As a member of TeamBeachBody and an ISSA-certified personal trainer, Eric Shaw knows how to avoid fitness pitfalls. He encourages his pupils to "live richly" by abstaining from shortcuts and consistently testing their physical limits. His routines adjust programs such as P90X and Insanity to suit distinct goals, shunning the monotonous cookie-cutter workouts that force clients to carve gingerbread men out of cement. Dietary and supplement advice round out Eric's transformation plans, which target entire lifestyles instead of just muscles.
When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first Athletic Club in Buffalo in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders’ original vision, each of the Rochester locations' employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities that range of up to 30,000 square feet.
In addition to personal training, instructors lead more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, yoga, and Zumba—offered each week across their five locations. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool. Three of the RAC locations are for women only, allowing them to workout uninhibited by the company of men or asexual mermaids.
Tops Cooking School is nestled inside Tops grocery store, one of a chain of stores known for its fresh produce and skilled butchers. Their state-of-the-art kitchens, decked out with gleaming Viking appliances, set the stage for both hands-on cooking classes and professional demonstrations. During demonstrations, a chef prepares entrees in front of students, carefully displaying techniques and offering advice for prepping dishes at home or in bomb shelters located under homes. Hands-on classes put the students behind the counter, giving them a chance to practice preparing anything from Indian cuisine to healthy meals designed for people with diabetes, heart concerns, or gluten allergies. Local craft beer and wine accompany adult classes, and games and candy accompany children's cooking classes for tots ages 3 and up.
Powerhouse Gym's roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors guides exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired body-weight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals with whey protein and energy drinks.:m]]
At Taylor Rental, a knowledgeable staff of handypeople and do-it-yourselfers rents out the tools and machinery necessary to complete a honey-do list of home-improvement endeavors. For interior projects, the shop's floor sanders make exceptional tools for smoothing hardwood surfaces and rendering statue faces anonymous, and its carpet cleaners swiftly rid floor toupees of dirt and grime. Green thumbs wishing to plant lush, emerald lawns can make great use of Taylor's aerators, overseeders, and sod-cutting machines. A collection of tents shelters picnicking revelers and their fine china from stormy showers, and balloon inflators, disco balls, and fog machines make house parties feel less like penitentiary visits. Taylor Rental's parking lot also plays host to a fleet of RVs and U-Haul trucks for movers and vacationers.
Though CrossFit BoomTown’s owner, Chad Curtis, has been involved in fitness and athletics for half of his life—majoring in physical education, leading fitness programs for the Marine Corps, and conducting personal-training sessions—he has never been as excited about a fitness program as he is about CrossFit. He packs his gym with pull-up bars, kettlebells, and rings, and he assembled a team of fellow CrossFit-certified trainers to coach classes throughout the week. The team opens its studio to students of all ages and athletic backgrounds, guiding them through routines designed to foster strength, agility, and weight loss. After each high-intensity workout session, the instructors leave students with guidance on leading healthy lives outside the studio, from nutritional advice to encouraging them to walk up the stairs rather than renting a donkey to carry them up. In addition to CrossFit classes, the studio offers yoga and private training sessions.