Abby M.—also known as Aerial Abby—spends a lot of time with her feet off the ground. The professional aerial acrobat has studied under Cirque du Soleil performers, not to mention working with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Abby's skills go well beyond the big top, however. She has studied yoga and other fitness disciplines, with a focus on areas such as balance, strength, and creating muscle mass leaner than a fitness magazine printed on deli meat. All of this expertise comes into play during Aerial Abby's workout sessions, which include an aerial fitness class, a hand balancing class, and personal training.
Crossties Yoga's founder, registered practitioner Danna West, leads yogis in their quest to foster physical and spiritual harmony during Anusara-influenced yoga sessions. The studio’s varied schedule of classes offers evening and early-morning lessons to accommodate busy students and Coke cans sick of envying the sleek and curvy physique of their bottled counterparts. Yogis of all levels can kick-start their day with Early Stretch sessions, or choose to ease physical tension and foster holistic serenity with the strengthening asanas of Gentle Journey classes. During more challenging Faithful Flow lessons, pupils vogue through sun salutations and dynamic postures, striving to burn excess calories more effectively than blowtorching a burger-bottom sundae. Crossties Yoga's founder strives to share her Yahweh yoga training in a peaceful atmosphere, wrapping up classes with a meditative savasana postures and asking students to refrain from wearing strong perfumes or yoga plants bedazzled with cloves of garlic.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can benefit from a one-month membership at Anytime Fitness, which equips active bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them robust enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, while schooling workout novices on proper form and equipment use. Anytime Fitness's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses to not get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
Innovative Fitness' certified fitness experts lead groups through a series of focused aerobic and anaerobic movements in boot-camp sessions. Designed for humans of all fitness levels, the one-month program will help students lose 5 to 12 pounds of fat in addition to improving physical well-being, self-confidence, and ability to climb up glass buildings. Innovative Fitness offers one-hour classes in the morning and evening, and the smaller class size ensures personal attention. Aspiring sweat soldiers must bring a mat, water bottle, and 5- to 10-pound weights, depending on fitness level.
CrossFit's boot-camp classes rely on group exercises built around natural human movement to increase the strength, endurance, and flexibility of any fitness fledgling or challenge-seeking muscle man. Workouts are intense and fun, beginning with group stretches and building into a frenzied flurry of conditioning exercises. Like an inverted science-fiction thriller, machines have been replaced by barbells, medicine balls, sledgehammers, and climbing ropes to encourage natural movement and stronger fortress seizing. Aside from whipping your meat suit into finer, firmer form, CrossFit's certified and skilled trainers are also available to offer nutritional guidance, which is included with the purchase of this Groupon.
The first time Jessica Sutterfield meets one of her clients, she always starts with a body-composition assessment. By calculating individuals’ lean-mass-to-fat-mass ratios, she’s able to determine their metabolic rates, and from there, determine the number of calories they should aim to burn each day. Her individualized approach has helped a wide range of clients meet their fitness goals. She helped 64-year-old Mary Jarvis get healthy enough to kick her prescription medications, and with her assistance, engaged couple Damon and Stephanie Herbert lost weight before the cameras recorded their wedding day.
Jessica specializes in small-group training at area gyms, a practice that adds a social element to workouts and costs less than completely private sessions or a low-cal diet of $20 bills. She also hosts sport camps, during which athletes of all ages run body-weight drills and do plyometrics to improve their in-game performances.