Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
The Yoga Space's instructors believe that all bodies, despite age and fitness level, can benefit from practicing yoga, inspiring aspiring yogis to bolster their minds and bodies with tranquility and strength. The instructors hold integrated yoga classes in which beginners and advanced students work side by side, bending and stretching into modified poses to suit their abilities. Class styles range from eclectic blends of several modalities to athletic Vinyasa sessions that focus on linking controlled breaths with a series of flowing postures. The studio's practice room fosters peaceful relaxation with calming earth tones and plenty of soft, natural light. An ethereal mural of a tree spans the room with curling branches dotted in blossoms, providing students with a soothing point of focus. The Yoga Space supplies mats for yogis without them, as well as any other necessary props, and students are welcome to bring a blanket to keep warm during extended periods of meditation or to build a blanket fort.
At Expressions Fitness, a certified instructor helps adult students of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels drop weight and have fun with dynamic pole-dancing classes. Each class specializes in a specific subject, such as Pole Fit, which delivers an intense workout; Pole Slim, which focuses on target BMI and body-weight goals; and Pole Tricks, which concentrates on building strength and performing vivid aerial maneuvers. The studio also opens for private and semiprivate parties for all occasions.
Before he was a Zumba instructor, Adam was an adolescent trapped beneath more than 125 extra pounds. Five years ago, he reached his breaking point and turned to diligent exercise and dieting to shed the weight. Today Adam helps others do the same through fun, ever-changing Zumba routines.
Fairview Park Recreation Department at the Gemini Center hosts an impressive array of classes—20 each week. They take advantage of the brand new facility's amenities, holding spinning classes in dedicated cycling rooms or teaching aquatic skills in the aerobic studio. They also hold outdoor classes during summer months, taking advantage of the sunshine and green lawns. "It's great to see members push themselves and have fun while doing it," reports the Center's group-exercise coordinator.
Beyond fitness instruction, they also use the facility to host summer camps, athletic leagues, and families looking for a day at the pool. They even built a second pool, exclusively for leisure, with waterslides, a lazy river, and submerged beauty parlors.
The expert benders of River's Edge guide students of all levels through yoga classes that strengthen wobbly bodies and calm bustling brains six days a week. Rather than starting newbies out with flashy yoga tricks and slick no-hands mat moves, beginner classes help novices learn the basics of breathing and relaxation as they perform postures while standing, sitting, and lying on the floor. Reservations are recommended for the first class. Align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places during moderate classes, or streamline body and breath during the vigorous practice of Vinyasa. Next Step Yoga, which features an increased variety of poses, inches students toward greater muscle power, and gentle Chair Yoga coddles fragile frames with standing or seated poses supported by a steadfast seat back. Most classes span 90 minutes, and students should bring their own mats but can call ahead to reserve a complimentary rental if theirs is taking a personal day.