When champion long jumper Wayne Davis pulled a hamstring during the 2000 Olympic trials, he turned to Pilates to augment his recovery?and was instantly wooed by its therapeutic and athletic benefits. Today, together with fellow certified trainer Lauren Smith, Davis blends weight training, yoga, and traditional Pilates into classes at his studio, Hardcore Pilates. Each Pilates class of eleven students includes exercises on an Allegro Reformer, whose roller- and spring-propelled platform helps strengthen torsos and straighten students? posture. Rounding out its staff of all-star athletes, the studio also employs a former pro football player, who leads spin classes set to lively music and incisive play-by-play analysis. After class, one-on-one stretch therapy helps refresh muscles and connective tissues, relax joints, and expand range of motion.
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. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the 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.
At FIT Athletic Club, the sounds of clattering weights, whirring treadmills, and friendly chatter fill the gym from dusk to dawn. These energetic sounds play out over state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment and high-end amenities such as a steam room and sauna. Members who tire of going it alone enjoy unlimited access to more than 300 group classes each month. After a tough workout, FIT Athletic Bar's smoothie selection gives exercisers a nutritious way to refuel, and the bar’s free WiFi lets them check email, update social networks, or Google the best ways to snag the available treadmill for a date Saturday night.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-getting one-hour workouts several times weekly. The fun classes utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. MetaBody's motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. They’ll keep your muscles guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so you’ll never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth-brushing. 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 class. In addition to the fitness classes, you will receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound-loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching.
Shape Women's Fitness' staff caters to every aspect of women's health, from the physical to the mental. Along with an array of fitness classes––ranging from kickboxing to yoga––they stock their workout floor with Italian–made Technogym equipment. In addition to exercise services, they provide their members with massages, an infrared sauna, and a pool that's heated to ensure comfort and discourage using it to fill water bottles. On-staff certified personal trainers help members of the women-only gym get the most out of their work-outs and guide them through proper nutrition.
In 2011, four University of Florida graduates came upon a revolutionary idea for physical fitness: a mobile app. As such, PeerFit integrates Twitter, Facebook, and most other cybernetic interfaces to give its clients the ability to send themselves workout reminders via text, schedule gym sessions, and search for exercise classes by location. The social aspect of the program also lets fitness enthusiasts peruse class and instructor reviews?and write their own. This digital network keeps clients abreast of the goings on at their local gym, and can make them one of the first to know when a new gym starts offering their favorite class.