Certified fitness instructor Lisa Bishop leads the charge at bFIT4Life Ministries Studio, where she helps people achieve their fitness goals. Lisa is certified in Tae Bo, a fitness regimen that combines martial arts and boxing techniques to improve strength, speed, and coordination. To augment workouts, the studio also offers nutritional guidance to help clients decide what to eat and what to leave under the couch cushion.
Lauren “Pinki” Schiavo began her pole career as a student at Poise Dance Studio in 2005, and her spinning skills soon blossomed and earned her an instructor position. When the studio's owner sold the space, Lauren took the helm and injected some sass into the class regimen, renaming her business Flaunt Fitness as an homage to empowered women of all ages and body types. She drew from her training in jazz dance, hip-hop moves, and gymnastics to augment her pole-dance prowess and recruited a squad of professional teachers to lead her schedule's shimmies.
Flaunt Fitness' classes impart pole twirls and calorie-dropping cardio workouts under one roof. The DVD Fitness classes screen popular exercise videos as instructors ensure that guests maintain good form, and private parties spice up dance lessons with champagne and making balloon animals with just your feet. Further slimming figures, the studio sustains a support network for members with monthly encouragement meetings sharing healthful recipes and nutrition products for purchase.
The expert fitness instructors at Sweat Fitness's Philadelphia-area locations help students of all ages and fitness levels track down svelter silhouettes with Precor training equipment and fat-roasting classes—including yoga, Pilates, spinning, Zumba, and kickboxing. Committed to fostering a supportive community for all fit seekers, the trainers devote individual attention to each patron to help them meet their fitness goals. Clients first undergo a body-fat analysis to assess their preworkout fitness level and to help them gauge their progress throughout their journey. During group sweat sessions, patrons can tone their bodies in classes such as Group Power and Power Pump, which blast subdermal meat suits via squats, lunges, and curls. A full aquatics center welcomes guests to dive into relatively narwhal-free waters for swimming lessons, triathlon training, and pool parties.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Towns Sports International's network of fitness loci, welcomes exercisers to a number of equipment-stocked facilities to help attain perspiration-soaked fitness goals at a convenient location. Strength-training gear such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with black holes mold muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Calories simmer and move to cooler climates after sessions on cardio machines ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draw from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, to keep members from jazzercising without a spotter. Each location thanks exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features, such as babysitting, though Passport memberships do not include pool access.
Kalani Fitness’s team of certified instructors leads students through intense CrossFit-inspired classes, emphasizing an inclusive environment that welcomes exercisers of all fitness levels. Its dynamic programs blend explosive CrossFit workouts—used by many police academies, military special-operations units, and the buffest accountants—with a broad spectrum of combat techniques, dance moves, and strength and conditioning exercises. Challenging students to scale climbing ropes and wear out jump ropes, the instructors push students through rigorous workouts such as Cardio Circuit or Hip-Hop Abs. In addition to the group classes, they offer personal-training sessions, helping bodies get fit with one-on-one exercise and nutrition advice.
Whatever spa treatment you're in the mood for—a facial, a hot-stone massage, a body wrap, a waxing, a mani-pedi—it's advisable to budget an entire afternoon for Balance Spa and Fitness. Since the spa offers complimentary access to its lavish amenities, the extra time can be spent simmering in the jacuzzi, taking a leisurely dip in the pristine indoor lap pool, or working up a sweat in the fitness center. When treatment time arrives, the staff leads its robe-clad clients to one of the four private treatment rooms. The specialists favor advanced Naturopathica products made from age-defying ingredients such as soothing aloe, refreshing lavender, and Helen Mirren's DNA.
As a lifelong dancer and fitness enthusiast, Jillian Dreusike always looked for ways to extract elements from her dance training and present them in the context of a total-body fitness class. In 2010, she founded bodyLogic to do just that, mixing ballet-based choreography with barre work and the use of resistance bands to create an original fitness system. On her website she’s quoted as saying, "You only get one body, so be sure you know how to work it the right way." She embraces this philosophy in every class, keeping group sizes to 10 or fewer students in order to provide personal attention for each participant. She ensures that her charges perform each movement in the healthiest way possible, reinforcing the way the body naturally works, to build muscle and endurance—such as keeping the spine straight when standing or keeping the pinky lifted when pretending to drink.