When lifelong dancer Mary Rose Field discovered Zumba, she was an immediate convert. After earning her Zumba certification, she founded Studio Z Fitness and spread the fitness craze at a zealous pace, outgrowing her first studio in only two months. Today, she oversees two studios—Studio Z Fitness and Studio Z Fitness II—and grants members unfettered access to both locations.
On a daily basis, Mary and the studio's teaching team guide students through various types of Zumba workouts. Although sessions vary by style and instructor, they all involve fun, easy-to-follow dance moves set to the rhythm of Latin-inspired music. For two years running, Studio Z Fitness has topped the New Haven Readers' Poll as the best place to take Zumba and the worst place to build a house of cards.
At Connecticut Cycle Center, indoor spinning classes or triathlon training with coach Kelli Montgomery beckon students to wheel in their own bikes and affix them to cycling apparatuses. Both classes and training sessions emulate outdoor adventures thanks to ErgVideo and CompuTrainer systems, which mimic famous routes on TV screens. Virtual Tour de France inclines or Spanish plains challenge cyclists to push their endurance to the brink as they mingle with peers. Classes, like the art of hanging out in an operating laundry machine, range from beginner base spins to high-power interval training. Feedback after each session charts your ascent to fitness. High-quality Apex bikes are available for rental and can be taken to nearby roads for an alfresco adventure.
Cliff Morton uses his years of experience to lead guests of all fitness levels through a variety of services. He customizes one-on-one training sessions to help guests reach their fitness goals, as well as offering group fitness classes that use full-body functional training to activate all muscles. He also challenges guests with obstacle course training.
This fort of fitness caters to workout-a-holics and common folks alike with a wide spectrum of physique-sculpting classes designed to calibrate cardiovascular systems and mold muscle. Develop strength and self-confidence in the cardio-kickboxing classes, or mindfully stretch sinew in Ishta yoga to prepare for a 24-hour charades marathon. Alternately, dance-infused Zumba allows students to cut calories while cutting a rug to Latin beats. For students seeking an athletic total-body workout, New Haven Strength & Fitness provides the popular Les Mills Bodyattack and Bodypump classes, which combine sport exercises with pumping music and dynamic instructors. Most classes are of the drop-in variety unless otherwise noted in the course description or on the online schedule.
The recently relocated Breathing Room strives to create a yogic community by curating a selection of Vinyasa-based classes for students of all skill levels. Led by a dedicated staff of instructors that includes a massage therapist and a former gymnast, Mixed-Level Vinyasa sessions loosely adhere to a defined sequence of postures, each connected to the next by dynamic transitions. Attentive instructors help pupils tailor the class's difficulty by modifying too-hard poses or adding deeper stretches and 100-yard dashes. Iyengar-Inspired Vinyasa classes emphasize students' postural alignment, alternating between sustained stretches and sporadic bursts of flowing, breath-based sequences. Jazz Flow Vinyasa keeps fingers snapping by playing smooth, melodic music over the practice space's speakers. In addition, Breathing Room accommodates attendees with onsite shower facilities and complimentary yoga mats, props, and blankets for students who can recite the Bill of Rights in Esperanto.
New Haven Fitness packs state-of-the-art cardio and resistance-training equipment, certified personal trainers, and a jellybean jar of heart-pumping classes within its window-lined walls. Love handles melt away on the Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical machines, and stationary bikes, while muscles mushroom under the direction of Hammer Strength free weights. Personal trainers sculpt unmotivated contractile tissues into apt pupils with exercises customized for body types, fitness levels, and favorite Smurfs. Morph ungainly thighs into shapely stems with the gym's kaleidoscope of fitness classes, including calorie-zapping Zumba, stress-relieving yoga, muscle-lengthening Pilates, and aggression-channeling kickboxing.