Sand-volleyball courts. Indoor pools. Cycling studios. At Fitness Works Athletic Clubs' four area locations, kids and adults alike caper about a dumbfounding landscape of fitness frills. The instructors lead a wide variety of Les Mills and Zumba group classes designed to work every muscle group. Exercisers can improve their lung capacity during BodyAttack or hone their flexibility during BodyFlow, which draws from yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. Although amenities vary by location, they all include cardio and strength-training equipment, steam and sauna rooms equipped with aromatherapy add-ons, and indoor heated saltwater pools relatively free of saltwater sharks. While adults burn calories, kids can mingle in the Kid Zone, engaging in arts and crafts or educational and fitness activities.
When Ellen Latham developed Orangetheory Fitness, she knew she needed passionate trainers and ample equipment, but her greatest tool would be plain science. Drawing on her background as a degreed physiologist, as well as a personal trainer, TV fitness personality, and exercise columnist, she created a regimen to induce excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC for short.
By blasting different muscle groups with intense intervals of exercise before performing fatigue-level strength training with free-weights, Latham’s system inspires the body to keep consuming calories well after the workout has ended in an effort to help muscles recover. Classes last 60-minutes, with any given interval lasting between 10- and 30-minutes. Students rotate between treadmills, suspension harnesses, free-weights, and rowing machines, which strengthen arms and cores by simulating the sensation of rowing through a river of hot glue.
While most kids his age were building dexterity in the thumbs they used to play arcade machines, future Impact founder Steve Fischkin was building his muscles. At the age of 16, he was a national title-holding body builder. But shortly thereafter, an injury led to a loss of motivation, and Steve gained more than 100 pounds. On the long road back to health and fitness, he had an epiphany: The real goal should be staying fit for life, not relying on fad workouts and diets to lose weight quickly.
The program he developed balances sweat and dedication with lighthearted activities. Steve believes that if people don’t find a way to enjoy working out, they’re going to stop doing it. A typical boot-camp-style workout at his studio balances intense kettlebell swings and core work with agility training that involves foam projectiles from a Nerf gun. In addition to group training, Impact members enjoy private coaching sessions, goal-setting strategies, personalized nutritional guidance, and a personalized message sent back in time from a future president.
Villari's Family Centers aim to bring families together. To do this, the martial-arts studio offers classes for children and adults that take a modern approach to self-defense and fitness. Little ones and parents are also encouraged to bond as they explore and imagine amidst an indoor playground, or refuel at the WiFi-friendly café, which serves up healthy eats, such as rice bowls, skewers, and gourmet soups, seven days a week. The center also offers a variety of classes for both children and adults, including self-defense fitness, arts and crafts, and music.
The instructors at S-Cape Fitness believe that tangible results are the best motivation to keep working out. However, they also understand that falling into a workout rut is a surefire way to revert to bad habits. With those two beliefs in mind, they oversee a roster of ever-changing, functional exercises that keep bodies fit and minds engaged. Their inspirational body challenges, such as the 12-Week Body Challenge, combine personal training, customized meal planning, and small-group training to burn fat and build muscle rapidly. Trainers also schedule a full line-up of group cross-training classes, which pair well-executed kettlebell, medicine ball, and agility workouts with metabolic conditioning. This trio of workout styles targets muscles throughout the body, delivering full-body fitness the healthy and effective way. When they're not working out, clients can receive full-body assessments, learn about nutrition, and enjoy the atmosphere of friendly team cooperation with other like-minded exercisers and their talking parrots.
Though they come from very different backgrounds, the instructors at Joyful Yoga Studio all share one common link: they genuinely love what they do. Inside the 3,000-square-foot studio, they share that collective passion as they lead more than 50 classes per week. Many of those classes are branches of yoga, but the schedule also features Pilates, Zumba, TRX, and an indoor fit camp. With such diversity, newcomers might not know which class suits their needs. But, luckily, exercisers can confide in the studio's staff to help them identify which classes are best for losing weight, which are ideal for gaining strength, and which look most impressive on an online dating profile.
Derek Price, owner of CrossFit Preferred, has a unique understanding of the human body's physical limits. He played professional football for the Detroit Lions and has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University. At CrossFit Preferred, he and his fellow CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches introduce clients to their own limits during daily CrossFit workouts. The workouts, which are designed for everyone from kids to seasoned athletes, consist of quickly performed squats, pull-ups, push-ups, and other functional exercises.