Burlington Fitness & Racquet Club earned the Burlington Post's 2011 Readers' Choice Award for Best Fitness Club by challenging exercisers with trainer-guided workouts or solo sweat sessions inside a 70,000-square-foot facility. Racquets propel balls year-round at indoor squash and tennis courts, where certified instructors improve fledgling players' backhands and prepare athletes for humanity's imminent war with pitching machines. Licensed personal trainers help fitness seekers navigate rows of cardio and weight equipment, and energetic instructors lead classes such as yoga and boot camp—a high-intensity combination of tae bo and power drills. Welcoming staff slings healthy snacks at an on-site café, where occasional events such as cooking classes and muscle-trading parties entertain club members.
The instructors at Orange Lotus Yoga and Wellness includes yoga and Zumba instructors, a reiki master, and Pilates instructors. They dispense their skills inside an airy studio with booty-shaking Zumba moves set to international tunes and private and group yoga classes. The yogis also travel to kids’ birthday parties, senior centers, and adult parties for relaxing yoga sessions or lead them in-studio.
At Serenity Valley, skilled instructors design golf-geared workouts to help budding golfers bulk up their bodies and bolster their technique. Club-wielding Groupon customers can utilize the PGA Tour golf simulator for one hour, whose camera system records each swing and hole-in-one victory cartwheel. Instructors then play back the video frame by frame to analyze golfers' techniques and discuss areas for improvement. Simulator sessions also include a full-body assessment, during which each student's posture, strength, and flexibility are measured and recorded on needlepoint pillows. After the analysis, students delve into a personalized workout that incorporates Pilates, stretching, and strength-based exercises to build core strength. The workout targets muscles used during golf games, helping golfers master a swing as smooth and powerful as a slow dance with a tub of margarine.
Just4MiE's studio is instantly calming. Guests can relax in the pale-pink dressing room and plush lounge chairs before migrating to the dimly lit pole-fitness studio, where expert instructors teach Pole-ah-Tease classes. The absence of mirrors is disarming for those used to a traditional fitness class, but these classes are anything but traditional. In six-week sessions, the pole-fitness classes first teach students the foundation of swinging around poles and building the strength to lift themselves off the ground. Following sessions focus on tricks such as pole tango and sensual chair dances.
The trainers at Hi End Fitness are proud of the fact that their 5,000-square-foot gym is dwarfed by larger franchise gyms. That's because the Hi End training philosophy emphasizes pure workouts using kettlebells, free weights, TRX suspension straps, and other equipment that emphasize functional movements. Hi End's intimate space boasts plenty of room for boot-camp, kickboxing, and small-group training sessions, as well as Lifespan treadmills and Vision Fitness spin bikes to loosen up muscles before or after workouts.
In a hot room covered in Himalayan salt, yoga practitioners strike poses and breathe deep, feeling suddenly as if they have been transported to a waterfall or a mountain top after a rainstorm. Rebirth Yoga studio added Himalayan salt to their hot yoga room because numerous fans credit the coral-hued crystals with releasing negative ions, the same ions that make the air feel so crisp after a rainstorm. Himalayan salt’s negative ions help purify the air and bring it into optimal iconic balance, which is said to restore health and wellness to those who spend time in the salt’s presence. Infrared heat warms the salt room, allowing muscles to relax and become more flexible, as friendly, experienced instructors guide practitioners into each twist and pose. Other classes include room-temperature fitness sessions such as Pilates, dumbbell-assisted yoga, Zumba, and bootcamp.
The studio also offers specialty services focused on childbirth, such as prenatal and childbirth classes, doula services, and fertility yoga. And in addition to leading sessions, instructors train students to become yoga instructors, Yoga Birth Method practitioners, and even doulas themselves.