A self-described no-nonsense fitness studio, The Loft Gym's trainers focus on one thing and one thing only: getting their clients in great shape, quickly and safely. Inside the airy, lofted space, treadmills and weight machines await visitors along with handful of classes such as yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. The line-up also includes an intense boot-camp course, which encourages new students to work at their own pace until they can eventually complete the class from start to finish without stopping or quoting Stripes.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: strength training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills?such as free weights, lunges, and squats?to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage once per week.
The staff at Velocity Martial Arts swears by the martial arts as a nonacademic method for gifting kids with the tools they need to become successful and productive adults. As they learn combative moves in capoeira, Brazilian jujitsu, and kickboxing classes, they also learn to temper themselves and have respect for fellow students. Led by mixed-martial-arts Master Charles Panoyan, the school's instructors accept students of almost any age. That means even adults can learn body-conditioning exercises and self-defense moves that will serve them well on the street or when being pelted with mashed potatoes during a raucous board meeting.
The owners of Cutting Edge Fitness claim "the fitness industry is constantly evolving." To stay abreast of the ever-changing trends, they stock their facility with up-to-date technology and incorporate the industry's most innovative workout regimens during many of their group classes. They track pulses during select sessions on polar heart-rate monitors that display data on a 7-foot projection screen at the front of the room, encouraging attendees to monitor their progress and put the equipment's lie-detector capabilities to the test. They also lead virtual spinning sessions and vibration-based Power Plate classes, putting their own contemporary twists on familiar workout regimens.
The instructors also draw from their conventional arsenal of kettlebells, resistance bands, TRX suspension systems, free weights, and Pilates equipment as they lead invigorating sessions intended to tone muscles or incinerate free-loading calories. They incorporate multiple techniques to create challenging whole-body workouts, and they welcome students of virtually any age or fitness level.