Momentum Fitness Center embraces guests of all ages, shapes, and sizes, with one stipulation: they must be female. At the women-only gym, the owner—a woman tired of trying and failing with fad diets—and more than 40 female employees foster an atmosphere of encouragement to help other gals get in shape. Like minimalist interior designers, they believe a simple approach yields the best results and incorporate this philosophy into nutritional counseling and women-only fitness classes. The instructors lead almost 100 classes per week with something for all tastes and skill levels, from Intro to Mat Pilates to BodyCombat, a fast-paced sequence of karate, boxing, kung fu, and tai kwon do moves.
The ties of camaraderie also seep into the common workout areas, two of which host cardio and strength equipment. That’s in addition to four studios for classes and group training, a private Pilates Reformer studio, and a sauna. While moms are in class or enjoying a mani-pedi or massage at Breathe Salon, kids gather at the childcare center.
Personal training has been the cornerstone of Max Fitness ever since the gym opened in 1998—a fact that was reinforced when owner Bentz Tozer Jr. was voted Best Personal Trainer by readers of Harrisburg Magazine in 2012. Bentz and his staff mock up blueprints for each client—which include thoughtful touches such as meal plans and online recipes—and pave the fitness way for people who want to build muscle mass, lose weight, or develop sports-specific skills. Supplementing the training, the staff leads fitness classes such as Fit Box, which weaves martial-arts techniques into full-body workouts. For lone wolves and humans who like to work out on their own, the gym also maintains a fleet of strength-training machines, cardio equipment, and free weights.
Dedicated to promoting overall well-being through personal training, nutrition counseling, and stress-management programs, Absolute Wellness Group's staff consists of professionals including fitness instructors and a licensed massage therapist. Clients can swing by one of two locations for fitness boot camps alongside therapeutic services such as reiki, acupuncture, and massages. Absolute Wellness Group also regularly hosts an assortment of programs, including running programs designed to help runners of varying experience levels improve their cardiovascular endurance without actually having to spell "cardiovascular."