Though Boca Gym's array of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines commands an impressive 1,000 square feet of space, the gym's staff is anything but robotic. The certified personal trainers and instructors strive to call everyone by name, whether they are assisting with deadlifts or running a kickboxing class—one of more than 40 group fitness classes scheduled per week. Their bright attitude complements the light that streams through floor-to-ceiling windows, and the neon-pink glow of the studio's walls.
The staff welcomes guests of every age and background to explore the facility, which includes a childcare area, tanning, and a juice bar. Instead of volunteering to climb and light the town's lampposts, members who wish to work out at night can swipe their 24-hour access card at the door.
Waggling two thick ropes tied to the wall. Kicking a punching bag. Stationary biking. The Institute of Human Performance’s circuit-training classes incorporate all these moves into a single workout, along with medicine-ball maneuvers, jump roping, hopscotch-like agility drills, and lively music that keeps the blood flowing. Voted the best core gym in the country by Men’s Health, the institute has also been honored by Glamour and Self for its hybrid-style classes, which incorporate elements of popular exercise styles such as Pilates and spinning. CEO Juan Carlos Santana and his team of certified trainers helm each class at the 7,200-square-foot facility, where indoor and outdoor workout spaces let patrons lift overcast skies by hand. The gym serves as a beta-testing site for fitness manufacturers, which means it has a fleet of cutting-edge, constantly updated machines.
Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes will work your body in ways it's never been worked before by balancing the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing stretching of stretching. Each 55 to 60-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through the perfect blend of the ballet barre, weight training, and limber Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs while burning fat efficiently and blocking out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon overtake us on the food chain.
Mold muscles and shed calories inside Fitness Now's newly renovated gym with free-weights, machines, and a vast array of fitness classes. Personal trainers administer a fitness evaluation to help jumpstart each member's relationship with the gym. In addition to unrestricted use of resistance machines, treadmills, stationary bikes, and stationary soccer balls, members can take advantage of a wide variety of aerobics classes on the schedule, which change periodically and are subject to availability. Body shapers can participate in yoga classes, which focus on breathing, balance, and flexibility, or try cardio classes such as Spinning, Move and Groove, and Pain, Sweat, and Tears, which blends energetic cardio exercise with light weight intervals, body bars, and BOSU balls. The clean, newly renovated gym offers ample space to manicure muscles and has a full-service juice bar with healthy refreshments available for purchase. Childcare services are available for an additional fee. New members are also given a free 15-minute massage from the in-house massage therapist/chiropractor, who will expertly remove knots from your muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands.
Talin Lyman's delicate brushstrokes cover the walls of a former U.S. vice president's winter home, frescoes within InterContinental hotels in Tuscany and Rome, and furniture that adorns Martha Stewart's own abode. From canvases to murals to throws of pillows designed for people and pets, the virtuosic painter daubs blank spaces with flora and fauna inspired by her childhood spent traveling to far-flung countries with her missionary father. Lyman also throws open the doors of her studio for an array of classes geared toward adults—such as Painting to the Oldies—and children, where she intersperses hands-on activities with lessons about great moments in art history, such as the day Georges Seurat invented the polka dot.
Focusing on intense, personalized exercise regimens, 'W'arehouse's team of certified health professionals tailors programs to suit a wide range of fitness ambitions. Upon joining, members are given an evaluation, gauging muscular endurance, body fat, flexibility, and the ability to whistle "Chariots of Fire." A customized regimen of weight training, cardio training, and fitness classes is then bestowed upon the fitness neophyte and carried through in a variety of small-group sessions–usually involving five people or fewer–held throughout the week.