• 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).
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Though the instructors at Brazilates teach classic techniques for toning the stomach and achieving a lean dancer's figure, they also honor the power of curves. As a testament to that, their Brazilian Butt Lift classes craft shapely rears with a combination of dance moves and lower-body exercises. As they demonstrate pliés and squats, they adjust their maneuvers to each student's skill level, fostering a compassionate space for beginners and regulars alike.
Their other classes focus on the four tenets of Pilates: stability, strength, stretch, and stamina. With wall-mounted springboards contributing resistance, groups work through routines that align backbones, enhance balance, and make it easier to dress as a slinky for Halloween. The curriculum covers mat Pilates, yoga, and cardio Brazilates—an energetic class that utilizes barres for leverage during ballet and jazz aerobics.
Brazilates is devoted to the strengthening of minds as well as muscles. Guests who want to flex their wits can attend the studio's improvisational acting classes, whereas those who want to let go of their mental stress can benefit from a massage.
The martial-arts masters at Elite Force Martial Arts help kids and adults employ practical self-defense tactics while shedding calories. Through a lineup of muay thai, Israeli self-defense, and kickboxing classes, instructors foster an upbeat environment as they guide students through rigorous 45-minute sessions in a variety of styles, each designed to boost confidence and strengthen limbs.
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.