A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
"This is a non-judgment zone. We want to empower women," said Jennifer Hall, the owner of Pole to Pole Fitness, to NJ.com in a 2010 article. Her classes—in such disciplines as pole dancing, belly dancing, and chair dancing—certainly fit the bill. Pole to Pole's workouts are accessible to ladies of any age or athletic ability, requiring nothing more than comfortable workout gear. The classes improve her students' health as well: "You're picking up your body weight. You're working out but you don't feel like you're working out. You're having fun."
There was a time when an understanding of biomechanics, physiology, and nutrition might have made you a doctor, but in modern times, they're the prerequisite studies of a personal trainer. Mike Marchese combines these sciences with eight years of experience to create the core training regimen at MRG Fitness Studio. He and other staff members round out the schedule with group fitness classes, such as yoga and athletic strength and conditioning, a program profiled by silive.com.
The trainers make their home in a modest, mirrored studio, with workout equipment sprouting from every wall, the floor, and even the ceiling. Suspension harnesses and a punching bag dangle into the space, flanked by a classic bench press, racks of free weights, and other, less decipherable pieces of equipment whose purpose is known only to trainers and the workout elves who created them.
At Limitless Fitness Studios, the motto is “live without limits,” but in order to do this, each athlete must follow the Limitless Code. Steeped in support and encouragement, the code includes tenets such as “never compromise form for speed,” “go hard or go home,” and even permits a little swearing as long as clients resolve to never quit. Clients employ the code during daily classes, which range from TRX suspension training and boot camp to Zumba, power yoga, and indoor cycling. Instructors also helm kickboxing classes, kettlebell training, ballet boot camps, and classes that focus specifically on building a strong core.
Led by Jose Aleman, a seasoned ballroom dancer and ACE-certified fitness instructor, Zumba Fusion’s lineup of cardio classes employs a calorie-busting combination of energy, coordination, and sultry dance moves inspired by salsa, samba, and tango. Aleman brings more than 20 years of teaching experience to each session, demonstrating easy-to-follow steps with patience and more grace than a production of Swan Lake performed by actual swans. Designed for exercisers of all levels, Zumba workouts melt calories to dynamic rhythms from around the world, creating a routine that is as fun as it is effective. In addition to raising heart rates, each class tones muscles throughout the body, which can help students run faster, jump higher, and bench-press monster trucks outside of class. And Zumba’s moves also translate to the club dance floor, instilling participants with confidence and a touch of exotic charm.
Sean M. Broderick’s eclectic mix of experiences in the personal-training business echoes his whole-body approach to wellness. Rather than just relying on being an internationally accredited instructor, which he is, he expanded his knowledge by becoming a sports-performance coach, athlete, nutritional consultant, and fitness model. Today, he serves as the head trainer at United Health & Fitness, where he and his colleagues boost the well-being of men, women, and children of all ages and experience levels.
Within the bright-turquoise walls of the fitness center, certified trainers spot students as they strengthen and tone muscles during small-group exercise classes. In doing so, they demonstrate the basic steps of weightlifting in Bodybuilding 101 or help their pupils hasten heart rates with choreographed footwork in kickboxing classes. In addition to group sessions, trainers take pride in customizing workout regimes to suit each individual during one-on-one personal training, which follows the business’s motto that “there is no generic person in this world.”