When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first Athletic Club in Buffalo in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders’ original vision, each of the Rochester locations' employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities that range of up to 30,000 square feet.
In addition to personal training, instructors lead more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, yoga, and Zumba—offered each week across their five locations. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool. Three of the RAC locations are for women only, allowing them to workout uninhibited by the company of men or asexual mermaids.
The treatments offered at Inner Health & Wellness are aimed at slimming the physique and dropping excess pounds. Infrared-sauna sessions and full-body wraps banish the toxins associated with cellulite, and noninvasive Lipo-Light treatments take aim at subcutaneous fat deposits at the cellular level. Weight-loss programs incorporate data gathered during biometric testing to address individualized issues such as hormone imbalances and drained batteries. Technicians discuss these findings during one-on-one consultations, shedding light on lifestyle habits and advising clients on healthful changes.
Certified and experienced personal trainer Joe Rich of Nutrition Concepts stimulates fat-destroying motivation through customized workout regimens and supportive guidance. Participants may bask in four 30-minute private sessions designed to articulate proper weight-lifting fundamentals or they can focus on shrinking their belt sizes from Saturn's ring to Pluto's claim as a planet. Personal trainers ask clients their goals and desires before constructing a challenging workout routine that emphasizes their abilities. In the comfort of the private, clean facility, clients storm the castle walls of their body, trimming exteriors, sculpting muscles, and building enough endurance to outlast the network syndication of MAS*H.
Strive 4 Strength is designed to emulate the comfort of at-home workouts with toiletries, a steam room, towels, and no daunting crowds. In the boutique, the staff responsible for personal training and fitness classes works to set every visitor at ease. Drumrolls of feet on the floor drift from boot-camp classes, which get hearts thundering with squats, shoulder presses, and jumping jacks. Vinyasa yoga, on the other hand, teaches slow, breath-paired postures designed to bolster flexibility and relaxation. In cardio rooms, iPod-compatible treadmills and elliptical units whirr, tracking speed, distance, and how many lyrics to ?Eye of the Tiger? you know. Expresso bikes pit exercisers against online opponents, and free weights build dense knots of muscle with a clattering din.
Patrons looking to tone physiques can spend 30 minutes aboard a vibrating Power Plate exercise machine at SureSlim, an international weight-loss and wellness organization. During each half-hour session, a user stands on the machine's vibrating plate, performing a series of exercises at 30- to 60-second intervals. Each exercise is designed to work muscle groups through vibration, giving sinews a tune-up and converting concealed carbonated beverages into volatile powder kegs. Designed to provide the benefits of a trip to the gym in a few minutes, the device can increase muscle strength and assist in weight loss. A trainer leads visitors through the first session atop SureSlim's late-model Power Plate, with ensuing sessions performed solo. SureSlim's helpful and encouraging staff members stand by to answer questions, offer assistance, or solve algebraic proofs as needed.