The certified personal trainers at EPOC Fitness care about one thing: measureable results for all of their clients. Believing that no fitness regimen works for everyone, the trainers at EPOC work to make sure each gym-goer does cardio and strength training appropriate to his or her fitness needs, and the staff offers nutritional counseling and modifications to workouts to make sure clients continue to meet their goals. Members can burn fat and build calories in this intimate gym with a personal trainer, or work up a sweat in one of the small-group boot-camp sessions offered Monday through Friday.
Sports Barn's mammoth and diverse schedule of more than 120 weekly group classes leaves little room for excuses. Nationally certified instructors, including a former triathlete and a six-sigma black belt, teach just about every type of fitness class imaginable—from high-energy kickboxing and dance aerobics to mind-centering yoga and Pilates—for people of any experience level. Students challenge multiple muscle groups in high-intensity, low-impact CRCTBRKR (or Circuit Breaker) classes, which melt calories with strength training and compound-joint exercises. To further direct guests toward their weight-loss goals, an on-staff dietitian and attentive personal trainers devise personalized programs and custom-fitting donut-proof vests.
Among other amenities, the centers boast an indoor pool and two heated outdoor pools. Patrons can relax after their workouts in a hot tub or sauna, or book a soothing massage.
Since opening Nutrition World in 1979, founder Ed Jones has fostered healthy mastication with an expansive inventory of natural, organic, and gluten-free foodstuffs. As shoppers peruse the aisles, nutrition-savvy store clerks stand by to answer inquiries and suggest healthy alternatives to junk food such as chips or notoriously indulgent Cracker Jack prizes. Shelves sport boxes of DeBoles gluten-free pasta ($3.89), and refrigerators eschew lactose with cartons of sunflower, coconut, hemp, and almond milk ($2.99+). Shoppers can scarf down the protein of an OhYeah! chocolate-caramel bar ($2.49) or work on their Popeye impressions by downing Amy's spinach pizza ($7.99).
Owner Heather Simmons Alexander applies her 11 years of certified experience to personally educate students about the fitness-boosting art of Pilates. Designed to strengthen the body and increase flexibility, Pilates consists of a series of strengthening movements and low-impact resistance exercises. During 55-minute individual lessons available Monday–Friday by appointment, students tighten cores while keeping an astute, corrective eye on form. Since Pilates focuses on control and body-weight exercises, impeccable form helps students build muscle and increase their fitness with swifter celerity. Individual lessons are built to bestow individuals with a sturdy foundation of skills before they graduate to one of Heather’s semi-private mat classes, in which they may continue to build balance, flexibility, and strength with up to six others.
Nestled within All About You Day Spa, licensed massage therapist Marilyn Skidmore uses massage oils and gliding strokes to sideline clients' chronic aches. After relaxing with hot stone therapy or deep-tissue bodywork, clients can also solicit the spa's aesthetician Sabrina for a rejuvenating facial.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.