Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
The smooth roll of considered exhalations drifts up toward a high ceiling and into the garden waiting room at Yoga Flow. Though instructors there draw upon more than 25 years in business while leading classes, the floating bamboo floor and other improvements in the 25,000-square-foot center are the product of a recent renovation. Seven days a week, teachers lead yogis of all levels through classes that blend breathing exercises and hatha yoga poses. Yoga pupils settle into guided meditation, and Zumba courses let pulsing rhythms drive quick footwork beneath ebony pictographs on bamboo screens.
The team at South Street Yoga and Nutrition believes everyone can benefit from yoga practice. Which is why they've worked hard to create a welcoming, non-judgmental learning environment where students of all skill levels can come to further their practice at their own pace. Dedicated instructors teach classes rooted in the vinyasa style?introductory-level sessions help beginners build a foundation for practice, while more advanced lessons challenge experienced students with faster-paced asana sequences that can feature inversions, deep back bends, and other physically demanding postures.
Doug Petschow founded Strength and Fitness Club as a complete haven of healthy living. The 19,000-quare-foot club does the basics right?each piece of equipment on the cardio platform features USB ports for charging an iPod or cell phone, cooling fans, and a flat-screen high-definition TV on which exercisers can catch their favorite shows or watch their kids playing in the Mini Muscles Daycare through a special channel. Lock-and-load selectorized equipment eliminates the need for pins, and a nine-piece circuit training area guides members through a full-body workout in half an hour. The staff stocks the free-weight area with dumbbells, plates, Hammer Strength equipment, and power racks, and there's also a separate, padded ab area set up with BOSU balls, mats, and other equipment. Four fitness studios host boot camps, yoga, spin, and other classes on the bustling group-class schedule, including mixed martial arts in a dedicated space. Meanwhile, personal trainers help members home in on specific goals, such as toning their muscles or lifting their entire teddy-bear collection into bed at once.
But Petschow didn't stop there. He set up a juice bar where members could wash down turkey burgers with protein shakes after a hard workout. To help members look and feel even more fabulous, he set up a massage studio and tanning beds onsite. The staff keeps the locker rooms and neatly tiled showers sparkling, cleaning them twice a day.
Fit for Life Fitness Center presents visitors with three levels of exercise options. The ground floor is home to free weights and strength equipment, while the second and third floors host Life Fitness cardio machines, including ellipticals, treadmills, steppers, and bikes, which can be used alone or with the help of a personal trainer.
There's also the mirror-walled class studio, where students work off calories with festive Zumba routines and the boxing drills of Punchout. Several classes focus on the core, from Pilates to Awesome Abs, whereas others, such as Total Body Conditioning, incorporate a full-body workout to address all major muscle groups. The class curriculum is diverse enough to accommodate two boot camps, "Rugged" and "Kick Start." Rugged improves functional strength with varied weight exercises, and Kick Start combines those intervals with the fast-paced jabs, kicks, and angry cabaret lines of kickboxing. Other amenities—a protein shake bar and a supervised childcare room—add convenience to workout sessions.
Sweat removes toxins from the body. Fevers burn away unwelcome invaders. Heat allows muscles to extend and contract further. Heat can be healthy, a lesson Bikram Choudhury embraced when he moved his yogic practice into a 105-degree room, 2 degrees hotter than the average temperature inside a yak. The idea caught on, spreading around the world and eventually coming to Bikram Yoga Westfield in the form of Bikram-certified teachers. They lead Bikram's classic series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises, a 90-minute session of stretching in which each pose builds upon the benefits of the last. In addition to their signature heated yoga, the staff members also facilitate wellness with massage services, holistic nutritional counseling, and even CrossFit coaching through their sister organization, CrossFit Westfield.