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. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her 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.
Intoxx Fitness's trainers push groups of students to their limits in search of better fitness and stronger bodies during classes such as kickboxing, spinning, and Zumba. Though the gyms' schedules vary by location, each hosts classes for all skill levels seven days a week, both in the morning and evening. The gym floor includes a large free-weight and machine lifting area for ample opportunity to supplement in-class workouts with more targeted exercises, for which personal trainers can assist with tips, tricks, and advice on chatting up that single weight machine.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Equipment: Cardio, weights, dumbbells, and machines
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
This is a small, personal gym. We get to know our customers. Our staff and other members in the gym will be there for support.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Socialize with other members.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
[I'm] a former body builder.
If Robert Jones III of Riley FAST looks familiar, it might be because his DVD workouts play in living rooms across the country via Comcast Fitness On Demand. Robert—who holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America—draws on more than 10 years of personal-training experience to help his clients reach their fitness goals. He holds individual and buddy personal-training sessions, as well as sport-specific sessions that focus on proper form and technique. He also conducts group classes such as boot camps, Zumba, and core classes that help individuals meet their goals in a supportive environment.
The staff at It Figures takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to wellness. To get bodies in shape, exercisers can work one-on-one with personal trainers, or sweat amongst friends during yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and other group training sessions. To continue the work outside of the gym, a nutritionist teaches clients how to balance their diets and how to balance their meals atop spinning plates. With fitness and nutrition under control, the on-staff reflexologist helps bring minds and bodies into balance. And all this work can be complemented by a vitamin regimen provided by the center's naturopathic doctor, who propels clients even closer to their wellness goals.