City Fitness gets bodies into superlative shape with 7,000 square feet of fully equipped facilities staffed by experienced trainers. With the one-month membership, workers-out have unlimited access to the gym, allowing busy fitness junkies to fit muscle-punishing regimens into packed corporate schedules and unpredictable hours working as gopher-whisperers. The gym itself lures deltoids, gluteals, and trapezoids with all manner of resistance and cardio machines, facilitating weight-loss and muscle gain, and ensuring minimal wait times for machines. Boasting more than 100 years of combined fitness experience, the center's personal trainers, including professional body builders, college athletes, and martial-arts experts, assist health-seekers in crafting a regimen tailored to a wide range of individual fitness goals. In addition to workout guidance, the trainers offer adroit advice on nutrition, lifestyle, and appropriate dress for a morning wedding.
The experienced fitness instructors at Sweat Studios lead students through the weight training, cardio, yoga and core work that makes up the studio's signature group fitness classes and personal training sessions. Each class style targets a different area of concern; BodyStep classes boost heart rates with height-adjustable step exercises, and BodyFlow classes fuse yoga, tai chi, and Pilates to leave participants feeling both flexible and calm, traits which prepare them for future attempts to land a burning helicopter on top of a skyscraper.
The word yoga finds its origins in the Sankskrit word "yuj," meaning to yolk or bring together. That philosophy drives the practitioners at Three in One Yoga, who take the name of their business from their desire to unite mind, body, and spirit. To do so, they take a broad view of yogic traditions, combining the modern amenity of heated room with the older tradition of vinyasa yoga. While combining breath and movement to flow through postures, they group meditates on a particular subject, sometimes secularly chosen from yogic philosophy, or sometimes embodied by a passage of biblical scripture shared at the beginning of class.
Director Michael Jasecki, a champion dancer from Poland, leads a team of professional instructors who teach a host of dance styles. Classes at Bradenton Dance Center, which has been open since 1994, range from waltz, salsa, and swing sessions to lessons focused on romantic couples' dances.
Florida's Gulf Coast is one of the last places one expects to see an igloo. Nevertheless, drivers on I-75 will spot a dome worthy of the Arctic rising as they approach Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, a 115,000-square-foot facility that houses two NHL-size ice rinks. Visitors coast across the well-maintained surface during public-skating hours, while classes in figure skating and hockey skating teach ice-slicing fundamentals to students unaccustomed to getting out of their dogsled and moving on their own. In addition to ice rinks, the sprawling space contains a 13,500-square-foot indoor soccer-and-football field, a fitness center, a video game room, and space for birthday parties.:m]]
Doing the same exercise routine over and over again bores the mind as much as it does the muscles. Mental fatigue sets in, and worse, the body becomes accustomed to the regimen and progress wanes. The instructors at BestFit Fitness know the body needs variety to grow faster and stronger, which is why they developed their BestFit system. The instructors send shockwaves through bored muscles with 50 weeks of different full-body workouts. Though each week's 30- to 45-minute routine hones endurance, strength, power, and core fitness, they are never identical. One week, patrons might take on invisible opponents with kickboxing strikes, and the next, they might heave kettlebells until they reveal their darkest secrets.
The signature regime welcomes all levels of fitness, as do their alternative classes such as CrossFit, a dynamic patchwork of high-intensity conditioning techniques. In TRX suspension training, patrons face off against their own body weight as they perform exercises while dangling from resistance bands.