Elite Fitness turns an industrial-size fan on the fog of boredom and uncertainty that dumbfounders people in their pursuit of healthy living. The gym floor packs in all manners of Cybex equipment and separate studios teaching a rotating schedule of group classes, from spinning and cardio kickboxing, to belly dancing and bandercize. The front desk even loans iPods, preloaded with songs and the sweetly whispered affirmations of your high-school gym teacher, to keep patrons moving. Post-workout, guests hit the showers, and get themselves work-ready with the help of complimentary toiletries and towels before retrieving their gear from one of the free lockers.
Elite’s team of personal trainers personalizes fitness regimens with one-on-one private instruction. A Crossfit-certified trainer leads extended workshops, including programs such as cardio boot camps and P90X. To keep patrons on the nutritional straight and narrow, Elite takes part in the 5 Squares program, which eliminates the chore of counting calories by delivering healthy, gourmet meals that are rich in protein and low in carbs.
Lorraine Aguilar, founder of Yoga Flow Studio, believes that a holistic approach to the mind and body can bring about happiness and health. With 20 years of yoga experience, she leads a staff with backgrounds in physical therapy, massage, martial arts, and other disciplines as they focus on every aspect of well-being.
Inside their sanctuary, instructors lead yoga-themed movie nights and meditation sessions, and more than 20 styles of yoga rotate into a schedule that typically offers classes every day of the week. The team is especially dedicated to the study and practice of Anusara and Ashtanga yoga techniques, which draw upon the same principles as Hatha yoga and the same moves as Gumby trying to get something off his back. Frustration gives way to relaxation in introductory sessions, and prenatal yoga helps moms-in-the-making relax. Guest speakers visit the center to discuss Buddhism, philosophy, and emerging yoga techniques.
Gathering active cyclists and dancers into the same space sounds like a recipe for collision, but the trainers at Core Fitness Studios have never witnessed an accident. That's because their bikes are stationary, though their Power Spin classes do capture the rigors of riding over hills, sprinting through straightaways, and jumping over canyons through varying resistance and pacing. The instructors also host TRX Fusion sessions, which pit students against their own body weight. During these courses, guests grip or dangle from suspension straps as they segue through resistance exercises at their chosen pace.
Certified instructors lead all of these classes in a supportive environment. Their studio seeks to preserve the small, personalized vibe of a boutique gym, and private training complements the group curriculum. Loucas Lianos, who has lent his expertise to the third-season winner of the Biggest Loser, oversees the staff alongside co-owner Audra, ensuring that exercisers receive custom lessons to suit their age and experience level.
The staff members of Bikram Yoga Locust Valley complete rigorous training under the tutelage of discipline-founder Bikram Choudhury, imparting their hot-yoga techniques with a rigorous authenticity. During the 90-minute sessions, students methodically stretch every tendon, ligament, joint, and muscle as the 26 postures burn fat, shrink stress, and leave pores salivating for more. Students tote along their own mat, towel, and water to the bright and beautiful studio, where forgetful pupils may purchase any supplies they forgot at home.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.