In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
At Beyond Limits, the staff and students alike unite under a common love for movement, whether it takes the form of lively dance steps or energetic exercises. In fitness centers and schools throughout the local area, the passionate instructors lead students through Zumba and boot-camp workouts designed to build strength, enhance energy, and slim waistlines. The experienced coaches also captain a dance company that performs at concerts, community events, and fundraisers.
To supplement their clients’ workouts, instructors dole out nutritional guidance, emphasizing wholesome habits over unhealthy weight-loss tactics such as crash dieting or dumping the contents of your fridge into the city’s water reservoir.
No Excuse Workout is a full-service health and fitness club that provides a motivating and friendly gym atmosphere, as well as up-to-date equipment and classes. At this functional space, gym-goers can run on treadmills, climb up Stair Masters, and lift free weights before punching away stress at the onsite boxing ring. Five personal trainers help clients get customized and tangible results, and there's plenty of free group classes taught in the studio. The teachers help students dance away calories in upbeat Zumba classes, or try circuit training or yoga—there's even a belly dancing class. The gym further demonstrates its ability to accommodate diverse guests with a relaxing onsite sauna, plenty of resistance-training equipment and tanning beds, and a pro shop. Here, patrons can buy exercise equipment and nutritional supplements—which, if bought in large enough quantities, can be lifted just like dumbbells for strength training.
Students should bring: Towel, bottled water
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Pro Tip: Please don't wear lotion, oils, jeans, or stretch pants. Stretch shorts and T-shirts are recommended
The personal trainers at Flair Health & Fitness are passionate about helping their clients transform their bodies, and most importantly, their health. Using a common-sense approach to fitness and nutrition, they lead clients through workouts that help tone muscles and diminish fat. Along with one-on-one training, the studio also offers small group classes that incorporate fun, challenging workouts.
After meeting the physical demands of army training and working for two decades in the fitness industry, president of Custom Fitness Concepts Tom Kalka channeled his health and fitness savvy into CFC's training programs. His expert team of personal trainers visits homes and corporate offices to lead patrons in custom workout routines. Furthering fat-burning efforts, educational seminars on conditioning, nutrition, and orchestrating funerals for annihilated calories prime attendees for a salubrious lifestyle shift. CFC instructors also chisel away unwanted fat with a boot-camp series, whose ever-shifting medley of calisthenics and strength training was deemed the country's second-best boot camp in 2008 by Exercise TV.