The supportive, motivational coaching team at CrossFit Westfield leads exercisers into the gritty world of CrossFit, a high-intensity strength and conditioning program used worldwide to train police officers, martial artists, military units, and elite st. bernards. After completing on ramp—a four-session course that teaches newbies CrossFit's nine basic movements—patrons can enlist in regular 45-minute routines, which feature an arsenal of functional movements that mirror everyday actions, such as pulling, pushing, lifting, throwing, and making breakfast.
While it's intense, CrossFit scales to challenge exercisers of all stripes, and Westfield’s instructors can tone down or turn up any workout depending on a person's fitness level. With continued practice, CrossFit participants will see improvement in 10 different fitness categories, including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, coordination, and agility. Classes are held every day except Sunday (click here for the schedule).
There?s a common saying in the fitness world: ?Abs are made in the kitchen.? In other words, exercise alone won?t produce results. You have to eat healthy, too. At The Max Challenge, certified instructors close the gap between exercise and weight-loss goals during comprehensive 10-week challenges. By combining cardio and strength training regimens with nutritional guidance and motivation, The Max Challenge team helps participants burn calories, lose fat, and achieve individual health, fitness, and aesthetic goals.
"We give kids the confidence to protect themselves." These eight words sum up the motto for MartialArtsProgramsforkids.com as well as the mission of their curriculum. At a wealth of locations along the East Coast, youngsters learn confidence, discipline, and respect as they boost skills in a variety of disciplines, including jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. The skills learned in these lessons can also help them defend themselves in the face of bullies and family cats that won't share the remote control.
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.
Though now spread over the United States with 27 locations, Crunch Fitness gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch Fitness's fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Photos of Heads & Tails Yoga chronicle the renovations that made it possible?from its start as an empty space to its development into a bright, spacious studio with a pleasantly minimalist scheme. Students strike poses and fold their mats into giant origami cranes on the light hardwood floor, following an instructor who leads them through classes that include Yoga Flow and Yoga 101. The studio focuses not only on yoga?s fitness benefits but also on connecting students? minds, bodies, and souls through mental and physical exercises including breath work and meditation. Participants with all levels of experience are invited to ?Show up! Sweat! And smile!?