In Tru-Strength Performance Center’s 4,700-square-foot gym, a team of personal trainers leads workout sessions, kickboxing classes, and boot camps that utilize a slew of cardio and strength-training equipment. Their range of classes includes general fitness boot camps—which whip students into shape with a blend of exercise and nutritional guidance—as well as dedicated training for performance athletes, with wrestling clinics and personal training.
The Yoga Place’s founder, Michael Curtis, considers himself an eternal student, always learning more of what yoga has to offer. Somewhat paradoxically, this is what makes him such a good instructor, since it means he’s ready to go back to any point in his yogic journey to help a fellow student. He characterizes his pursuit of yoga in three foundational descriptions: skillfulness in action, equilibrium, and clarity of mind. He imparts these principles six days a week in classes for all levels of practitioners.
Michael’s pursuit of fitness doesn’t end with yoga, however. He also has teachers on staff who conduct belly-dancing and tai chi classes, both of which are excellent ways to enhance the mind-body connection without growing an extra spinal cord.
Anytime Fitness attracts devout customers for its amenities alone: 24-hour access to its 1,700 locations across the country, 24-hour security, private showers and bathrooms, massage services, wellness programs, and personal training, to name a few. The gym’s top-of-the-line equipment from Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, and Intek Strength ranges from cardio machines—treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes—to strength equipment—free weights, weight machines, and circuit-training tools.
Beverly Clark helms a troupe of experienced fitness instructors at Excelerated Fitness & Pilates, folding her personal training certification into each of her classes. With her signature high energy, she leads students through the strengthening and elongating poses of yoga or helps them to build stronger cores ab by ab in Pilates. Peppering in self-defense moves with workouts, her six-week Strike sessions blend kickboxing and strength-training moves to give students a fighting chance against mugging kangaroos. Guests can also zero in on fitness goals during seasonal outdoor boot camps and month-long Pilates sessions.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. The Wooster Curves comes fully equipped with CurvesSmart technology, a computerized personal-training system that gives custom minute-by-minute exercise feedback and enlightens users with a postworkout progress report measuring strength gains and calories burned.
T.R.Y.-certified yoga instructor Kim MacKay funnels more than 25 years of experience into yoga classes for students of all skill levels. Steeped in ancient traditions such as Kripalu and Anusara, she infuses routines with classic yogic elements such as strength-building poses, deep-breathing exercises, and limbo competitions. Kim makes inhalations and exhalations a central focus during Vinyasa classes, which revolve around dance-like sequences of stretches and bends. Instead of eating sandwiches mid-headstand, class participants can explore mealtime poses during 30- and 60-minute Yoga for Lunch sessions.