CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
At over 90 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
Muscles blossom beneath the toning rays of Tonned instructor Breelaun Marchai, trainer to Miss America finalists, and Jenny Osoria, the brains behind the boogying JennyO Fitness. Breelaun and Jenny calibrate personal-training and group-boot-camp sessions to specific aims, such as weight loss, rehabilitation after surgery, or training for long-distance relationships. Cardio work, kettlebells, and TRX training carry bodies toward weight-loss goals, and resistance bands and varied weightlifting sequences build up every strip of the musculature. The studio even offers a class for aspiring models to streamline their figures and perfect their front double-biceps poses for the catwalk.
Yoga Fusion Studio gets practitioners limber during heated and non-heated Vinyasa classes. The slow and flowing asanas link motions to deep and controlled breathing exercises in an effort to help students harmonize with the natural rhythm of the body. The teachers come from a wide range of backgrounds—some with decades of professional ballet experience—and the studios refresh the soul with natural lighting and cool, subdued color schemes. In addition to yoga classes, the studio keeps workouts interesting with mat Pilates classes.
Personal trainer Brandon Todd whips bodies into shape via one-on-one, custom sweat sessions. Personal-training sessions are ideal for individuals just starting a consistent, optimized exercise routine, or for those who've reached a plateau in their regular workouts and are looking to take their training to the next tier.