The mission to motivate others doesn't stop at Aim High Studio's name. Whether leading sweaty cyclists through a virtual Grand Canyon, stretching limbs in a heated yoga studio, or strengthening hugs with TRX bands, the instructors always strive to help each student meet his or her individual goals. To accomplish this, they maintain small class sizes and offer one-on-one and small-group personal-training sessions. They encourage students to modify their workouts and blend their methods––some classes even combine spinning and yoga. The staff also encourages its guests to meet their fitness goals by assuming a holistic approach via bodywork. Deep-tissue and trigger-point massage therapy joins Thai-yoga bodywork and nutrition counseling on the docket of comprehensive mind and body care.
The popular Anytime Fitness chain, which has hundreds of locations across America, stays open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to accommodate the hours of its busy clients. The Norristown location of Anytime Fitness is spacious and modern, filled with Hammer Strength and Precor strength-training machines, free weights, and cardio equipment with TVs. To supplement the salvo of workout equipment, Anytime offers fitness classes such as Zumba and yoga. And its cheerful staff of certified personal trainers is on hand to develop wellness programs specifically to clients' individual fitness goals.
Torching Tabata and Spunata aren't the names of heavy metal bands—they're just two of the many funky and fun classes at Tone Zone. Others, including Cardio Kickbox, Butts & Guts, and Cycle Zone, all do what Torching Tabata and Spunata do—help participants to build muscle tone, rev up metabolism, and boost endurance. The client-first mentality of this fitness studio trades impersonal big-gym workouts for small, interactive classes helmed by motivating instructors. The studio also offers personal training sessions for those who want to work actively toward specific goals, such as losing weight or finding work as a Greek statue.
A stationary bike can actually take people places. Places such as optimal health, weight loss, and general well-being. At Doylestown Ride, spinning is in the heart of each instructor, especially since the fitness routine's impressive cardiovascular benefits lead to stronger hearts. Adding to the benefits, classes annihilate up to 750 calories per 60-minute session. Supportive instructors push everyone to reach their limits, and perhaps spin right past them. With 11 bikes in each class, class sizes remain manageable, meaning all students can get the individual attention they deserve.
Equipment: Kettlebells, TRX, dumbbells, barbells, Precor, FMS, Life Fitness, and bikes
Students should bring: Bottled water, comfortable clothes, and a towel
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Jennifer Anello, BodyRide’s owner, is a certified spin instructor—and while BodyRide is a boutique spinning gym, Jennifer’s love for dance still shines through in her classes. During workouts, the pulse of music surrounds clients while they spin within a dark studio and let the ambiance lead them on the mental journey of their ride. Her workouts blend pedaling with her signature upper body moves such as lifting weights, pushups, and crunches so that, like dancing, her classes tone the full body.
These BodyRide classes, for which her studio is named, are just one of the many available spinning class styles. Other variations focus on intense calorie burning.