Victor CrossFit's workouts are scalable to every age and fitness level. If you can't do a pull-up, no problem. VCF's coaches will cheer you on while you grab a platform and do negative pull-ups starting from the bar. If you can't do negative pull-ups, they'll scale you back to static hangs or body-weight rows using Olympic rings. They're happy to do it, because they know sooner or later, you'll build to a full pull-up. And once you do that, they can teach you advanced variations, such as kipped pull-ups.
The staff helps launch fitness journeys in Victor CrossFit's small-group WOD—Workout of the Day—classes. It begins with the On Ramp program, where coaches teach the proper form of foundational exercises such as Russian-kettlebell swings and Olympic lifts. Once clients have demonstrated adequate preparedness, coaches let them enter the WOD workouts, which change each day and emphasize functional movements to develop all-over conditioning. Throughout every workout, the staff fosters camaraderie and inclusiveness through ongoing support. They also encourage participants to motivate one another and affectionately refer to them as ninjas. VCF's trainers can also support clients beyond the gym by advising them on paleo dieting, which emphasizes nuts and seeds, little starch, and only the freshest brontosaurus eggs.
Students' minds and bodies are equally important at Grounded By Yoga, where a wide variety of classes help strengthen muscles while fostering a peaceful, balanced state of being. Novices and advanced practitioners find comfortable niches in the studio's repertoire, which includes classes and holistic workshops ranging from prenatal yoga to tai chi and meditation classes. Instructors strive to help students develop a well-rounded yoga practice, combining and balancing postures and breathing as well as concentration and meditation.
The expert aestheticians at Exquisite Skincare and Waxing mollycoddle guests from the neck up with facials custom-fit to their skin types and strengthened with Dermalogica tonics and salves. The Dermalogica facial commences with a mapping that analyzes the face’s topography and plots the most direct bus route from the chin to the forehead. A skinsmith then double cleanses and exfoliates the visage, ridding it of stubborn makeup, dirt, and past-their-prime skin cells. Warm steam opens up pores before a gentle extraction, if necessary, whisks away blemish-causing bacteria from the face. The façade refurbishing continues with a customized mask and application of serums, toner, eye cream, and a hydrating moisturizer. A light facial massage concludes the pampering, transporting minds to places of relaxation—like a sandy beach or the inside of Paul Bunyan’s pillow. Exquisite Skincare ensconces visitors in a serene setting decked with lavender paint, glowing chandeliers, and fresh flowers.
Light streams into PUSH Fitness Center’s wide windows, bouncing off the peach-colored walls and illuminating rows of cardio machines and energetic group fitness classes led by expert trainers. These trainers aim to summon discipline and drive within each guest as they lead cardio-centric Les Mills RPM stationary spinning classes and group interval-training sessions, which pair cardio work with strength training for a full-body workout. Alternatively, they can customize exercises to individual needs and goals during personal training sessions. Additionally, PUSH Fitness Center offers a brightly colored, fully supervised KidZone where youngsters can play, make crafts, or mount Homeric recreations of their favorite Mr. Rogers episodes as they're parents pump iron.
The classes at FitClass Studio—which are led by certified trainers—are always an hour, but are never the same. The workouts are designed to mix cardio, strength training, and flexibility with effective techniques from popular modern workouts such as boot camp, kickboxing, plyometrics, Pilates, and yoga. FitClass Studio also has nutritionists that can design diet programs to help clients achieve their results.
Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.