Getting motivated to go to the gym isn't always easy, so the professionals at Proof Fitness wanted to make their gym a welcoming place that clients want to go to. One of the largest group fitness offerings in Lexington, the 20,000-square-foot facility houses more than 100 pieces of carido equipment, a large selection of free weights, and the latest circuit and strength training equipment. Additionally, there are four fitness studios, a TRX area, and an outdoor training area.
Seven days a week, their staff is on-site to work with clients on equipment if they want or for one-on-one personal training, small group training, and in their Youth Speed, Agility, Core and Vertical program. Group classes are both fun and functional. Sessions include kickboxing, ballet-influenced Barre, and stationary cycling, providing a host of options for members looking to put on muscle or shed a few pounds.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
The personal trainers at ProMatx pluck clients from the chaos of unorganized weight-loss programs and introduce fitness routines that are scientifically calibrated to breed results. Within a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere, resident health buffs assess bodies and map out meals to augment 12-week regimens of intense exercise. In addition to familiar routines that include step aerobics or plyometrics, some fitness sessions may incorporate unconventional techniques such as flipping tires or unicycling on a treadmill. Buttressed by nutritional coaching and group fitness classes, the routines aim to get participants fit without getting a surgeon involved.
A 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Ivy, owner of Ivy League Strength, specializes in teaching hot yoga. Her classes take place in an inviting yoga shala heated to 105 degrees, which is framed by mirrored walls and accented with dim lighting, rhythmic music, candles, and incense. Her Flow-based classes integrate various types of yoga, as well as other forms of athletic conditioning. Classes keep students and their muscle groups guessing with different poses to prevent overuse injuries and plateaus.
For more than 65 years, Barbara Ann's School of Dance has offered lessons for pupils aged 3 through adult. When the students pass through the school's pink doors, expert trainers immerse them in the art of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and more. Besides confidence, they instill dancers with coordination, poise, and grace. Since fun is a big part of dance, they also offer ballet-themed birthday parties where girls aged 3–8 can try on more than 100 costumes and face-pirouette into cake.