Integrated Movement Xercize Pilates describes a fusion-fitness approach that blends the lengthening and muscle-toning action of Pilates with strength and cardio training for efficient body sculpting. The private introductory class (a $65 value) is designed to give novices familiarity with the Pilates reformer equipment, which pumps up endurance, muscle tone, and limberness, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core for Volkswagen-juggling contests. Under the individualized guidance of a highly certified trainer, Pilates pupils will perform a few baseline tests in the first session, allowing muscle doyens to evaluate body composition, strength, flexibility, and knowledge of sitcom theme songs, before developing a well-rounded fitness routine. Then select four of IM=X Pilate's Xercizer, reformer, hybrids, or TRX classes (a $40/class value, 25 options per week) to continue training and keep tickers pounding hard during demanding training montages. A robust schedule of classes offered throughout the week provides eager physiques with ample opportunity for calorie-blasting.
Although most gyms claim to be safety-conscious, few can say they have a chiropractor on-staff. Guilford CrossFit, however, counts two chiropractors?both of whom train at the gym?among their staff, helping CrossFit-certified trainers safely whip clients into shape. Trainers push clients to overcome their own perceived limitations through an intense strength-and-conditioning program that incinerates fat with the same techniques used by tactical operations teams, military special-operations units, and champion martial artists. Customized regimens of intense functional movements change daily, but often include weightlifting, plyometrics, and chasing passing police cars on foot.
Though quite experienced in the scientific field of traditional healthcare, Dr. Betty Brainerd, ND, believes the natural healing powers of the body can rival those of the lab. For more than 20 years, she has studied and practiced natural healing solutions in both hospitals and private clinics, listening to her patients' needs in order to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses them. Her treatments can reduce allergic reactions, balance bodily chemistry with nutritional supplements, ease chronic pain, or cleanse bodies of toxins and brains of all but the most useful state capitals.
Shoreline Fitness's certified trainers hold tight to their philosophy of leading a life in balance. They lead patrons toward this goal by targeting their core tenets of health and fitness—stability, movement, strength, and nourishment. Both of Shoreline Fitness's clubs welcome guests to their more than 15,000-square-foot training studios, which are packed with cardio machines and strength-training equipment to assist them on their journeys to overall fitness.
Throughout the week, instructors lead more than 150 fitness classes on the hardwood floors of their numerous training studios, and NASM-certified personal trainers meet with clients individually, drafting custom workout sessions to suit their specific fitness goals. As their parents burn calories, youngsters can burn excess energy in the onsite Kids Club. In the clean, secure playroom, a childcare staff leads wee ones in hands-on activities and enlightening discourse on the fleeting impermanence of reality.
The classes at CrossFit Battleground—intense, constantly varied workouts based on natural movements—are as ideal for first-time exercisers as they are for professional athletes, and that's the way the coaches like it. The crux of the program is the workout of the day, a full-body session that is performed with speed and intensity, borrowing functional movements from Olympic lifts, kettlebell training, plyometrics, and body-weight exercises. These workouts can be tailored to any exerciser by simply decreasing the weight, scaling down the intensity, or moving the workout to one of Earth’s few patches of land that aren’t affected by gravity. CrossFit Battleground challenges students to these regimens in classes held up to seven times per day, making missing class all but impossible.
At Northeast Fitness Factory, fighters are allowed to talk about Fight Club. Named after the iconic novel and film, the gym’s signature class blends strikes inspired by boxing and mixed martial arts with cross-training fundamentals, leaving students as confident as they are toned. It’s not all about fighting at this gym, though. Students can also enlist in classes such as dance-inspired Zumba cardio, yoga, and boot camp. Committed instructors push participants to the limit, working with all types of fitness levels to maximize results. They even have the option to leave their children in the gym’s daycare, where staff members supervise as tots play with toys or compare their stock portfolios.