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 Doug 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.
Within her corner of Gold Medal Fitness, Pilates trainer Carolyn DeSimone helps exercisers boost core strength through workouts performed with precise physical alignment. She sculpts the entire body using the reformer suspension system or focuses on abs, lower backs, and glutes during mat classes that improve flexibility and posture.
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 Choudhury'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.
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!”
For more than 40 years, the family that owns and operates Paragon Athletic Club has been helping clients meet their health and fitness goals. Their spacious facility offers the latest workout equipment: a dedicated cycling room hosts spinning classes, and cardio machines with personal televisions allow guests to keep up with local news or their favorite sitcoms. In addition to upbeat fitness classes, staff provides services including personal training, fitness testing, and nutrition counseling. Clients can also head to the City Blends Juice Bar for a fresh and healthy post-workout shake or refreshing orange juice shower.
One is the loneliest number, which is why the well-appointed club for men and women Image Planet joins forces with neighboring health club for women Image 2000 to offer a plethora of fitness classes and workout equipment seven days a week. Inside the spacious cardio area, Life Fitness machines line the wall—each sporting built-in TV screens with more than 250 channels and a rotating selection of tiny people. Knowledgeable instructors guide all levels through more than 40 group fitness classes, from trendy Zumba and Pilates sessions to Image Planet's signature Silver Sneakers —a class designed exclusively for seniors. Guests can also reach their fitness and wellness goals through the club's menu of alternative-health options, which range from nutritional counseling and health seminars to onsite chiropractic services.
Image Planet's space-age design is courtesy of architect Rudy Fabiano, who paired exposed metal beams with high-vaulted ceilings and a to-scale replica of the moon. Guests refuel their bodies at the center's juice bar and health grill, and little ones stay entertained inside the learning center, which features a Nintendo Play Station and large movie-theater screen.
In one section of No Body Denied’s 26,000-square-foot facility exercisers work up a sweat amid a sea of more than 70 cardio machines. In another part, kids aged 9–14 hurdle obstacles, run on a track, and scale agility ladders during Track Attack—one of three programs made just for kids. As their gym's name states, the staff at No Body Denied set out to create a multipurpose gym to include everyone, and with that in mind, they also included a childcare center to relieve parents of watching their wee ones while working out.
Throughout three studios, the gym’s instructors lead more than 15 group fitness classes, including Group Groove, which inspires students to whip into shape by busting a move to up-tempo music. More than 85 classes take place each week, utilizing cycling machines, 25,000 pounds of free weights, and the NBD Strike Zone, where blue heavy bags try helplessly to defend themselves from a flurry of kicks and punches. A team of trainers also offers personalized athletic training and team training for adults and kids. To help guests recover after intensive workouts, No Body Denied’s dry sauna can help keep muscles loose and resistant to injury without the use of witchcraft.