Exotic Workouts believes getting fit doesn't require spending hours in a gym and performing monotonous exercises. Through their pole-fitness classes, which range from beginner's to advanced sessions, and their alternative-fitness classes, such as Booty Aerobics and Sexi Flexi, they help ladies burn calories and strengthen muscles without lifting a single weight. That's not to say the studio's workouts aren't challenging. Classes such as Pole Kitten require students to suspend themselves in the air simply with their thigh muscles, and Sexy Chair Fitness & Pole combine a variety of exercises that test students' leg and ab muscles for a full 60 minutes. If the studio and a traditional gym do share one quality, it's the confidence that they instill in their clients. Exotic Workouts members come away with a boost in their self-esteem, making it easier for them to confront the banana spider that's taken over their living room.
In 2013, Body Couture Pilates & Fitness was voted Best Pilates Studio by Local 10 thanks to its grasp on Joseph Pilates' workout technique. What's more impressive is that Body Couture Pilates & Fitness, a facility that isn?t overrun with treadmills and barbells, was also voted Best Gym. Instead, the staff relies on popular fitness classes such as TRX suspension training, Aerial Fly Gym, and Pilates/Barre combo classes, which utilize the Reformer to combine the two challenging workouts into one.
• For $29, you get a ten-class pass good for spinning, yoga, or Pilates classes (a $100 value). • For $49, you get a one-month membership, including a fitness assessment and unlimited yoga classes (a $49 value), the orientation fee (a $29 value), and two personal training sessions (a $51.80 value; a $129.80 total value).
CrossFit is an intense fitness program designed for overall athletic excellence, not specialization. The program, comprised of 45- to 60-minute classes, accommodates all skill levels by adapting load and intensity without the need for changing workouts or bicep-boosting intravenous spinach injections. Among the defining features of this program is the unpredictable, shifting workout of the day, which pinpoints daily exercises scalable for all fitness levels and generalizes for progressive improvement. The CrossFit program starts strong and ramps up in intensity every class, so missing workouts is not recommended.
The instructors at Kate Yoga encourage healthy bodies and peaceful minds by bending bodies into shape with a variety of yoga styles and classes for all ages. During one month of unlimited yoga classes, beginning yogis ease into common practices with Gentle Yoga, more experienced students learn to meditate and breathe serenely in Traditional Hatha yoga, and Cardio Boot Camp bumps blood flow up to speed-metal tempos. Members delve into as many styles as they like, and the schedule abounds with classes ideal for seniors, kids, and teens. Yogis happily obey class etiquette and bring along their own yoga mat, towel, and water. Beginners without supplies may rent mats for $2. Alternately, the studio's on-site boutique stocks a selection of mats, towels, and books to make an Ayurvedic guru launch into a fit of tantric jealousy.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Just as varied as the workouts are the class formats themselves. There are special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod, cut your workout time in half, or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. There's even a junior Jazzercise and Jazzercise team dance at some locations, which let you work out with your kids and teenagers. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.