Koko FitClub condenses the expertise and guidance of an entire gym's worth of instructors into a tiny device, which accompanies club members to their workout stations. These minuscule e-coaches begin each session with a FitCheck analysis that privately diagnoses a member's body fat and lean muscle tissue percentage. Using the result of the FitCheck, the digital training system creates a customized strength and cardio plan, and a nutrition program to support it. The machines even provide guidance at each station, prescribing proper form, pace, and when you are ready to pull off a muscle tank top. All of this training is effectively crammed into a 30-minute visit, and results are posted online for members to peruse in the form of quick, handy numbers or progress-tracking charts.
Level 7 Fitness's owner Matthew R. Boulter knows that it takes to get in shape; he competed rather successfully as a body builder. He and his trainers can guide gym members in the use of equipment and weights, but they go a few steps beyond as well. They help students remain healthy by serving healthy snacks and drinks at their juice bar, along with nutritional supplements in their retail center. They also host a wide range of group fitness classes. They host yoga, cycling, and aerobics classes alongside TRX, kickboxing, and intense circuit training classes, so everyone gets the opportunity to work up a sweat in the manner they enjoy most, unless that manner is using a sledgehammer to knock down gym walls.
Surrounded by graffiti-strewn brick, exercisers at Endorphin box, cycle, and push themselves to the limit in a motivating space. Coaches guide groups through rigorous, endorphin-boosting classes, which include CrossFit and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Numerous yoga classes help students strengthen both mind and body during candelight or detox flow and various sunrise, vinyasa, and barre options. Those looking to get fit know they can count on Endorphin for challenging workouts and a more acceptable spot to showcase their new sweatbands instead of in the office, and group settings mean exercisers feel supported in their goal-setting sojourns.
Head coach Mark Koehl draws on his experience as a competitive Ironman triathlete and a certified personal trainer to lead exercisers through challenging CrossFit workouts. Mark and the team of coaches lead clients through WOD's featuring kettlebells, dumbells, and tinkerbells. The center also performs chiropractic care and massage to help taxed bodies recover from intense exercise.
The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.
The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.