Essential Dance Studio sees the pole not as a trinket from the latest core-building craze, but as an empowering tool for self-expression. In an intimate studio setting, instructor Charity Harvey blends traditional dance with pole art, yoga, and aerial-silk dancing. The studio’s dynamic space also includes a café that uses organic ingredients and displays work by local artists.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
With Mission: Metabolism, all students must first attend a Mission: Unbreakable session ($55) in order to boost mobility, flexibility, and baditude in preparation for the intensity of standard Mission: Metabolism classes ($219). Unbreakable sessions are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. The three-week session is a required prerequisite, but you can decide how to schedule it: enjoy three weeks of Mission: Unbreakable followed by a standard session of Mission: Metabolism for up to seven weeks of bliss and burn, or do both simultaneously. Your three weeks of Mission: Metabolism intensive exercise will be capped with a week of active recovery time and a nutritionally minded trip to the grocer—the first step to implementing fat-burning meal plans. You'll also get a one-on-one goal-setting session with your trainer. Full-intensity Mission: Metabolism workouts are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6 a.m., 6:45 a.m., and 6 p.m. at the Bay View location and at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Mequon locale.
At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.