Walking into CrossFit Lehigh Valley for the first time, visitors are bound to notice some differences compared to other, "normal" gyms. For one, CrossFit Lehigh Valley doesn't have any mirrors, or fancy equipment, or egos. That's because the facility views itself as a community where members come together to push and support each other to the next level—a similar process that sparks lifelong friendships in mosh pits. Coaches guide the way through every intense, varied exercise, and a different workout every day challenges individuals to improve on their progress from previous days. The facility boasts over 10,000 square feet of space with supplemental amenities including locker rooms and showers.
Though calories flee despairingly from the long lines of weight racks and cardio equipment that stretch across FitQuest Fitness’s expansive gym, a friendly staff escorts first-time guests on tours of the 10,000-square-foot facility and expansive hardwood fitness rooms. Independent-minded patrons can huff and puff their way through solo workouts on Magnum Fitness circuit-training machines or show off their biceps to dashing mirrored counterparts during free-weight curls. Hearts pump in communal harmony during more than 10 group fitness classes that blend muscle confusion to prevent plateauing, interval training, and quick intensity changes into a fat-busting cocktail. Students sweat out their inner children in 45-minute Fitness Toy Box classes that obliterate torpidity by way of sandbags, medicine balls, and resistance jack-in-the-boxes, and 60-minute Zumba classes melt away calories with fiery Latin dance moves. After the high-intensity presses, curls, and squats of the Get Pumped class, a relaxing hour of yoga can foster a frame of mind conducive to composing mature breakup letters to lovehandles.
Helmed by a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and featured on Channel 69, the classes at Sweat Like a Girl help tone muscles and boost self-confidence at flirty workouts tailored to women's physiques. With step-by-step instructions and a go-at-your-own-pace mantra, the studio's 10 classes suit students of all ages, sizes, and speed-reading abilities. Flirty Girl Fitness instructors scour dance clubs and music videos for sultry moves, then shape them into exciting aerobics routines that target calories for elimination. Pairing pole-based strength exercises with spins and climbs, one-hour Polefit sessions help each student sculpt long, lean sinews and prepare for jousting tournaments. Polates teams the core-bolstering poses of Pilates with tools such as poles, bender balls, and gliding disks to work on strengthening abs and improving posture.
The instructors at Todd’s Martial Arts believe the practice of martial arts is a vehicle that can transport students to a place of greater self-confidence and self-control. Of course, the facility also recognizes that getting into shape and chopping down trees with roundhouse kicks are probably students’ priorities, too. That’s where Todd Sensinger comes in. As the head instructor at TMA, Todd is a second-degree black belt, and has been teaching and practicing the sport for 15 years. Todd and a team of certified instructors teach students ages six and up. They also maintain a clean, welcoming dojang, or “training facility.”
Voted the valley’s Best Martial Arts Studio by Lehigh Valley magazine and The Morning Call, and led by a pair of skilled sensei and an experienced staff of instructors, Leading Edge’s fitness and martial-arts classes adopt techniques from various combat styles to cultivate toned muscles and self-defense techniques. Students of all ages and abilities can toss excess calories into the dragon's fire in fitness classes that encourage participants to punch through perceived fitness limitations at their own pace. LEMA Kardio Kickbox classes eschew strict martial-arts training for a range of aerobic fitness techniques, and half-hour Cage Fitness workouts adhere to the five-minute-round format used in championship MMA matches. Cage Fitness classes never involve contact or partner training, so students can save their fighting skills for trips to the DMV and late-night walks home through kung-fu-movie sets. Noncompetitive martial-arts classes for adults and children provide an overview of strikes, holds, locks, and throws designed to manipulate opponents and expose their animal spirits as runts of the ephemeral litter.