Yael Turkiewicz's studies in movement followed a staircase of disciplines, taking her from dance to aerobics to Pilates and eventually to yoga. She now holds certifications to teach the latter three fields, though she hardly considers her learning process complete—she attends continuing-education workshops to further explore the physics of the body. At her studio, she and her teaching staff blend the deep stretches of Pilates with yoga poses and light weight training. They add heat to many of their lessons, such as Hot Core and Hot Power Yoga, to loosen up limbs more safely than taping them to a strongman's pickle jar. By modifying postures to suit each student's skill range, they ensure that guests exercise within their comfort zones.
At Intelligent Fitness, the personal trainers and exercise instructors take their clients' success seriously. Instead of barking at them to exercise more, they teach their charges to maximize their workouts' effectiveness, taking a personalized approach to instruction that helps clients achieve their goals—from losing weight to tearing a phonebook in half with one hand tied behind their backs. Phil Sottile, the company’s founder, guides the company’s mission to coach, mentor, and motivate clients during personal-training sessions. Also helming group sweat sessions, the certified instructors lead classes such as Intell-Barre and indoor biking, which help melt away calories and stress.
Focusing on smooth, rhythm, or specialty dance styles, Bet U Can Dance's instructors lead private and group classes amid 13-foot ceilings and 6,000 square feet of hardwood dance floor. As 60-minute group sessions unfold, students meet fellow dancers, trade partners, and learn to lead and follow better than a military horse chasing its own tail. Ushered by professional cabaret and ballroom gurus, one-on-one and couples sessions allow for more personalized lesson plans, helping rug cutters to master dance varieties such as the East Coast swing, waltzes, and the fox trot. Additionally, high-energy Zumba instructors teach calorie-burning moves during a vigorous dance party backed by Latin beats.
Woodway treadmills whirr and weight machines clank 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Though staffed while sun's up, the fitness center is accessible via members' key cards at night, giving gym-goers ample opportunity to incinerate calories and tone muscles on a full range of Cybex equipment or pass off their tears as sweat while watching Homeward Bound in the cardio theater. Workouts are supplemented with private sessions led by certified personal trainers, online nutritional resources, and onsite tanning booths that gold-plate freshly toned frames.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
The certified trainers at IM=X Pilates help their charges bolster core strength, elongate spines, and build lean muscle with efficient Pilates-based classes. Pilates is the main focus, but instructors operate a variety of methods to achieve results, employing ballet training and cardio exercises in one class and stationary bikes in another, as well as equipment such as TRX resistance bands.