The team members at Move Your Body Kidz Klub, Inc. know that it's more important than ever for children to develop an active lifestyle. They help youngsters stay in motion via age-appropriate group fitness classes such as yoga and dance. They offer interactive games, dance-based video games like Dance Dance Revolution, and devices such as the SportsWall, which, like a possessed Lite-Brite, promotes hand-eye coordination with blinking lights. The brightly colored studios are filled with kid-sized stationary bikes and elliptical machines, making the center an ideal spot for healthy holiday or birthday parties. The crew also gets older exercisers moving during Zumba classes for adults and teens, along with African dance classes and personal training.
"Stationary bike" is a misnomer when it comes to the RealRyder cycles at CoreRyder. True, they won't propel you across the gym like a bodybuilder would if you insulted his tan, but they tilt and lean like a real bike on the road. This movement engages the core, strengthening the gut as legs burn off plentiful calories through cardio.
At iSpin Studio, participants burn fat and tone leg and lower-body muscles as they pedal on StarTrac Blade bikes, their workouts accented with high-quality sound. Participants saddle up on exercise bikes and ride in comfort with free water on their first visit,
complimentary shoe rental and towel service, and a free imaginary ride home from their destination.
Blinking panels glow on the rank of file of cardio machines that stand like a robot army, ready to reshape humanity. Life Clubs' vast and luxurious facilities house fitness amenities such as a full-sized Pilates room with reformer machines, as well as hygienic touches such as hands-free water fountains that only respond to screaming. Light wooden lockers line the tile walls of changing rooms, which cushion feet with soft carpeting. Directly adjacent lay steam rooms that banish toxins from bodies with waves of heat.
While adults work out on the basketball court or in a group exercise class, children keep active in a kids' area with climbable indoor playsets. Once they sweat out the bad, guests restore themselves with good smoothies at a juice bar and paninis and salads at the Life Cafe.
At Howard Beach CrossFit, coaches Jennie and John put their degrees in exercise science to work prepping groups for every kind of physical activity with the CrossFit system. They ready their charges for everything from sports and work-related activities to daily chores by employing intense daily workouts that use functional movements. These movements include lifting during weight training, jumping on plyometric boxes, and pushing on the push press and combine to strengthen all muscle groups while enhancing speed and agility. Workouts are also scalable, which means that every person, be they a seasoned athlete or someone new to working out, can push themselves to their own edge and progress at their own pace. And to ward off the boredom of repetition, the instructors change the routine each session. One day, participants sprint and push sleds weighted down by plump reindeer, while the next they execute reverse lunges and supine rows. For the uninitiated, their beginner program familiarizes groups with CrossFit’s movements, and for those interested in individualized attention, they offer one-on-one and small group training. Howard Beach CrossFit has also began offering kickboxing classes for those looking for a one-two fitness punch.
Long Beach’s first indoor cycling studio, the newly opened Ocean Ride Cycling Studio, is a spinning-dedicated workout facility. Clients come here to burn calories and get fit while riding state-of-the-art stationary bicycles during spin classes taught by encouraging, experienced instructors. Each energetic class is customizable to all fitness levels, whether cyclists are beginners or spinning aficionados.