Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates with INSANITY routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Jennifer Calvo, the zen master behind The Zen Den, works as a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher. She is well-versed in a variety of massage modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, Thai, bamboo, and myofascial release. Alternately, yogi Nisha Whitfield owns and operates The Zen Den's sister business, Bristol CT Yoga. Nisha has completed 500 hours of registered yoga teacher training through Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, also known as Ishta Yoga. She studied at the distinguished American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City before launching her own yoga practice, which has attracted a client base that includes celebrities, athletes, and artists.
The well-being enthusiasts behind The Fitness Center for Women know the names of all their members. That’s because creating a community based around health and meaningful relationships is the guiding principle behind the center. To that end, they have brought together group fitness classes such as power yoga, kickboxing, and cycling, six-week personal-training sessions, massage therapy, and nutrition counseling in order to holistically heal all aspects of the body and mind.