The staff members at Rocksport Indoor Climbing & Outdoor Guiding Center regularly explore the Adirondacks and mountain ranges throughout the world, mentally cataloging the frost-kissed crags and adrenaline-soaked sheer expanses. When they are not leading adventurers on ice-climbing expeditions or scrambling through narrow caves, the climbers can be found on the 4,400 square feet of climbing space at their facility. There, they teach students to how to deal with complex stone surfaces in order to navigate actual cliffs or volunteer at the local gargoyle shelter. Rocksport owner Tom Rosecrans leads the crew, lending knowledge from three Himalayan expeditions and his self-published book Adirondack Rock and Ice Climbs.
At Global Fitness, members can burn calories on the treadmill-stocked cardio deck or build muscle with kettlebells and free weights. Group classes, such as spinning, boxing, and boot camps, provide a dose of camaraderie. Patrons can opt into the program that best fits their needs thanks to Global Fitness's various levels of membership.
The team of certified personal trainers at Jeanie’s Custom Fitness strive to tone bodies with motivational and judgment-free techniques. Boot camps accommodate students at all fitness levels and increase in intensity over time, unlike workouts that culminate in naps on a weight bench. Sessions integrate cardio, plyometrics, and strength training each Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. One-hour Zumba classes—held Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.—motivate dance and strength-building movements via Latin tunes that hypnotize hips into believing they're maracas.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Saratoga Fit's Kim McGuire knows that the pull of the refrigerator can be strong. The AFAA-certified group fitness instructor spent her childhood battling chubbiness, low self-esteem, and the barbs of mean-spirited classmates. As a teen, she resolved to rebuild her life by reshaping her body and eating habits. Bolstered by support from her family, she lost the extra weight and resolved to help others do the same. Since then, she's spent more than a decade working in the fitness industry, earning personal-training certification and a tae kwon do black belt, leaving fat too scared to think about ever coming back.
These days, Kim specializes in boot camps, which melt calories and fortify muscles with a blend of cardio, strength training, and core-sculpting exercises. Here, exercisers of all levels challenge themselves in an atmosphere filled with motivation, accountability, and the encouragement from up to 14 others who share their desire to succeed and love of culottes. Free weights tone muscles in the arms, shoulders, and back, and BOSU balls facilitate body-weight exercises that chisel the abs. Using tools such as the USDA and ACSM nutrition guidelines, Kim also teaches the group how to eat smart and requires each participant to submit a log of their daily food and exercise choices to ensure they stay on track.:m]]
Travis Gil believes fitness comes not only from training the body, but from a great mindset as well. He knows that a physical and mental transformation can be intimidating, so he created Fitness Artist to cater to clients one-on-one with custom programs or in small groups of two to eight. He and his staff of fitness professionals alter their regimens in every session, tailoring the workouts to the clients' levels of fitness and individual goals. The private, spa-like facility has individual workout rooms that are contained by frosted glass for privacy, helpful for busy people who may feel self-conscious about going to the gym during peak times. Group fitness rooms, which hold circuit training classes that utllize battle ropes, pull-ups, kettle bells, and slam balls, are tucked away in the back, as well. Private showers and an on-site massage therapist, plus careful details such as chandeliers and crown moulding, help elevate the studio's atmosphere.