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.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
If you ask the trainers at K Zone what the keys to fitness are, they might say function and variety. And they would know: they've all lost 20?60 pounds themselves. At this studio, their main goals are to incorporate a variety of exercises for their clients during personal training and boot camps that keep muscles guessing and heart rates up. Kettlebells, free weights, resistance bands, and medicine balls are just some of the tools they use to help clients achieve their fitness goals. During boot camps, each client gets an intense full-body workout and sessions are available at varying times throughout the week to help accommodate almost any schedule.
The trainers of 5th Element Fitness come from diverse backgrounds: some are former collegiate football players and others are dancers turned weightlifters. But all work alongside one another and approach fitness training from a similar point of view. They emphasize creativity and functional movement in their workouts, whether strength training one-on-one with a client or leading a group fitness class. Classes run throughout the day on most days and include tabata interval-training sessions and circuit-training sessions
that use a variety of equipment and weights to increase strength and the ability to hold up weights.
Angela Young fell in love with dance when she was sixteen, taking and teaching classes until opening her own studio where, with the help of her instructors, she can share her passion with both kids and adults. Kids can learn the techniques of jazz and ballet, while adults shimmy and shake their way to fitness in Zumba and bellydancing classes. The team also offers a calming respite from the fun, pulsating rhythms with yoga sessions on Saturday mornings.