In an era when back-to-basics workouts have rapidly reemerged, Evolution Group Fitness looks to the time of the caveman for inspiration. During its signature Caveman Training class, instructors create routines that blend strength and cardio for a powerful, challenging workout. No two classes unfold the same way, which means muscles never settle into a comfortable homeostasis. The fitness center also offers personal training, sports-specific workouts, and seminars such as self-defense and workplace safety.
Surrounded by cheeky pink carpeting and floor-to-ceiling racks of metallic-colored medicine balls, instructors at Studio K lead 45-minute fitness classes, many of which focus on seniors. With a stone fireplace nested in the corner and mirrors surrounding the walls, cozy classes whip cores into finer fettle during yoga and mat Pilates, and patrons cut a cardio rug during dance-aerobics sessions that include Zumba and Latin Dance. Studio K takes part in the SilverSneakers program, which modifies cardio and strength workouts for seated routines, making it easier for older students and reigning monarchs to participate.
Yoga is universal. In keeping with that notion, Synergize Yoga welcomes any and all students to practice at its studio—beginners, experienced yogis, and expectant mothers all can find a class right for them. Along with energizing flow classes, the instructors lead meditation sessions and Yin yoga.
Koru Fitness, which specializes in Les Mills's suite of classes, calls its approach to fitness "exertainment." They cultivate an energetic, nightclub?style atmosphere with disco, laser, and candle lighting, depending on the mood of the class. Instructors keep the mood light with friendly encouragement and the occasional bit of bawdy humor. And they even hold prize giveaways at the quarterly launch events, in which Les Mills unveils its new releases.
On any given day?whether the gym is being used for BodyCOMBAT's martial arts?inspired cardio, BodyATTACK's agility and body weight strength training, Sh'Bam's dance cardio, or BodyFLOW's calmer blend of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates?you're likely to find a diverse group of people at Koru. Every movement can be adapted to suit newcomers, and the instructors demonstrate all the difficulty levels. (To level up, you can also attend their occasional technique classes.) And a living-room area where kids ages 4 and older can watch movies, read, color, or play means that the studio is especially welcoming to parents.
CrossFit Ursa is owned by a military veteran who aims to foster a sense of community and support with clients. To that end, small group workouts are capped at 10 people, and a personal trainer provides one-on-one attention to help people achieve their individual fitness goals. Workouts combine high-intensity intervals with functional movements that you perform in everyday life, such as holding groceries or trying to pick up a quarter that is glued to the ground.
A forest of 10 stainless-steel, 20-foot-tall poles glimmers beneath the red, green, and blue stage lights of Dollhouse Pole Dance Studio, but the truly captivating sight is the dancers—strong and limber silhouettes that twist, turn, and glide gracefully up and down. Amid the 2,000-square-foot studio’s plum walls and sprung hardwood dance floors, seasoned instructors lead students of all sizes and experience levels through a variety of pole-dancing classes and comprehensive workshops, varying the focus from technique to fitness to flexibility. The studio also hosts parties, where guests sip complimentary champagne in the chic front lounge before enjoying a private pole-dancing lesson. After lessons, partygoers convene in the studio’s changing room, where private stalls and mirrors enable ladies to primp hair, put on makeup, or change into matching banana suits in preparation for a night out.