SpinCycle's intense cardio workouts will keep your legs driving, your heart pumping, and your upper body and core engaged. But it's the studio's instructors that'll keep you coming back for more. On SpinCycle's website, each instructor posts a motivational saying. From Debbie's encouraging words, "Once you get on a bike, no matter how slow you go, you are still ahead of everyone on the couch," to Andi's advice to "Leave it all on the bike," instructors bring their positivity and encouragement to each 45- to 60-minute session. Students can choose from intense SpinCycle Express classes that offer a sweat-inducing workout in just 45 minutes or all-levels SpinCycle 1 and 2 classes. The studio also offers SpinCycle Meditation, a candlelit mind-body spirit class that takes you through a guided journey of imagery meditation set to the backdrop of mystical music.
Though this serene studio was named after Pilates, it was actually parented by Pilates' neighbor, yoga. During yoga classes, which are small, intimate affairs, Pilates of Carmel’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors guide beginners through the basics of each plank, downward dog, and upward orangutan while helping experienced yogis strengthen their stretches and reach leveler levels of mind-body alignment. The accredited massage therapists at Pilates of Carmel can knead relief into your muscles with soothing Swedish strokes. Your indulgent 30-minute session will take your consciousness to a blissfully whited-out plane where your mind can bob up and down like a Q-tip buoy in a sea of cotton balls. Once your mind flutters back down into your corpus, you can apply your newly accumulated mental powers to help you complete such physical activities as opening stubborn pickle jars, practicing more yoga, and chasing ostriches.
The certified instructors at Revel Fitness love teaching Zumba classes. They love it so much, in fact, that Revel Fitness is a nearly all-Zumba studio, offering easy-to-learn dance steps and exciting Latin rhythms in classes such as Zumba Toning, Hips and Abs, and Zumba Gold. Come in to burn calories and gain strength while dancing away a workout, and socialize with other students in these laid-back fitness sessions.
It’s hard to imagine a trainer more dedicated to fitness than Josh Kuklak, the owner of Survival Fitness Gym. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Josh holds state records in powerlifting on the bench-press and deadlift platforms, and has also competed in hockey, tennis, karate, and weight training. Along with Diana Fisbeck, also an ACE-certified trainer, he leads boot camp-style workouts that call upon muscle confusion—through constantly varied routines—to promote building strength and melting fat.
Their boot camps fuse cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics into workouts that change every day to prevent workout burnout. Leaving treadmills and weight machines behind, the sessions incorporate a slew of nontraditional fitness equipment. Students might flip oversize tires and hang from gymnastics rings one day, and then heave sledgehammers and box heavy bags until they cry uncle the next. Their basic-training class focuses on core work and endurance, and strength training blends elements of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and functional training to pack on muscle and annihilate fat. The fitness duo also leads personal-training sessions, motivating clients to reach their goals and harmonizing with them during workout songs.
The United States Pilates Association–qualified posture-improvers at Core Sport mold bodies with routines that bolster core strength and extend flexibility. Personal trainers meld heart-pumping cardio and strength training with balancing poses and flexibility maneuvers that are custom-formulated to each individual client. Pilates equipment classes center around devices such as the tower, which harnesses the power of spring resistance to give muscles the beauty and resilience of a fully-compressed pogo stick. A potent arsenal of Gratz apparatuses, free weights, resistance bands, and medicine balls facilitate a stretchy, bouncy fitness regimen. Seasoned Pilates instructors lead gaggles of Pilates practitioners in one-hour group classes scheduled daily, such as the floor-based Pilates mat class and a boot camp class that aims to fortify cardiovascular endurance. Core-strength Pilates training develops the body as a whole rather than a collection of parts and zones, so clients don't run the risk of an odd number of abs.
The toughest part about working out isn't loading a beached whale onto your back before a breakneck swim; it's finding the motivation to strap on the mammal and go. A start-up consultation with Fitness by Design's knowledgeable personal trainers ($60 value) will get you jazzed about the work ahead and determine your fitness abilities and goals. Cracking open calorie-free fortune cookies of workout wisdom, the able-bodied body shapers at Fitness By Design will show you how 20–30 minutes of slow, concentrated muscle exercises 2–3 times a week can generate superior physical health.
The research staff at 7E—a medical-aesthetic company that prides itself on skincare innovations—designs noninvasive treatments that combat the effects of aging and bolster all-over wellness. Once staff members have perfected a solution, they share the fruits of their labors with clients at 7E Fit Spa. One of these many fruits is the Torc Plus, an FDA-approved body-contouring machine that works to deplete inches and bulk up muscles in bodies through electrical stimulation. The spa’s noninvasive face-lifts tighten visages while evening out skin tone, reducing puffiness, and increasing circulation, and saunas detoxify the body and relax clients with infrared heat shoplifted from the equator.