Kettlebells and TRX suspension-training are just a few of the tools the instructors at Pure Energy Fitness use to strengthen and sculpt physiques. Students can focus on building muscles, burning calories and toning muscles in spin classes, or combining cardiovascular exercise with strengthening resistance routines in boot-camp sessions.
Under the guidance of The Body Shop's owner Mike Occhipinti—a professional bodybuilder, certified personal trainer, and performance enhancement specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine—a team of certified trainers whips bodies into tip-top shape. Each 60-minute session embraces an old-school approach to personal training and nutritional planning, as a sweat sensei supervises exercisers in a private studio. The Body Shop tailors workout methods and healthy eating plots to each participant's specific needs and goals, and turns a blind eye toward the plaintive whining of clients' sentient evil twins.
Balanced several feet off the ground inside silky white hammocks, students at Core Connection practically levitate as they tackle challenging yoga poses during the studio’s antigravity yoga classes. Core Connection’s wide-ranging slate of classes helps students connect physical wellness with mental wellness through strength building and a non-competitive environment.
Surrounded by vast windows and gleaming wood floors, the passionate instructors lead sessions such as Bar Sculpt, a core-building class that uses the ballet bar and isometric exercises to create lean muscles. Core Connection also rents out its picturesque space for meetings, photo shoots, and parties that combine exercise with catered meals, massages, and spirited games of Pin the Tail on the Yogi.
A good gym often resembles a forest, with canopies of crossing metal bars, pulleys, and weights. Snap Fitness boasts a few more jungle-like attributes than most, with a stretch of green turf floor ideal for sprinting and dragging exercises. Clients shed sweat throughout the gym, aided by personal trainers who stop by to provide bits of advice or hour-long sessions of one-on-one attention. Once they've learned to use the weight equipment properly, members can head to the cardio theater for and jog or cycle while watching a favorite show.
In her previous life, Danielle Conner was a professional dancer. But while touring extensively around the world, she developed chronic bursitis and tendonitis in both of her shoulders, and had to turn to physical therapy to correct those issues.
During her therapy, Danielle was introduced to various Pilates-based exercises. The practice made such a positive impact that she began practicing Pilates after her therapy ended. Wanting to share the power of Pilates with others, Danielle earned her certification as an instructor, and now serves as the resident Pilates instructor for various Cirque du Soleil shows. She also runs Pilates Design Studio, where she leads both private and group classes.
Graham Fitness trainer and founder Norman Graham took an interest in fitness at age 12, when he was deeply insecure about his skinny frame. Determined to change and strengthen his body, he sought advice from every expert he could access, beginning with his weight-lifting cousins and "everyone who [he] thought had muscular size." Now a muscular, prize-winning lifter, Norman consults with Olympic athletes and powerlifting champions. His own quick progress convinced him that working one-on-one with experts is the best way for people to reach their physical goals, whether they hope to lose weight, build muscle, or grow as tall as their favorite redwood trees. To make personal training accessible, he started Graham Fitness' in-person and online training options, both of which deliver custom fitness and nutrition savvy.
Along with personal-training services, Graham Fitness hosts high-energy group classes such as Zumba, yoga, and pole fitness. Whether clients come for one-on-one sessions or group workouts, the trainers emphasize a positive, supportive environment, celebrating its "biggest losers" on Facebook posts and online.