Equipment: TRX, Jacobs ladder rowers, kettlebells, treadmills, free weights, BOSU
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Garfield YMCA has promoted healthy lifestyles, youth development, and social responsibility for more than eight decades. While the organization has built new facilities, this core mission remains the same. Instructors teach fitness and swim classes for both kids and adults, and they coach competitive swimming teams at two locations in Garfield. The staff also keeps kids active and safe during before- and after-school care programs.
Tabata Bootcamp’s motto is quality over quantity, and certified fitness instructor Stacy DiGiacomo takes this to heart as she pushes her patrons to reach their weight-loss and fitness goals. To help them carve fitter frames, she leads high-intensity cross-training sessions in 30-minute intervals, with a focus on getting an effective total-body workout in a short period of time. She targets patrons’ upper, lower, and core strength with exercises that consist of 20-second microbursts of intensive movement, followed by 10-second periods of rest. These workouts are designed to speed up the body’s metabolism to ensure optimal caloric burn after exercising and can multiply the muscle-building effects more effectively than regularly dreaming about being a world-champion weightlifter. For well-rounded results, she also offers nutritional guidance and arms patrons with quick workouts they can complete in the comfort of their own homes.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Second-degree black belt Karel Pravec didn't get where he is today on brute strength alone. He worked hard to get there. And that's why at Silver Fox, instructors focus on building strong foundations in technique, which?along with physical and mental conditioning?is what builds champions. Inside the newly-renovated, 3,000-square-foot studio, students learn fundamentals and build up to more advanced levels during classes held seven days a week. The center also offers MMA kickboxing, ideal for anyone who wants to learn striking methods, get in shape, and have a cool acronym to throw around in conversations.
In CKO Kickboxing’s action-packed classes, students wail away at heavy, hanging punching bags, working out stress while building muscles with every punch and kick. Because the bags are so heavy, they add significant resistance into the workout, toning up muscles more effectively than punching slabs of beef and then eating the evidence. During the 60-minute classes, students rotate between cardio and strength training, bolstering heart-rates and targeting arms, legs, and cores.