Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Certified personal trainer Fabrice DeCola founded Body Physics in 2006, and it is his current professional outlet for his ongoing passion for fitness. His experience in the industry covers more than 22 years, going all the way back to a collegiate period when he was nationally recognized for his skill on the wrestling mat. His father, a professional soccer player in Italy, inspired him to succeed at other sports, and a career in business management gave him the market savvy to put his training certifications—earned from NFPT, NASM and AFAA—to use at his own facility. There, he adheres to the Egosque method, which focuses on dispelling imbalances in the muscular and skeletal system. His expertise in yoga, Pilates, and tai chi augments programs to improve posture, and an emphasis on mobility over strength ensures that his clients do not lift cows without first being able to outrun them. Fabrice's highly qualified staff of fellow trainers all contribute to the studio's roster of personalized services. Lessons center on each client's dictated goals and can lead to results such as weight loss or better sports performance. Most regimens incorporate a mix of resistance work, cardio drills, and nutrition advice for a more holistic approach to health than eating your doctor. Group classes can inject camaraderie into calorie-burning workouts, and specialized exercises prep prenatal, postpartum, and injured physiques for rehabilitation.
Mitzi and Molly's became friends on the sidelines of soccer and baseball fields, where their young sons played together. After frequent conversations, they became fitness buddies, and eventually decided to start a studio together to host their favorite activity, cycling.
The duo built CycleINPlace to feature tiers of state-of-the-art cycles with flywheels, arranged into stadium-like rows around the instructor's stage. A powerful sound system pumps energetic beats into the room at high volume to motivate cyclists. Driven by the music and the instructor's coaching, students conduct sprints, hill climbs, and intervals that alternate intense speed and intense conversations with an imaginary hiker.
"When the lights go down and the music turns up, there's this sense of peace that goes throughout the room, and we're just ready," says one student of JoyRide's energetic spin classes. That atmosphere is just what JoyRide Cycling Studio intended—from the club-like lighting to music that often comes from a live rock band, every element of the studio is designed to forge a challenging, blissful workout. And cycling is just the beginning. Although the studio focuses on spinning, they also offer a variety of other classes—including TabataRide, cycling interspersed with 20-second high-intensity interval drills, and SpinSculpt, 35 minutes of spinning and 25 of muscle-sculpting. In addition, other fitness sessions target areas the cycles don't touch—JoyFusion blends Pilates with strength training, JoySculpt grants a full-body workout, and JoyMama features workouts tailored for new mothers.
Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
Each trainer at Studio V Fitness holds at least one certification, while many hold multiple fitness certifications and degrees in related fields such as exercise science. Collectively, they use their knowledge to inspire participants to achieve their fitness goals with a variety of dynamic classes. Zumba classes get hips shaking with Latin beats and dance routines designed to shed calories, and other classes such as TRX suspension training and spinning focus on strength training, cardio, core exercises, and flexibility. They also lead Fitness Yoga classes that help develop lean muscles, core strength, and balance through Hatha and Vinyasa principles.