invites yogis of all bendabilities to explore the challenging and rewarding practice of yoga in a colorful and calming studio housed in a remodeled 19th-century townhouse. An unlimited punch card grants muscle manipulators access to 24 open yoga classes per week, which can help improve circulation, alleviate stress, and grant the flexibility necessary to doff one's cap using a pinky toe. A beginner basics class lays a solid foundation for budding yogis, and flow classes encourage students to explore new postures and bolster strength. Classes run 75–90 minutes in length, and students are encouraged to bring their own mat, although studio mats are available for rental ($2).
Founded by Pilates master Susan Fox, The Core Center is a 4,500-square-foot facility featuring a large space for group classes and two areas for equipment classes. Along with select members of her staff, Fox holds a license in Fletcher Pilates, a variation of the original Pilates method that emphasizes movements that emerge organically throughout the routine. The center also plays host to Zumba, Yamuna, and dance classes, all of which welcome students with two left feet as long as they bring their own pairs of left shoes.
Sweat Like a Girl challenges women to achieve their physical potential with its out-of-the-ordinary classes, including pole fitness, dumbbell diva, and fight club, which combines martial arts training with a strenuous workout. In addition to these regular classes, adventure runs get women out in nature, conquering obstacles and climbing through the mud to race in support of their team.