Whereas most fitness classes simply require you show up, the CrossFit classes at Dynamic Athletics require you try out first. After completing an introductory on-ramp class, which teaches the basics of CrossFit in a two-week span, aspiring CrossFitters must be accepted for training by coaches Bill and Chris. Lucky for novices, acceptance is not based entirely on aptitude; coaches mostly look for commitment, drive, and humble attitudes. Those who possess all three are welcomed back for daily rounds of CrossFit.
Koko FitClub is a radically different kind of fitness center. Members come in, have their fitness levels checked on the Koko Smartrainer, and then receive a custom, computerized key fob that stores all fitness information. The key fob, programmed with data to help clients achieve individual fitness goals, stores the day’s prescribed 30-minute workout and guides clients expertly around the workout of the day. With this fitness technology on hand, members move seamlessly from exercise to exercise, burning fat and building lean muscle while minimizing gym time.
In Venture Yoga's hot room, infrared rays elevate the temperature to triple digits. This balmy environment plays host to Vinyasa classes that link poses and breath into fluid cycles. Adjacent to the hot studio, traditional classrooms welcome students for other physical disciplines. Gentle yoga gradually improves balance and flexibility, while kids’ yoga is also available.
Before founding Elements Yoga and Wellness Center, Bruce Bassock and Donna Kuebler practiced poses and breathing exercises to battle the stress of careers in stock trading and event planning. They left behind the daily grind to found the studio and since then, their award-winning studio has been featured in Yoga Journal and the New York Times.
Students of all levels participate in Align and Musical Flow classes, where they stretch and bend to a mix of popular tunes that help dissolve anxiety. Seasoned instructors also lead one-on-one yoga training and a 10-week prenatal course that shows moms how to pose while holding a baby or chasing a runaway Radio Flyer. After a challenging mind-body workout, students can soothe their muscles with massage therapy and reflexology, which are available by appointment.
The supportive staff of personal trainers, boot-camp instructors, and nutrition coaches at Infinity Fitness may be quick to give clients technical tips regarding exercise, but they’re even quicker to give words of encouragement. This kind of engagement helps exercisers get the most out of the gym’s offerings, which include boot-camp workouts as well as private and semiprivate personal-training sessions that track results five different ways. As noted on the website, staff members view clients as “walking billboards” for their programs' effectiveness. In return, the staff asks only that clients work hard and stand for weeks at a time by the highway.